2009 was kind of a hectic year for me, I couldn’t devote close to enough time to listening to new music as I would have liked to, however I did listen to a fair bit. There was some great stuff released as long as you searched for it and I’d love to know what you thought was album of the year.
Here’s my top 3 in no particular order:
Black Crowes – Before the Frost/Until the Freeze
Once again the Crowes have become a great band. I thought they were done so many times, and once Mark Ford left the band again I pretty much wrote them off. Then they added Luther Dickinson to the band on guitar, and the transformation is amazing. One of my favorite bands of all time, they release a double album here, recorded live in front of a small audience, a unique idea. The songs are killer, the playing is great and once again I wish I still smoked pot.
MP3: Good Morning Captain
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
How much do I love Doves? Way too fucking much. I never thought they would do better than Some Cities, an album that I could only wish to write, but they not only released an album that surpasses that but they did it so under the radar and with such genuine enthusiasm for the art of song writing, my hat is off to them. I can’t believe I haven’t seen them live yet, I hope to rectify that soon.
Matthew Ryan – Dear Lover
Simply put, Matt Ryan has a unique talent for not over-producing his material. In fact, with his penchant for writing gritty, heart-wrenching material, coupled with his incredible knack for melody and wonderful instrumentation, Ryan stands head and shoulders above his peers on his latest release. At times anthemic, and at others sparse, it truly is a wonderful record and one I have been listening to over and over.
MP3: The Wilderness