Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best 50 Albums of 2000-2009

The 50 Best Albums of 2000-2009
Basically this is the stuff I though I listened to most that came out in the above years and was really bloody good. I also limited it to one album per band, hence Nine Inch Nails, Machine Head and Lamb of God have their best album from the decade. It is mostly metal/hard rock but there is plenty of good pop that I rate highly. Feel free to comment.

In no order (though numbered for convenience) ...
  1. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
  2. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
  3. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace
  4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
  5. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
  6. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
  7. Guns N Roses - Chinese Democracy
  8. The Haunted - rEVOLVEr
  9. Arch Enemy - Wages Of Sin
  10. Killswitch Engage - End of Heartache
  11. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake
  12. Muse - Blackholes and Revelations
  13. Machine Head - Through The Ashes of Empires
  14. Audioslave - Audioslave
  15. Tool - 10,000 Days
  16. Trivium - Ascendancy
  17. Slipknot - Vol. 3 {The Subliminal Verses}
  18. Slayer - God Hates Us All
  19. DevilDriver - The Last Kind Words
  20. Rose Tattoo - Blood Brothers
  21. AC/DC - Black Ice
  22. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
  23. Velvet Revolver - Contraband
  24. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
  25. The Killers - Sam's Town
  26. Jet - Get Born
  27. Airbourne - Runnin' Wild
  28. Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy Tardust
  29. Tenacious D - Tenacious D
  30. Metallica - Death Magnetic
  31. Megadeth - United Abominations
  32. Christina Aguilera - Stripped
  33. John Butler Trio - Sunrise Over Sea
  34. Wednesday 13 - Transylvania 90210
  35. Soulfly - The Dark Ages
  36. Sepultura - Roorback
  37. Kings Of Leon - Only By the Night
  38. Living End - White Noise
  39. Silverchair - Diorama
  40. Powderfinger - Vulture Street
  41. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
  42. Justin Timberlake - Futuresex/Lovesounds
  43. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life & Death
  44. Amy Whinehouse - Back To Black
  45. Chimaira - Chimaira
  46. The Darkness - Permission To Land
  47. Outkast - The Love Below/Speakerboxxx
  48. Rob Zombie - The Sinister Urge
  49. System Of A Down - Toxicity
  50. Amen - We Have Come For Your Parents
51. Andrew WK - I Get Wet (gees this album is fun!)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Albums of 2009

My favourite albums of 2009 are...

1. Wrath - Lamb of God
2. Pray For Villains - DevilDriver
3. White Lies For Dark Times - Ben Harper & Relentless7
4. Backspacer - Pearl Jam
5. It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
6. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
7. The Devil You Know - Heaven & Hell
8. The Resistance - Muse
9. The Infection - Chimaira
10. Sonic Boom - KISS

In the end I struggled to get this right so went with what I listened to most once I'd got it. Wrath was a clear favourite since its release in February. It is ear bleeding riffs and pounding drums with a fair bit of melody and acoustic interludes thrown in for variety. 'Contractor' will induce vomiting if you have a weak stomach. DevilDriver's album was crushing and was clearly their best work so far. Ben Harper's new band is rocking and were great fun both nights at BluesFest in Byron Bay. Pearl Jam continue their rebirth after the self titled effort a few years ago. Backspacer is an album that is the equal of their mid90's stuff, don't let anyone tell you different. Lily Allen is just good fun, witty lyrics and potty mouth included. Personally I like 'The Fear' and '22', but to each their own. Them Crooked Vultures was highly anticipated and once you realise that it doesn't sound like Foos or LedZep, it is pretty much a great album of rocking influences, though very much in the QOTSA style. 'Elephant' is just a great song and 'Eraser No Chaser' and 'New Fang' are not far behind. Far more interesting than the token new song on the Foo's greatest hits. The last four are all worth checking out. Muse's new one divided people- yes, it is overblown and trying far to hard- but there are some great songs on there though I rate it lower than their previous album. Chimaira's album is all atmosphere and horror movie vocals but a great effort nonetheless. Heaven & Hell was brilliant and the best 'old school' release of the year. 'Bible Black' is just classic Iommi riffing with clever Dio lyrics. The album is largely mid-paced but what a sound! Sonic Boom is nowhere near the old stuff but I dare you not to sing along. KISS is back and there are plenty of songs that will fit neatly into their set lists for future tours.

Honorable mentions:
EndGame - Megadeth
World Painted Blood - Slayer
Hatebreed - Hatebreed
Hatebreed was surprisingly thoughtful and had some great stuff, alongside the usual meat head lyrics. Slayer's new one is far better than their last. Plenty of thrash to be had there. Not sure about Megadeth. I didn't find it as catchy as United Abominations, but enjoyed the solo'ing and riffing more. There are a few great tracks but a few average ones too. All are good heavy albums though that warrent purchase if you want to listen to something new.

The High End of Low - Marilyn Manson
sorry Maz. This was just shit. Turns out Twiggy wasn't the answer.

Still to hear: Porcupine Tree, Powderfinger, Yeah Yeah Yeah's (I love 'Zero'!)