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blasterbeat 12-17-2009 08:46 AM

Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
I think it's time to share our thoughts as to what we believe to be our favorite album of the year is.

I'll go first...

MASTODON!!! CRACK THE SKYE!!!

I have been listening to these guys for 6 years now and each album has it's own mark in the universe. Crack the Skye really struck a chord with me and I can tell it is their magnum opus. It has that vibe that can only be truly harnessed once in a bands career. Think Blackwater Park by Opeth. That was a creepy 70's feeling album that Akerfeldt I'm afraid will always be trying to capture again. I pray that Lindgren and Lopez return to their rightful places. And to Mastodon...BRAVO.

On a similar note I would like to give a nod of approval to the band FORMERLY known as KISS. Though Sonic Boom wasn't the retro album that I was hoping for (and I read in guitar player magazine that Paul did not want to make a retro album) it did grow on me. As a die hard there will always little nuances that I wish were in the album. A lick here, a fill there, I could go on...but overall I am more than mildly pleased. Too bad that Ace & Peter aren't on the album and that Psycho Circus wasn't the album that it should have been.

Other worthy mentions in my book are Cave In. They are back after a 3 1/2 year hiatus and have only released an EP...ON VINYL!! Haven't heard the new Slayer but from what I hear about it it's well, SLAYER. Shrinebuilder is another that is moving mountains right now and the only thing I have to say about Alice In Chains is welcome back!

thank you, that is all.

Hedon 12-17-2009 10:53 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
i dont really get the hype around crack the skye

ghost of karelia is nice,,

Naigewron 12-17-2009 11:01 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
30 Seconds To Mars - This Is War

shrink 12-17-2009 12:14 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
For me it has to be:

Kasabian : West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

If only because I expected to hate it. Was hugely unimpressed by their last offering "Empire" and didnt expect much of this one. Was very wrong... Hugely accomplished album, much more textured and varied than their previous offerings, an enjoyable end to end listen.

DrumEatDrum 12-17-2009 08:59 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Album of the year: Katatonia - Night is the New Day
http://www.amazon.com/Night-New-Day-.../dp/B002NXX8EC

2009 has been a mixed bag. I've discovered some new bands, and albums from prior years that I've grown to love, but also some of my favorite bands have released some disappointments.

I will say the Chickenfoot album, while not great, is a lot of fun.

jake_larson 12-17-2009 09:54 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Seventh Wonder-Mercy Falls

Although I found quite a few great albums this year

sqadan 12-17-2009 10:04 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
The new Dinosaur Jr. album "Farm" is probably at the top of my list this year.

TheGroceryman 12-17-2009 11:34 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Muse - The Resistence!!

Amazing album! amazing band! im gonna see them live at MSG!

Mediocrefunkybeat 12-17-2009 11:35 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Probably Thom Yorkes new single... I will count it as an album. I just will.

Ian Williams 12-17-2009 11:42 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
For me, it's Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue.

mcbike 12-17-2009 11:43 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
mark knopfler - get lucky

Hedon 12-18-2009 12:46 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 643155)
Album of the year: Katatonia - Night is the New Day
http://www.amazon.com/Night-New-Day-.../dp/B002NXX8EC

yeah definitely
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RollingStone000 12-18-2009 12:51 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Crack the Skye was brilliant in my opinion. Prior to that album I wasn't a huge fan of Mastodon, there were select cuts off of their albums that I liked. The last song off Blood Mountain was great, it sounded really southern rock bluesy with a lot of the guitar work. It sounded like they continued in that direction. And "The Last Baron"... *shakes head* just epic.

Humbug from the Arctic Monkeys was really good too. It was noticeably different and took some time to grow on me. I picked it up and listened to it a few times and then it just sat there for a month or so and one day I decided to listen to it again and didn't put it down for a month. Josh Homme produced a lot of so I expected it to be different.

On the hip hop front Mos Def put out The Ecstatic which was noticeably unconventional and really showed off his versatility style-wise. And the cultural poignancy was still there (not that it ever left).

Blakroc (self titled) which is a very interesting project is very solid all the way through. The Black Keys did all of the music (the RZA threw down a guitar track) and got in touch with Damon Dash who brought over a mob of emcees to put that together. It's raw and THICK.

And Q-Tip put out The Renaissance, and as far as I can remember Tip has never done wrong. Need not say anymore.

The Roots were supposed to put out How I Got Over in October but that was pushed out till February. The single of the same title is a gem, it's got that old school soul/RnB style to it with a fat groove.

It wasn't an album, but a "mixtape" that was recently released by an Afro-German female RnB singer Nneka has been playing constantly on my phone. A lot of pro Africa, rise up content with a hell of a voice behind . She's definitely saying something.

And there's nothing else on the horizon until next year.

theindian 12-18-2009 06:27 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
The new Killswitch Engage album (self-titled). Its pretty good, they try a few new directions on this cd. They said they didn'y want to make a part 2 of the last album and some parts are obvious but it still has the KS sound.
Harmonized melodies lines from the guitar, opera man vocals and the usual screams from Howard. No vox from Adam D on the album, big disapointment, at least to me, his back up parts make a lot of the songs. Mike Foley goes for a few new drumming ideas by thinking outside of the metal box. Overall, a good album. I am still undecided if I like as much as the old ones.

brittc89 12-18-2009 07:02 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Koan- Tyshawn Sorey
Old Idea- Josh Berman

Bruce M. Thomson 12-18-2009 11:14 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Thogh not a drumcentric album I would have to say that my favorite this year is:
Is It O.K by Serena Ryder.

http://www.serenaryder.com/

drumgeek93 12-18-2009 11:25 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
George Strait - Twang
Michael Buble - Crazy Love
Euge Groove - Sunday Morning

MykeyInChains 12-19-2009 12:53 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ian Williams (Post 643212)
For me, it's Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue.

Yessss.....Love that album.


Wavering Radiant by Isis is my other favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3eYK...d#movie_player

JarodMaybern 12-19-2009 03:24 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Only By The Night - Kings of Leon.

I really just like the overall feel and sound of the songs on this album. At first I was skeptical about the band, but after hearing this album I decided to check out their earlier albums and I'm sold on them. They're a groovin band.

zambizzi 12-19-2009 07:38 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Hmm...I'm listening to older stuff lately...but I DO like the "Them Crooked Vultures" album.

smacks11 12-19-2009 08:47 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Them Crooked Vultures

Dave always delivers

Hard to pick a favorite track, but I'd have to say Elephants or Gunman. Crazy drum parts

blasterbeat 12-19-2009 03:51 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Hedon (Post 643016)
i dont really get the hype around crack the skye

ghost of karelia is nice,,

To each his own, but do you have a contribution to make on this thread?

TheGroceryman 12-19-2009 04:28 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JarodMaybern (Post 643607)
Only By The Night - Kings of Leon.

I really just like the overall feel and sound of the songs on this album. At first I was skeptical about the band, but after hearing this album I decided to check out their earlier albums and I'm sold on them. They're a groovin band.

I Love that album...drumming is so top notch, he plays for the songs so well, favorite drumming is definitely revelry and use somebody. though their earlier stuff didn't peak my interest...

does anyone know anything about a new Godsmack album? I went to see a concert earlier this year, they said they were coming out with a godsmack V, but it never came...is it happening?!

Alex949 12-21-2009 04:18 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
1. Russian Circles - Geneva.
2. Baroness - The Blue Record
3. Coalesce - Ox

mrchattr 12-21-2009 04:35 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
It's a tie between:
DMB - Big Whiskey
John Mayer - Battle Studies

I thought the new Muse album had some of the best songs, but also some of the worst stuff they've ever recorded. Sigh. I hate mixed bags.

wy yung 12-21-2009 05:22 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheGroceryman (Post 643207)
Muse - The Resistence!!

Amazing album! amazing band! im gonna see them live at MSG!

Mono sodium Glutamate????

I like Ceu's latest album. Vagarosa.

jonepole 12-21-2009 12:54 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Russian Circles - Geneva.
Coalesce - Ox
I like these both albums.

jer 12-21-2009 02:31 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Propagandhi - Supporting Caste.

Crazily enough, release on my birthday.

Pavlos 12-21-2009 03:40 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Gonna go with The Dead Weather - Horehound.

Nice to have an album where it sounds like actual drums being played. I really like Jack White's drumming on this disc. Him and Alison Mossheart sound good together too.

mind_drummer 12-21-2009 03:43 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Without a doubt I say Living Colour with their latest studio release in the last 6 years, "The Chair In The Doorway". I got hook on them in the beginning of the 90s with album such as "Vivid" and "Time's Up" and Will Calhoun was always a prefered of mine.

Now "The Chair In The Doorway" is the true & deep Living Colour sound, sometimes hard & heavy, sometimes soft & gentle - No compromise they are Living Colour and they are back in their purest form. If ever you were fan back then, offer you a gift and get back to the roots of their sound & style.

To me and what do I know but to my musical taste, "The Chair In The Doorway" is the album of the year 2009.

jwildman 12-21-2009 03:47 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Alice in Chains: Black Gives Way To Blue
Pearl Jam: Ten Legacy Version
Otep: Smash The Control Machine
All great albums

mrbling 12-22-2009 10:39 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheGroceryman (Post 643207)
Muse - The Resistence!!

Amazing album! amazing band! im gonna see them live at MSG!


it is a good album but it took time to grow upon me. were amazing at O2 arena wish i could go to wembley but i cant :(.

aydee 12-22-2009 10:42 AM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band

Ainulindale 12-22-2009 05:30 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pavlos (Post 644238)
Gonna go with The Dead Weather - Horehound.

Nice to have an album where it sounds like actual drums being played. I really like Jack White's drumming on this disc. Him and Alison Mossheart sound good together too.

yes, yes and yes - the most brillant rock album in years...

tbmills 12-23-2009 01:22 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Hey all,

Havent posted in some time. Long year... I happen to have a fine answer for this.
2009 gave me an all-time favorite.

The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists

I recently stopped listening to music like a drummer and kinda realized my own potential role as a contributing musician to my band. I started to turn to alot of older style music and gained an appreciation for something different in music. This album was one of the first that I ever really fell for. It is so perfectly organized and produced (bravo Tucker Martine) and of course, in my own opinion, elegantly written and performed.
It is a proper throw back to a classic progressive rock and roll sound typical of the late 60s and early 70s. And, where many bands use a low fidelity approach to capture that sound, Martine and the Decemberists use vintage instruments and analog recording to get a beautifully clear and warm tone throughout the entire album.
This album also had something else beside perfect sound (imo). The Hazards of Love is a concept album that follows a plot song to song. It has 4 speaking characters two of which are played by lead singer/writer Colin Meloy.

(if it makes it any better, the band performed the album in its entirety for the duration of their 2009 tour.)

Dr. Neaux 12-23-2009 04:08 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Murder By Pride---STRYPER

rendezvous_drummer 12-23-2009 06:43 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Beach House- Devotion
The Temper Trap- Conditions

K.Howden 12-23-2009 08:52 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Porcupine Tree - The Incident; I'll expand on this later when I have more time.

Kev

DrumEatDrum 12-23-2009 11:11 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mojarlets (Post 645011)
4) Leaves' Eyes - Njord

Oh yeah, that is a great album! I'm listening to it right now.

Re others on your list:
Black Sun Aeon I have a hard time getting into. I love Tuomas in Before the Dawn and Dawn of Solace, but he doesn't mix up the melodic and aggressiveness as much in Black Sun.

GretschJazzKit 12-24-2009 06:00 PM

Re: Your favorite album of 2009!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mrchattr (Post 644148)
It's a tie between:
DMB - Big Whiskey
John Mayer - Battle Studies

I thought the new Muse album had some of the best songs, but also some of the worst stuff they've ever recorded. Sigh. I hate mixed bags.

Ahh... I'd go with DMB


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