Saturday, January 02, 2010

Best Music Of 2009

The Top Ten Albums

1) The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method

A chamber pop/light prog rock concept album about cricket, there is no reason why this shouldn't have been rubbish but instead Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) and Thomas Walsh (Pugwash) created an album of sublime, charming, witty and delightful pop. The lyrics were wonderful, from the hilarity of Shane Warne's Ball Of The Century celebrated in Jiggery-Pokery to the wistful Nightwatchman, this is a rare and beautiful album.

2) The Liberty Of Norton Folgate - Madness

Madness produced a wonderful return to form on this ska concept album, the Nutty Boys took us on an aural tour of their home turf, telling tales of love and life along the way. The eponymously titled album closer was an 11 minute epic, an eleven minute ska song about walking around some streets in London ? Why should that be good ? But it was, quite wonderful.

3) Here's The Tender Coming - The Unthanks

The Unthanks have had a change of personnel since Cruel Sister, but their third album was as haunting and fantastically beautiful as anything they have produced. The Unthanks do tend to explore the darker side of life, from the cruel pit work experienced by the young girl who narrates The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw, the invisible nature of working class women in Nobody Knew She Was There and the despondency of Sad February it can be, lyrically at least, a grim listen, but the Unthank sisters gorgeous voices make it compelling.

4) Let The Dominoes Fall - Rancid

Rancid don't want to be Green Day, their rough edged punk has gained them legions of adoring fans, and on this, their 7th studio album, Rancid charge out just as full of vitriol as when they began. The East Bay punks though have always extolled the virtues of family and brotherhood alongside their more angry rants, and the couplet of Civilian Ways and The Bravest Kids set out their thoughts about the serving military in an adult and thoughtful manner.

5)Everyday Demons - The Answer

The Answer are all the best bits of classic rock rolled up into a brand new package, great songs, big riffs, proper solos and lyrics you want to sing along to, their second album is a joyous celebration of what proper rock music sounds like.

6) The Hazards Of Love - The Decemberists

The Oregon folk band decided on this concept album that they were not Folk Rock, but rather Folk ROCK !, although they continued in parts with their whimsical and wandering modern folk style, they also dropped slabs of Black Sabbath styled guitar work into their new work which thrilled some long time fans and alienated others, it worked though, a complex and beautiful album where the dark heart of lust and gratification corrupts all.

7) Shadows And Half Light - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

This debut album from a folk duo was a class act, the pair showcased their multi-instrumental virtuosity alongside their songwriting and vocal talents, with Jamie and Katriona alternating on vocals its almost like having two folk bands in one.

8) New Frustration - Guns On The Roof

Leeds punks GOTR turned out an accomplished debut with New Frustration, a collection of modern melodic punk rowdy enough to suit the old school, but with a modern punk feel that the fans of Green Day and their ilk should appreciate.

9) Metalwar - Hysterica

Meat and potatoes heavy metal with cheesy 80's metal warrior lyrics, what wasn't to like ? The Swedish girls, didn't go for anything modern or avant garde on their debut release, but they did make an absolutely belting straight down the line metal album.

10) The Resistance - Muse

Matt Bellamy led his troops into classical territory on a three part symphony on The Resistance, elsewhere they continued familiar themes of alienation and paranoia and stomping modern prog rock.

Just out of the top ten....Common Dreads - Enter Shikari, Notes & Rhymes - The Proclaimers, Invaders Must Die - The Prodigy, Crooked Timber - Therapy?, Tres Tres Fort - Staff Benda Bilili, Babylon - W.A.S.P., Hands - Little Boots, La Roux - La Roux,

Best Live Acts of 2009

1) Bellowhead
2) Terrorvision
3) The Quireboys
4) The Wildhearts
5) Black Spiders
6) Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts
7) Tigertailz
8) Hysterica
9) Girlschool
10) Die Apokalyptischien Reiter

I didn't get out to many gigs last year, must do better in 2010.

Best Songs Of 2010

1) Jiggery Pokery - The Duckworth Lewis Method
2) The Liberty Of Norton Folgate - Madness
3) Thou Shalt Always Kill - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
4) The Rake's Song - The Decemberists.
5) The Jester - Enter Shikari
6) Omen - The Prodigy
7) Susanna - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts
8) I'll Be The Judge - Black Spiders
9) The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw - The Unthanks
10) Civilian Ways - Rancid

1 comment:

  1. mrmoosehead2:42 pm

    for me in the past 12 months:
    1 Iron Maiden 163
    2 Coheed and Cambria 129
    3 The Duckworth Lewis Method 105
    4 The Sisters of Mercy 101
    5 The Cure 99
    6 Lindisfarne 96
    7 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 81
    8 The Divine Comedy 72
    9 The Mission 70
    9 Kingdom Come 70

    And albums
    1 The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Duckworth Lewis Method 105
    2 DJ Shadow – Endtroducing..... 47
    3 Coheed and Cambria – Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World For Tomorrow 46
    3 The Sisters of Mercy – A Merciful Release 46
    3 Lindisfarne – The Very Best of Lindisfarne 46
    6 The Damned – Smash It Up: The Anthology 1976-1987 44
    6 The Horrors – Strange House 44
    8 Megadeth – Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? 38
    9 The Divine Comedy – Casanova 33
    9 Steve Earle – Copperhead Road 33

    And tracks:
    1 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Gentlemen And Players 10
    1 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Jiggery Pokery 10
    1 The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Age Of Revolution 10
    1 The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Sweet Spot 10
    5 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Rain Stops Play 9
    5 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Meeting Mr Miandad 9
    5 Lindisfarne – Meet Me On The Corner full track 9
    5 The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Coin Toss 9
    5 The Duckworth Lewis Method – Mason On The Boundary 9
    5 The Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion full track 9