TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2009
5. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
Primarily known for their make-out anthem “Lazy Eye”, the Silversun Pickups have come a long way since their 2006 release of Carnavas. While most of the tracks on the previous album were what I call “chill mode songs”, Swoon contains more everyday-friendly tracks. “Substitution”, probably one of my top 5 favorite songs of the year, brings a simple sound and a good name for alternative rock. Swoon still has that slightly dark sound that they’ve carried through from album to album, while adding a refreshing spin to their already dynamic sound.
4. Passion Pit – Manners
If this album doesn’t make you want to dance, something’s wrong with you. Mistakenly compared to MGMT many times, Passion Pit has set themselves apart with high pitched front man Michael Angelakos and their electronic synth-based energy. Their most recognized songs, “Sleepyhead” and “The Reeling” can honestly be described as something original and fantasy-esque. If this is what the future sounds like, I’m on board.
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz!
Aside from the fact that I nearly worship Karen O, this album has been on infinite repeat in my head since day one. Not quite (actually…nothing like) its predecessors, It’s Blitz offers a side of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that Karen O had wanted to unleash for a while. The album has an almost techno vibe, worthy of any rave or party you could imagine. “Dragon Queen” is not only my favorite track on the album, but has also become my go-to song for any dance-related needs.
2. Metric – Fantasies
Right next to Karen O in my idol pond, Emily Haines continues to satisfy me. Known for her blunt and risqué lyrics, Haines tones down her hormones on Fantasies, except in the case of “Satellite Mind”. “Sick Muse”, my newly found anthem nearly brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it simply due to the emotion and spirit Haines presses into each lyric and syllable. “Help I’m Alive” is a good place to start if you’re new to the band and well as “Gold Guns Girls”. With each song packing an unexpected punch, this album is perfect for any setting.
1. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood
A perfect ending to a not so perfect year of mine, Sainthood awakened the angst in me that I thought I lost my freshmen year. Not quite worthy of the title of “angry girl music”, Tegan and Sara are able to put lyrics together that a girl would love to scream in the face of any ex-boyfriend (or girlfriend for that matter). My favorite “in your face” anthem of the album would have to be “On Directing”. Tegan’s long winded “hold on”’s get me every time. For those new to the band, I suggest “Paperback Head”. Although it doesn’t encompass the duo as a whole, it’ll give you a taste of what they have to offer.
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
This is actually my guiltiest pleasure of the year as well. Although I steer as far away from the pop and hip hop scene as possible, it still finds a way to seep into my life when I least desire for it to. Point and blank, there was no escaping Beyonce this year; she was everywhere! He music video “Video Phone” hooked me from the very beginning, as did all her others. I’ve never personally taken drugs, but I feel like this is what a good acid trip would be like. Ladies, I know I’m not the only one who’s attempted to learn this dance, either. Although Kanye was a total d-bag for calling Taylor Swift out earlier in the year, he was right about Beyonce. I’d be perfectly content if she would just make music videos to entertain me the rest of her life. That’s not too much to ask, right?