Adam Kandle’s top albums of 2009
December 24, 2008
The best music that I heard in 2008 … In no specific order TV On The Radio – Dear Science – If Prince started making music in the future and was deeply influenced by Radiohead it would probably sound a lot like Dear Science. Did I mention that Prince would also be from another planet? Dead Confederate -Wrecking Ball – Definitely for fans of Kings of Leon, these guys sound like what Nirvana would have sounded like if they grew up in the south and Kurt Cobain was into whiskey and not heroin. Glasvegas – Glasvegas – The most fun and energy Ive heard on an album since The Strokes debut. If you like The Stone Roses then youre sure to like these guys. The Killers – Day & Age – Pop music never sounded so good. If you cant dance to or at least tap your toe to this album then someone should probably take your pulse. Duffy – Rockferry – Shes the newest Amy Winehouse sans the tattoos and the drug problems. In other words shell probably be in the studio and not a jail cell soon. David Byrne & Brian Eno -Everything That Happens Will Happen Today – The most unlikely great album considering Byrnes strange solo efforts. Eno finds a way to tie it all together though and the results are astonishing. Dr. Dog -Fate – They hail from Philly and I went to school with the drummer but thats not the only reason I like them. Their albums evoke equal parts Beach Boys and The Band and Fate has a sense of whimsy that makes me wonder how they could have possibly grown up in the same area code as me. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular – One of the most hyped bands of the year and for once its well deserved. The first listen might have you scratching your head but the second will have you bobbing it. Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That S**t Gold – One of the few hip-hop artists that can make you dance while still being intelligent. Definitely for fans of Jurassic Five or even fans of early Roots. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago – Iver makes unique folk music, unique in the sense that he exists within a genre so intertwined with lyrics and yet I cant understand half of what he is singing. Despite this, his voice and the musical accompaniment are so haunting that it really doesnt matter. I say just make up your own lyrics. Beck – Modern Guilt – Constantly reinventing his sound, this time with a bluesy, psychedelic rock mash-up done Beck-style. Im still waiting for his post-polka album. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Cardinalogy – Easily the most balanced album of his career, Adams overcomes drugs and proves that you can still write amazing music. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes – Harmonies that sound like theyre from another world that harken back to a time when the world only existed in black and white. The best album that My Morning Jacket should have made this year. Bonnie Prince Billy – Lie Down In The Light – Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy makes folk music for people that dont like folk music. To explain it further would be difficult. The music sounds all so familiar but at the same time from another planet. The scary part is that this isnt his best album, by a long shot. R.E.M. – Accelerate – Finally, a return to form for a great band that had lost its way for a short time. Maybe it doesnt belong in the top 15 but its my list so take that U2.There was a long list of honorable mentions and if you would like to debate the merits of any of my picks or lack of feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If, however, you would like to nominate any country albums by the new wave of country artists, please dont waste your time, I will never agree with you sorry.