Best Albums of 2009: 80-71

19 Dec

It’s begun to occur to me that the name of this blog post and those following and preceding it, is a tad misleading.  I don’t think all of these albums are particularly good, but since I already started with the name, I’m just gonna stick with it.  Anyways, carry on, shall we?  Also, the numbering on my list is already off, since I’ve added a few more albums, but I’m going to go ahead and skip those newly added albums for now and sum them all up in a post at the very end of the year, so, Onwards.

80. Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

What more could I possibly say about this album when a Green Day fan has already written an entire blogpost on how disappointed she is with this piece of work?  I really don’t think I need to say anything else, if you’re not already a huge Green Day fan in the first place, I don’t know why you’d even bother.  Save for a couple good, bare-bones GDesque tracks, it’s not worth the time. I think it’s time to give up the Rock Operas guys.

79. Morningwood – Diamonds and Studs

I gave this album a shot mostly because Spin gave it a pretty good review, and I’ve always been a sucker for “Nth Degree”, but there was no such hit here.  Fun, carefree music, but I zoned out halfway through and have never felt an urge to go back through it.

78. Midnight Daydream – For Great Justice

I’m not quite sure how to tackle this review, so I think I’ll let the album speak for itself. The members of Midnight Daydream are sort of friends of mine, and this is their debut, and for what it is, you have to admit, these kids got spunk.  Check it out here: Midnight Daydream – For Great Justice (Free Download!)

77. Jordin Sparks – Battlefields

The only reason this sophomore slump from this American Idol winner isn’t on my biggest disappointments list is because I just knew she couldn’t possibly release a second album as enjoyable as the first.  Mostly because the first wasn’t all that great to begin with, but what Sparks had was hooks, on that first album, and here, they’re just not there.  I feel her reaching to get to that epic place on songs like the S/T track, but it just doesn’t make it and the album falls flat.  Sorry Jordin, maybe when Chris Brown is back on his feet you two can take the world by storm again.

76. Rob Thomas – Cradlesong

Almost rivaling The Fray in its mediocrity, Rob Thomas’ solo career returns with Cradlesong.  There’s nothing offensive on this album, in fact, it’s kind of pleasant background music when I’m in the right mood, but nothing on it tops the lead single “Her Diamonds” and when it’s the first track on the album, it makes for a less than spectacular listen.

75. Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.

Oh Black Eyed Peas.  This won’t make the biggest disappointments list either because I never know what to expect from them.  Ours is truly a love/hate relationship, and I gotta feeling that’s not going to change anytime soon.  Speaking of feelings I have, while the album in and of itself has left no real marks on me, “I Gotta Feeling” was sort of the soundtrack to the summer, and a song like that, at least for me, rises above its circumstances and will stay in my heart for years to come.

74. Third Eye BlindUrsa Major

90s alternative rock band releases 4th album.  There is much rejoicing.  Seriously though, if you’re a fan of this genre, there would be no harm in picking this album up, I even got a bit of a ride out of it, mostly though, because it inspired me to listen to their debut, and that was a great, great listen.

73. Jonas Brothers – Lines, Vines and Trying Times

DON’T JUDGE ME.  Let me explain myself.  The vocals on this album are HIDEOUS.  HIIIIIIIIIDEOUS.  Why people choose to listen to these kids is beyond me.  Except for one thing.  The music.  The music is, at times, fantastic.  I don’t know if they write it or if someone else does, but if they do, they’ve got great talent, if they don’t, someone is wasting their time one these guys and should pursue a solo career.

72. Isis – Wavering Radiant

Speaking of vocals I can’t stand…Axver’s going to kill me for this review no matter what I say, so I’ll try to save some grace by once again saying I LOVED the music on this, but I just could not get past the vocals no matter how I tried.  Sorz!!!

71. The Decemberists – Hazards of Love

This may be the point in which people begin to discount everything on my list.  That’s fine, there will be many more of them in the future.  The Decemberists have never been a favorite of mine, but I’ve usually been able to find something enjoyable from them.  This is no different on Hazards of Love.  While the rest of the album I could take or leave, at least “The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)” was here, a f-ing beautiful, beautiful song.

One Response to “Best Albums of 2009: 80-71”

  1. Kevin Jonas 19/12/2009 at 15:45 #

    We write our own music, if you were wondering.

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