Top 5 Albums of 2009

I know it is not quite the end of the year yet, but in the spirit of the year wrapping up, and snow finally falling, I am listing my picks for the top 5 albums of the year.  There is no order of preference…almost.

1. Brand New- Daisy
Probably my favorite album of the year.  Brand New never makes the same album twice, and this release proves it.  With a crazy mix of deep-south guitar, hollow shouting vocals, and an overall recorded in the basement feel, this album was, in my opinion, the most impressive release of the year.

2. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
More polished than their first release, Swoon delivers a near perfect sequence of interlocking songs that are perfect for listening at night.  The fuzzy shoe-gaze guitar work is magnificent and the androgynous vocals are smooth and relaxing.  This release sounds like nothing else this year.

3. Metric – Fantasies
This album blows their previous efforts out of the water.  Metric dropped the rough feel of their older work in favour of a fuzzy more polished sound that borders the line between mainstream and indie.  The result is a group of songs that have enormous appeal,  resounding  just as well on the radio as on hipsters ipods.

4. Placebo – Battle for the Sun
Brian Molko didnt reinvent his band for this release.  He simply balanced out the electronic elements of his band’s previous album Meds with the rock vibe that brought the band success in the late ninties.  The standout tracks, ‘For What it’s Worth’ and ‘Speak in Tongues’ are worth the price of the album alone.

5. OneRepublic – Waking Up
Timbaland may have brought OneRepublic into the public eye with the inclusion of his re-working of the band’s hit ‘Apoligize’ on  his Shock Value album, but Waking Up proves that the Los Angeles band can get by just fine on their own.  It’s a mellow feel-good disc, with upbeat positive songs.  Give a listen to the first single ‘All the Right Moves’ to get an idea of just how much these guys can rock, without actually rocking.

Honorable Mentions: Green Day – 21’st Century Breakdown, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz, Billy Talent- III

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