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Nerdy Heartbeat’s 09 Recap – Best Music From 2009 December 15, 2009

Top 30 Albums of 2009

30. Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic

29. Japandroids – Post-Nothing

28. The Dear Hunter – Act III Life & Death

27. Plushgun – Pins and Panzers

26. Mansions – New Best Friends

25. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist

24. All Time Low – Nothing Personal

23. This Time Next Year – Road Maps & Heart Attacks

22. Noah and the Whale – The First Day of Spring

21. Paramore – brand new eyes

20. Mastodon – Crack The Skye

19. Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg

18. The Motorcycle Industry – Electric Education

17. O Pioneers – Neon Creeps

16. Fireworks – All I Have Is My Own Confusion

15. Passion Pit – Manners

14. P.O.S. – Never Better

13. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

12. WHY? – Eskimo Snow

11. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood

10. Set Your Goals – This Will Be the Death of Us

9. Chuck Ragan – Gold Country

8. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive

7. A Day To Remember – Homesick

6. Brand New – Daisy

5. Say Anything – Say Anything

4. The Dangerous Summer – Reach for The Sun

3. Kiss Kiss – The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left

2. Fun. – Aim and Ignite

1. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing

It was hard for me to pick just 30 but when I went to the top 5, it was even harder to distinguish which one was the best. Mean Everything to Nothing was a flat out great rock album dealing with God and religion with fantastic stand out moments on almost every track. Aim and Ignite was baroque pop at its finest proving that the glory of The Format is far from dead. Reach for the Sun revitalized pop-punk in a scene dominated by catering to teeny boppers with extremely profound, honest and personal lyrics with beautiful echoing guitar lines. Say Anything took the traditional sound we all know and love and meshed it with insight on religion while combining elements of doo-wop, synth-pop and spoken word, all with masterful production. Daisy took the aggression of previous albums and amplified it to the maximum proving that Brand New is not afraid to make the record they want. And The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left was just well absolutely eccentric and musically insane (in a very good way). Ultimately, I gave the honor to Mean Everything to Nothing for it’s initial “wow” factor. However, all of the albums on this list are absolutely fantastic and I suggest you check them out. It was a damn good year for music.

Honorable Mentions

These are the albums that, while not up to snuff with the top 25, are still great records.

Enter Shikari – Common Dreads

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon

mewithoutyou – it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright

The Audition – Self-Titled Album

Weatherbox – The Cosmic Drama

Dethklok – Dethalbum II

Top EPs of 2009

1. Bon Iver – Blood Bank

2. Straylight Run – About Time

3. VersaEmerge – VersaEmerge

4. Polar Bear Club – The Summer of George

5. MC Chris – Part Six Part One

Most Disappointing Albums

These are the albums that, while I didn’t hate at all, I just expected to be so much better. Whether it be the hype surrounding it, or hearing an amazing song from the album only to discover that the rest of the record isn’t on par. These are the records that turned out, in one way or another, to be a disappointment.

1. Two Tongues – Two Tongues

2. The Swell Season – Strict Joy

3. New Found Glory – Not Without A Fight

4. Dashboard Confessional – Alter the Ending

5. Animal Collective – Merriwether Post Pavillion

 

Best Songs of 2009 (so far) September 8, 2009

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1. Fake Problems – Heart BPM

A bitter yet beautiful folk-punk ballad that builds and builds until the final chorus gives you its all with gang vocals, aggressive lead vocals, soulful guitars and soothing trumpet leads. It’s a perfect finish to one of the best album of the year.

2. The Dangerous Summer – Where I Want To Be

Easily one the of the best lyrics this year with a beat that makes you forget about the past few months mourning over The Starting Line breakup.

3. Manchester Orchestra – Shake It Out

Ear-bleeding rock anthem that’s only further improved with Andy Hull’s voice. Not to mention, the breakdown during the bridge is simply to die for.

4. Fun. – Be Calm

After The Format, fans never thought they’d get a sound as exhilarating as what was heard on the masterpiece, Dog Problems.That was before we got our hands on Aim and Ignite, the first album from Fun. (the first side project after The Format’s hiatus), and we are introduced to an 11 track manifesto of baroque pop brilliance. The album’s first track is anything but “calm”, it’s unpredictable and eccentric blessed with the band’s own mini-orchestra and plently of theatrical, Broadway-esque attitude.

5. A Day to Remember – The Downfall Of Us All

Words can’t describe it. Just press play.

6. Set Your Goals – The Few That Remain

Set Your Goals is, hands down, one of the best punk bands making music right now. The Few That Remain is a mosh-pit ready piece of aggression that’s just as good as anything else they have released. Then, literally out of nowhere, Paramore’s Hayley Williams joins in the fun and the song goes from great to fantastic. The song is like a 3 minute riot that you’d be daft to not be a part of.

7. Brand New – Sink

Brand New in itself is a sound that is nothing short of genius. Make that sound bluesy, soulful and give it a post-hardcore edge, then have something really really brilliant.

8. Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings

Gorgeous synth lines combined with even more beautiful strings makes this the ultimate “chill-out” song of the summer. It’s also refreshing to hear the lead singer of Passion Pit sing without his signature falsetto voice.

9. MeWithoutYou – The Fox, The Crow And the Cookie

Catchy folk rock with intriguing lyrics about the kind of morality tales usually delivered by renowned Christian rock band. Poetic storytelling and fantastic musicianship work together perfectly in this piece.

10. VersaEmerge – Whisperer

The dreamy he said, she said verses between Sierra and Blake are great and all but its when the chorus erupts with the awesome violin line that makes this song unforgettable pop-punk hit.

 

Best Albums of 2009 (so far) July 16, 2009

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1. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing

RIYL: Brand New, Kevin Devine

2. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive

RIYL: Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem

3. Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist

RIYL: The Dear Hunter, The Mars Volta

4. The Motorcycle Industry – Electric Education

RIYL: Against Me!, Say Anything

5. A Day To Remember – Homeless

RIYL: Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong

6. Passion Pit – Manners

RIYL: MGMT, Pheonix

7.  O Pioneers!!! – Neon Creeps

RIYL: Against Me!, Fake Problems

8. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP

RIYL: Iron & Wine, Damien Rice

9. The Audition – Self Titled

RIYL: Every Avenue, There For Tomorrow

10. All Time Low – Nothing Personal

RIYL: Forever the Sickest Kids, Mayday Parade