December 7th, 2009

Best of 2009

If you love music, then chances are you’re excited for the inevitable year-end lists that music magazines and websites will soon start to publish.  What is it about the start of a new year that makes us want to create lists?  Lists can be a great way to remember the year gone by, and they can also be the perfect opportunity to learn about music that you may have missed.  My top five albums for 2k9 are…

It’s Blitz by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – The third album by the group manages to maintain a lot of the energy and personality that made their first two albums so great, but also tries out some new styles and directions.

Farm by Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur Jr., one of the founding fathers of the alternative sound that swept through mainstream radio in the early nineties, have been making albums for as long as I’ve been alive.  For a 25 year old band they haven’t lost anything – they can still structure a terrific rock song that manages to combine the melodies of pop with the raw energy of punk.

XX by The XX – The XX are my favorite new band of the year.  The XX make use of back and forth lyrics of their male and female singers and stripped down songs with programmed drum beats to sound incredibly modern, and wholly unique.  This is a great album to put on to relax – really great mood music.

BLACKsummers’night by Maxwell – If you’re a fan of classic R&B and soul, then you’ll love this record.  Maxwell writes terrific songs that manage to be both evocative and catchy.  The lyrics and melodies will stay with you long after the CD has stopped playing.

Live at Reading, by Nirvana – If you had told me a year ago that I would ever like listening to Nirvana again, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.  I enjoyed them well enough when they were new, but over the next 15 years they got seriously overplayed (both their own songs, and all of the bands that copied their style).  Live at Reading definitely changed that.  This is a terrific performance, and really reminds you what made the band so great in the first place.

Wondering what artists were popular with other Cecil County Public Library patrons?  These were the most checked-out artists for the past year:

- The Beatles
- Coldplay
- Pink
- The Eagles
- Miley Cyrus
- Sugarland
- The Dave Matthews Band
- Kanye West
- Nickelback
- Kenny Chesney

So now that you know my favorite music from 2009… how about you?  What music did you really love this past year?  Leave a comment and maybe you can help someone find their new favorite CD!




11 Responses

  • ekj Posted December 7th, 2009

    My #1 2009 favorite is The Dead Weather album Horehound.

  • Christy Posted December 8th, 2009

    My favorite cd in 2009 was Twang by George Strait.

  • Kerry Posted December 8th, 2009

    My favorite of 2009 is Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone. Her music and artwork are fabulous…

  • Megan Posted December 8th, 2009

    Dave Mathews Band – Big Whisky and the GrooGrux King is the one getting the most air time in my car. I also enjoy Ben Harper’s newest with Relentless 7, White Lies for Dark Times. I think my biggest musical disapointment this year was Pearl Jam’s Backspacer. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Company of Thieves impressed me with Ordinary Riches. I might be slightly bias because I am a huge Oscar Wilde fan and anyone who titles their song with his name gets at least one vote from me. Honey Honey put their album First Rodeo out in 2008 but I had never head of them till last month so I’m putting them on my 2009 list anyway. :p Hopefully the next album will have their awsome cover of 1979 on it.

  • Monica Posted December 8th, 2009

    Some great choices on there! I’d also like to add “The Uprising” by Muse, “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day, Wilco (the album) by Wilco, and “The Fray” by (you guessed it) The Fray

  • Monica Posted December 8th, 2009

    Whoops sorry! I meant “The Resistance” by Muse

  • BM Posted December 8th, 2009

    The XX? Dinosaur Jr? I know you think listing bands no one has heard of makes you different and therefore more important. In reality though, no one thinks you are some deep artistic individual.

    You want to remember the new hotness of 2009? Check out Miley Cyrus-Party in the USA. Also, Beyonce. Lil Wayne. Rihanna. T-Pain. and of course…LADY GAGA! That woman is a musical genius in every sense of the word.

    GO BOOKS!

  • ekj Posted December 8th, 2009

    I thought Anthony’s picks were really good and I’m going to check some out. I think part of the purpose of the post was to see everyone’s different opinions for best of 2009.

  • pjo Posted December 8th, 2009

    Good picks, Anthony! I have heard of all of the artists you mentioned and would like to add a few to the list…

    The Boxer Rebellion’s “Union”, Grizzly Bear’s “Veckatimest”, Mastodon’s “Crack The Skye”

    I apologize if these artists aren’t played on the radio and familiar to all. Music is like wine. Tastes vary and evolve. There truly are no “rights” and “wrongs”. I just prefer a good Rioja over Boone’s Farm.

  • Allie Posted December 9th, 2009

    My absolute favorite of 2k9 would have to be OneRepublic’s “Waking Up”. It just came out a few weeks ago, but I love every song and its been in heavy rotation on this girl’s Ipod.

    P.S. I think you’ve got some great choices on here Anthony! I didn’t know that the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s came out with something new this year so I’ll have to go pick that one up, and BLACKSummer’s night is a great CD when you’re looking to chill out.

  • Katie Posted December 10th, 2009

    Hey Tony,

    They came out quite recently, but Them Crooked Vultures released a mighty fine self titled debut album. With already famous members such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) they have put together a group that is truly worthy of the title “super.”