Album of the Year?

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.

MP3: Lifelines

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

18 thoughts on “Album of the Year?

  1. still havent listened to the crowes record, and i know i need to. anyway, here’s my top ten…

    1. roadside graves.my sons home
    2. magnolia electric co.josephine
    3. dawes.north hills
    4. richmond fontaine.we used to think the freeway sounded like a river
    5. jason isbell and the 400 unit
    6. dinosaur jr.farm
    7. bombadil.tarpits and canyonlands
    8. a.a bondy.when the devil’s loose
    9. built to spill.there is no enemy
    10. the evening rig.is doin stuff

  2. The Damnwells – One last century (still available for free from their website)
    Justin Townes Earle – Midnight at the movies
    Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  3. I am so far behind in listening to new music that its pathetic and i should be ashamed for it! its so bad i can only think of 1 new album i have worth mentioning and the would be The Decemberists- Hazards of Love.

  4. Bat For Lashes-Two Suns
    Tom Waits-Glitter & Doom Live
    PJ Harvey & John Parish-A Woman A Man Walked By
    Matthew Ryan-Dear Lover
    U2-No Line On The Horizon

  5. Hi Scott, my first post to you! Love your show and blog and LOVE your bands TS & GT. My wife and I are huge fans. We also love LANEGAN!!

    Best albums this year:-

    Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe. I love this band (can’t quite fully convert the wife though) – Scott, please confirm if you like them a lot (and Greg too?). They are truly wonderful. Just seen them in Manchester and Soulsavers supported – what a great gig and a double treat for me.

    Soulsavers – Broken. Lanegan looms large again, and the whole set is awesome. Buy it.

    Alice in Chains – Black gives way to blue. Bit worried about how this would sound, as I’m sure a lot of AIC fans were. Well – wow. Brilliant – some of their best tunes yet. RIP Layne – but welcome back and welcome William!

  6. in no particular order these albums really stood out this year and have been on constant rotation at home for me

    matthew ryan – dear lover (just brilliant i wouldnt expect anything less)
    alberta cross – the broken side of time -(fell out of nowhere and blew me away)
    tru blood original soundtrack
    kings of convienience – declaration of dependence
    simple minds – graffiti soul – really suprissed at this one,it was almost as good as u2’s album from this year,just great songs great playing

    not to mention the beatles reissues sounded great,and the deluxe version of john martyn’s solid air was great also….

  7. here’s my top ten:

    1. Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
    2. Timber Timbre- Timber Timbre
    3. The Antlers – Hospice
    4. M. Ward – Hold Time
    5. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
    6. Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of a Friend
    7. Why? – Eskimo Snow
    8. Deer Tick – Born On Flag Day
    9. The Felice Brothers – Yonder Is The Clock
    10. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

    2008 gets my vote for worst year of the decade, but thankfully I thought this year was a huge improvement. I could’ve made a list of near 40 albums that I enjoyed, but these ten were awesome.

  8. I’ve heard some newer bands that I’ve liked this past year – Phoenix, Metric, Cold Cave, and some others that I can’t remember…

    But, here are the artists that make my 2009 album list:

    Silversun Pickups: Swoon
    They were amazing at the All Points West festival this summer. I trudged through a mile of New Jersey mud just to reach the stage. “Panic Switch” just rocks.

    Passion Pit: Manners
    Yes, I know they have already sold-out for a TV commercial. But, I still enjoy them.

    Fever Ray (self-titled)
    She would have been on the Wax Trax Records roster in the 90s. Really original, just love her.

    Paul Westerberg: PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys
    An EP, which was released under the radar. Just good tunes, sounds like he’s having fun with it.

    Bad Lieutenant: Never Cry Another Tear
    New Order without Peter Hook, basically.

    Plus – some acoustic Gutter Twins bootlegs from Europe, especially Berlin and Brussels. Since there wasn’t any New York City show 😦

  9. 1. Morrissey – Years of Refusal (this took me by surprise)
    2. Franz Nicolay – Major General
    3. Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
    4. J. Tillman – Vacilando Territory Blues
    5. John Frusciante – The Empyrean / Brendan Benson – My Old, Familiar Friend

  10. 1. Crippled Black Phoenix – 200 tons of bad luck
    Quite unique sound, mixture of Pink Floyd and Queens of the Stone Age?
    2. Fink – Sort of a Revolution
    Quite unique sound as well, athmospheric songwriter with some electronics thrown in
    3. Julian Plenti… is skyscraper
    Better than anything Interpol ever did.
    oh.. and the latest Arctic Monkeys is pretty good as well.
    Cheers

  11. Not to be left out, here were my faves of ’09:

    1. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone

    2. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (Self Titled)

    3. Matthew Ryan – Dear Lover

    4. Wussy (Self Titled)

    5. Soulsavers – Broken

    The rest of my top 10 would probably include Dinosaur Jr (Farm), Pearl Jam (Backspacer), Coconut Records (Davy), Discovery (LP) and Drivin N Cryin (Great American Bubble Factory).

  12. A.A. Bondy “When the Devil’s Loose”

    The Felice Brothers “Yonder is the Clock”

    The Builders and the Butchers “Salvation is a Deep Dark Well”

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