that I've wrapped up my favorite songs of the year
list, it's time to talk albums! Here's hoping
you haven't worn out your download finger.
- 15 Through 11 -
#15) Metric - Fantasies
There's usually one release a year that I have to slap a guilty pleasure
label on, and this was definitely it in 2009. Oddly enough though, it
took four albums before it dawned on me to label Emily Haines' lovechild as
such. Guess that's what a shot of glossy arena rock will do to a
- Satellite Mind:
#14) Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
You'd think that by this point this veteran act would have turned the volume
and the distortion down to mostly nothing, but these guys are still rocking
along like they haven't been around for an eternity. Note: I won't
blame you if you wear earplugs while listening at home.
Jr - Farm:
#13) Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
While I do like my pop music with a dash of spontaneous spunk, there's
something endlessly endearing about a collection of such well crafted and
refined songs. I honestly don't think anyone this year did anything
even remotely as slick as this.
Obscura - My Maudlin Career:
#12) Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Admittedly, this kind of music is not for everyone. It's very slow
paced, intricate and it plays out as though it was crafted specifically as a
score for a film. Still, instrumental rock doesn't get much better
than this, and I implore you to grab a pair of headphones and give the album
at least one good listen.
- Pure As Snow:
#11) Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Self Titled
When I found myself with this album on repeat earlier in the year I thought
it would be something that I'd eventually get bored with. But, of
course, that turned out to be crazy talk. If I had to take just one of
these trendy hazy pop acts that are everywhere right now, it would
undoubtedly be this one.
Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction:
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