My Top Albums of 2009
2009 was a year full of anticipation. A prog favorite reformed, newcomers had follow ups to impressive debuts, workhorses continued their juggernauts, and classic acts came out of hiding.
Not all of it was gold, but much of it was excellent. So here are my picks for the best of the year.
1. Magma: Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré
The long awaited epic, finally delivered from one of music’s most original classic acts. It’s absolutely amazing, and probably the finest moment of Magma’s long career.
2. Deluge Grander: The form of the Good
Modern prog at its finest. This is the first of three sophomore efforts to make the list, and was also the inspiration for starting this blog.
3. Madness; The Liberty of Norton Folgate
Here’s a surprise. Not only is a non-prog album in my top five, it’s also Madness! Yep, they are back together and better than ever. This album is such a treat.
4. Izz: The Darkened Room
This band improves with every release. Even with losing the distinctive voice of Laura Meade, the bar was raised again.
5. Shadow Circus: Whispers and Screams
Another second time out release, and boy what a leap. The debut was very good, but I never saw this coming.
6. Osada Vida: Uninvited Dreams
I still can’t decide which of the two previous albums I like better, but this one tops them both. Great prog metal for those who aren’t really into metal (like me). Poland is a fertile breeding ground for this kind of stuff.
7. Transatlantic: The Whirlwind
No one thought it was possible, but this prog super group got back together. It wasn’t a giant leap forward, but I love every second of it.
8. Riverside: Anno Domini High Definition
What is it about these Polish prog metal bands? This one is heavier than their previous work, and I like it even more! I am going to have to visit soon.
9. Super Furry Animals: Dark Days / Light Years
Quirky, spacey, sometimes just weird, yet still quite accessible. This is top notch alternative rock.
10. Lobster Newberg: Actress
Album number two from young Colin Peterik and his boys from Chicago. Much more focused this time, and paving the way for what I hope to be a long, impressive career.
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz!
The punk is still there, but they got very artsy on this one. Punk art? Well done.
12. Quantum Fantay: Kaleidothrope
Think heavy Ozric Tentacles with a flute. These Belgian dudes rock.
13. Muse: The Resistance
This almost seems like a tribute to Queen a la Muse. They actually took a lot of heat for that. I don’t mind at all. They went big on this one, and I think it’s great.
I don’t have reviews for all of these yet, but they will come, and I also apologize for taking so long to do this (I’ve been busy, okay!)