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.
If you'd like, take a look at list in its entirety
- 5 Through 1 -
#05) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - The Century Of
I'll probably never be able to recall why or when I lost interest in this
band, but I will always remember this thunderous effort as the reason I
jumped back on the bandwagon. It's easily my favorite modern rock
album in years, and I hope they they can be just as epic on the follow-up.
Of Dead - Bells Of Creations:
#04) Lightning Dust - Infinite Light
Want to know what I expected from this album? A few good tracks.
Clearly, I was wrong. But really, there's no way I could have
predicted that every song would have a great hook, an interesting sound and
at least one moment of vocal brilliance from Black Mountain's Amber Webber.
Stop judging me!
Dust - Dreamer:
#03) Thao With The Get Down Stay Down - Know Better, Learn Faster
While I had complete faith in assuming that Thao, Willis and Adam would
follow up We Brave Be Stings And All (my #1 album last year) with
something great, I didn't think it would be such a vastly different listen.
This is them in a more adventurous state, and I strongly advise that you buy
With The Get Down Stay Down - Body:
#02) St. Vincent - Actor
A couple of years ago Annie Clark dazzled my world with a whimsical and
endlessly charming album (also a #1 pick) that I thought she might find
difficult to top. Oops. Similar to Thao and Co., this is her swinging
for the fences and having a great time doing so.
Vincent - The Strangers:
#01) Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
To be honest, this was a year where any of the albums in the top part of
this list could have been placed in this spot. So why Cymbals Eat
Guitars? Because I listened to this release the most this year, and I
love that it's a perfect hybrid of indie rock and pop. Pick this up
(and cherish it) if you have yet to do so.
Eat Guitars - Some Trees (Merritt Moon):
Other Records That I Fancied A Bit
1. Why? - Eskimo Snow
2. Russian Circles - Geneva
3. El Perro Del Mar - Love Is Not Pop
4. White Rabbits - It's Frightening
5. Cursive - Mama, I'm Swollen
5 Records That Seemingly Impacted Everyone But Me
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
3. Animal Collective - Meriwether Post Pavilion
4. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
5. Girls - Album
The 5 Best Shows I Attended In 2009
Bon Iver at the Paramount
Mono at the Mohawk
The Decemberists at Pangea
Melt Banana at Fun Fun
Explosions In The Sky at Stubb's
- John Laird -
otherwise expressly stated, all text in this blog and any
related pages, including the blog's archives, is licensed by
John Laird under a
Creative Commons License.