Top Albums of 2009

Just like last year, I wanted to write a short post about my favorite music from 2009.   And of course just like last year, this is entirely subjective.  I again found it quite difficult to go down the list.  In fact, after the top 3, I couldn’t pick the next few in order, so I am only going to give a top 3 and then some honorable mentions.

Top 3 Albums of 2009

1.  Avett Brothers, I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers have become my favorite band, and we were lucky enough to see them in Charlotte on August 8th, their home turf.  This is an incredible album.  While musically it is different from their early roots, I am a big fan of bands pushing themselves and growing.  I love the song “Slight Figure of Speech,” which takes a jab at the fans that are complaining about the “New Avett Brothers…”  Lyrically this album is one of the most complete albums I have listened to.

2. Switchfoot, Hello Hurricane

Jon Foreman said they poured their heart and soul into this album, and that they wanted each song to feel like it could be their last, and that they would be proud.  Those sentiments show.  The albums is fantastic musically and lyrically.

3.  Needtobreathe, The Outsiders

One tweet from a pastor I follow said this band was amazing, so I went out and listened to their latest album, and quickly fell in love.  For a long time I thought this might be my number one album for the year, but in the end my two favorite bands released excellent albums that just beat it out.

Honorable Mentions for 2009

In no particular oder:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Castle:

An album that many of us thought might not ever see the light of day…  Only their 2nd non-Christmas album.  I have not gotten into this album as much as I did with Beethoven’s Last Night, but it often takes me quite a while to get into Rock Opera.  TSO again blends “classical rifts” with Rock, along with an in depth story that is impossible to follow from the music alone.  You have to read the story they provide with the music to understand.

U2, No Line on the Horizon

Their best work in awhile… I just don’t get into them as much as I used to.  When we saw them in concert this year, many people said it was an amazing show.  I thought it was an ok show, but not nearly as good as a few shows we have seen in the past (Elevation, Zooropa, Pop-mart).

Wilco, Wilco: good catchy music

Andrew Bird, Noble Beast: at first I thought Bird was trying too hard with his words… but it grew on me, and I now consider him a poet set to music

Pearl Jam, Backspacer: I find it hard to get into the heavier music these days, but this takes Pearl Jam back to their glory days

Top albums added to my library in 2009 that were not released in 2009

Some albums that came out in 2008 that I missed last year:

Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes

Blitzen Trapper, Furr

Welcome Wagon, Welcome to the Welcome Wagaon

My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges

Old Classics Added this Year

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper — had many of the songs in my library, but not the entire album.  I tried to teach the kids the concept of an album using this one, and they just started saying “Play ‘The Album’ Daddy anytime they wanted to hear it.  🙂

The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

Top Artists all time

I thought the Avett Brothers might catch Switchfoot, but it didn’t happen…  Some of these play counts include Kelly, and she loves Switchfoot.  🙂

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