Since the year's been over for a while, and we tend to talk a little about music here, let's talk about our personal lists of the best albums of the year.
So, RachelEvil's Top 5 Albums of 2009.
5. Peaches - I Feel Cream
This one's a grower. Not as immediately powerful as her previous release (Impeach My Bush), this one offers some solid pop songs ("Talk To Me" being the standout, as well as somewhat of a departure from Peaches' signature raunch), and is immanently danceable.
4. Various artists - Specialisation Is for Insects
A really wonderful compilation from Ex Gratia Recordings, featuring work from Anarchistwood, Rude Mechanicals, Flaming Fire, Handsum Pete, and others. A diverse mix of interesting tracks, with stuff you won't hear anywhere else. The best comp I've heard in a long time. Maybe ever.
3. UUVVWWZ - UUVVWWZ
Included here because the 2008 release of this album was a limited edition vinyl-only release. Haunting, eccentric, idiosyncratic indie-rock at its best. UUVVWWZ have made a triumphant debut album, showing a diverse set of influences, creating something truly unique. Definitely a band to watch out for in the future.
2. Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound - Band Aids on Bullet Holes
Roxy's first post-Epoxies work. She's really grown as an artist and songwriter. This album is excellent in every way, blasting electronic punk awesomeness into every pore of your body.
1. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
They just keep getting better. A solid album, showing increasing maturity on Tegan and Sara's parts. Just wonderful.
Location:a land of chocolate milk and honey nut cheerios
Hah. You’re bound to see a wide range – I listen to almost everything.
Dark Passion Play by Nightwish
It was painful to see Tarja leave Nightwish after listening to albums like Century Child and Wishmaster. However when Nightwish released Dark Passion Play I realized they were still the same band, despite their new vocalist. Tuomas Holopainen’s compositions make Nightwish – it was never Tarja’s classical vocals.
Ellipse by Imogen Heap
First off, I love Imogen. Over the course of recording Ellipse, she frequently documented her progress through vlogs on youtube. It was a joy to watch and hear her discuss the evolution of each track on this album and the wacky goings-on of everyday life. The album itself is different from Imogen’s last album, Speak for Yourself released in 2005, focusing more on unorthodox ambient sounds she recorded herself.
The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
Holy shit. This woman amazes me. I love the concept of fame and how it can lead to ruin – and this whole album deals with this. To me, it’s interesting that Lady Gaga was obsessed with fame before she was famous. Although this album doesn’t have as many hits as The Fame did, I prefer this The Fame Monster - It’s darker.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2008 album)
Okay. It was 2008. But I didn’t hear the album until 2009. So it doesn’t count. And I wish I could have seen this musical!! Damn its one year run. I was surprised to hear actress Sierra Boggess because she sounds so similar to Jodi Benson from Disney’s 1989 movie. While including the classic songs that The Little Mermaid wouldn’t be complete without, the musical expands the soundtrack with equally beautiful songs that fit nicely with the original songs.
Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants
I’m a nerd. And I like educational albums. That’s all. Thank you.