- 1Animal Collective“ Wow. There are a few average tracks, and it's possible that I'm overreacting a bit, having been on an Animal Collective high since they shocked me at Coachella 08 (playing mostly unreleased songs that appeared on this album). But there is no question this is the most original record that I have loved in years. Biggest leap forward of 2009. I was only a partial fan of AC below this, in fact some of their music I haven't even kept. I salivate at the thought of seeing them live again (unfortunately walked into Bonnaroo as they were finishing up their last song). „
- 2U2“ For all I know this could even be the album of the year. I save my U2/Wilco listening for when I'm spending quality time with the wife (I can't expect her to chill with me listening to ISIS or Satyricon or Phil Lesh and Friends). And I don't listen to the radio much these days (do they play U2 on the radio? who knows anymore), so I actually haven't been overexposed to this record yet.
I do know it has at least some great songs, and I think it's sad that, like Vertigo, they led off with that stupid Boots single, the worst track on the album. But every song before Boots, which i think is #6, is either really good or a stone classic, and there are some great songs later in the record as well „
- 3Yeah Yeah Yeahs“ This is the album that most feels like "2009" to me, for whatever reason. Maybe because it's so fresh and original, maybe because YYY's are a band that I really didn't want to like, and took a long time to get into, maybe it's because I saw them play this material at both Coachella and Bonnaroo.
It's Blitz just grows and grows on me. There is something about the way Karen O sings on this record. And while I've always been a fan of their songwriting, there are at least 3 songs (the first 2, and the last) on this record that are just 5 star, A-list, difficult-to-get-out-of-my-head songs. „
- 4Doves“ Every Doves record to date has been of the highest quality, and this is no exception. Title track might well be my most-listened to song of the year. „
1372 Overton ParkLucero
- 7The Mars Volta“ First 2 Volta full-lengths are stone genius. Everything after is pretty damn great as well, but I'm always a shade disappointed after the first 2-3 listens. But then it grows and grows, or I see them kill a track live, etc „
Them Crooked VulturesThem Crooked Vultures
- 10Green Day“ Not quite "American Idiot", but unquestionably a strong record „
- 11Flaming Lips“ Very pleasantly surprised by this piece of interesting nocturnal weirdness. It’s like the polar opposite of their last record. Makes me wanna see the tour even. „
- 12Mastodon“ A fine return to form after the slight disappointment of the previous release. „
- 14Sonic Youth“ GREAT record. However, this is kinda a weird year for me in the sense that I'm not really FEELING this record like other equally good SY records of recent times. Not sure why - and I don't think it has to do with the quality of the record, which is as consistent as they come. „
- 15Bruce Springsteen“ Nothing on this album sucks but the songs overall are slightly weaker than his other records since the comebabck. Nothing that I didn’t like, just a bit more slight than I’d hoped.
I didn’t like the "outlaw pete" song when I first heard it but am really starting to dig it now (even tho in places it directly rips off the melody of "I was made for loving you" KISS’s attempt at disco c) 1980), and even tho some of the lyrics seem a little ridiculous. He KILLS this song live, if you get a chance find the version from Bonnaroo which was broadcast on Fuse and is somewhere viewable on the web i'm sure. But there aren’t many other really standout songs.
Still - a step down for The Boss shouldn't be ignored if you are a fan. „
There Is No EnemyBuilt to Spill“ while a solid record by most standards,definitely a bit of a disappointment to me. BTS are one of my alltime faves, but this one is less memorable than any other of their major label releases. „
- 17Dave Matthews Band“ Has a couple of great songs ("Why I Am" and one other). And a bitchin' album cover. Best DMB since Crash. „
Wilco (The Album)Wilco
- 20Dan Auerbach“ Big fan of the Black Keys but I feel like this album has a bit more soul, songs a bit deeper, etc. Auerbach is only slightly less talented than Jack White, and it's good to see both of them branch out beyond the solo guitar-with-drums dimension „
Yours Truly, the CommuterJason Lytle
World Painted BloodSlayer
Tarot SportFuck Buttons
- 24Heartless Bastards
By a ThreadGov't Mule“ Another surprisingly strong studio record by a live fave not known for great studio work. „
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