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Saccopoo
01-23-2010, 12:37 AM
After much thought, I believe that 2009 presented us with a plethora of high quality songs in a myriad of genres. One of the most substantial years in music in a while. However, there wasn't many true "epic" "masterpiece" level songs, though a number of full length album releases were absolutely stunning. Perhaps we are seeing a slight reversal of the purported "death of the album due to MP3 singles downloaded" phenomenon, as a number of recording labels and artists have begun to issue their work on vinyl and tape.

Here is my current "Best of '09" playlist. Songs aren't listed in order of preference, but rather as an artistic interpretation of the songs as a personal "best of" album:

1. Steve Earle - "Lungs", Townes
- One of my favorite artists of the past 10 years being accompanied by one of, if not the best guitarist of his generation - Tom Morello. There always seems to be an extra level of feeling and passion to whatever Steve does, and when he covers his mentor's (Townes Van Zandt) songs, it's there in spades. This song is like pulling on those well worn cowboy boots that you save for special occasions. It makes you feel like a badass. (Video is Steve solo acoustic, which is how he "toured" on the release of this album. The album version has Morello.)

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2. White Rabbits - "Percussion Gun"; It's Frightening
- The bar is packed, it's early, and the decision to start a fight with the jackasses at the end of the bar or invite the bar maid back to your place is a 50/50 proposition. It could go either way, and your fine with that.

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3. the XX - "Crystalised"; XX
- You're staring at the hottest girl in your high school out of the corner of your eye as she stands at her locker, and you knew that if you got her alone and played the perfect song, she would beg you to make love to her.

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4. The Horrors - "Scarlet Fields"; Primary Colours
- Because Joy Division, The Cure, Jesus and the Mary Chain were ****ing great bands.

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5. Katatonia - "Forsaker"; Night is the New Day
- If you didn't think you liked metal, this one just might change your whole musical philosophy.

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6. jj - "Ecstacy"; jj no. 2
- While the song is soothing and subtle and so super sexy, the, huh, suggested theme is not, at least subtle. Title says it all.

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7. The Antlers - "Kettering"; Hospice
- When there is no where to hide except within yourself and it feels right to let the black melancholy swallow you whole.

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Saccopoo
01-23-2010, 01:17 AM
8. Melody Gardot - "Who Will Comfort Me"; My One and Only Thrill
- Makes Diana Krall sound like an old crone. One of the sexiest voices I've ever heard. Funky, groovy, and did I say sexy as all hell?

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9. The Morning After Girls - "Alone"; Alone.
- This is what a great song is supposed to sound like. It's big, it's layered, great hooks, great vocals...it's a ****ing great song.

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10. Pink Mountaintops - "While We Were Dreaming"; Outside Love
- I never look at clouds anymore. I should though. And lay in the grass and breath deep.

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11. The Fruit Bats - "The Ruminant Band"; The Ruminant Band
- A song that the Eagles or The Band would make if they still made music. Good music anyway.

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12. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - "I'm Broke"; Tell 'Em What Your Name is
- Funky, deep, with textures and layers that would make the best of Motown proud. Goddamn right Joe - get it anyway you can.

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13. A Place to Bury Strangers - "In Your Heart"; Exploding Head
- Okay. Fine. So I got this "I want to get mind blown by mushrooms and have freaked out sex while covered in body paints with strobe lights and color wheels blazing, incense burning and stuff" thing going on right now. This song basically covers me on that.

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14. Kasabian - "Fire"; West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
- I saved my best song of the year for last. It's moody, it's explosive, it's low and grinding, it's anthemic, it's "lets ****ing dance!." This is what "Songs of the Year" are supposed to sound like.

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Reaper16
01-23-2010, 08:22 AM
KATATONIA!

Saccopoo
01-24-2010, 02:58 AM
KATATONIA!

Katatonia indeed Mr. Reaper. Great album and a great song.

Arguments can be made for Oblivion by Mastadon, but Forsaker was THE metal track of the year.

Reaper16
01-24-2010, 06:22 AM
Katatonia indeed Mr. Reaper. Great album and a great song.

Arguments can be made for Oblivion by Mastadon, but Forsaker was THE metal track of the year.
I disagree. ^_^ For multiple reasons, actually. 1.) Forsaker is pretty much a rock song. Katatonia has been more or less a rock band (though a unique brand of doom metal inspired rock) since the Viva Emptiness album. 2.) I think there are better metal songs in 2009 besides. Kalisia's Cybion (the whole album being one song) would get my vote.

Saccopoo
01-24-2010, 11:25 AM
I disagree. ^_^ For multiple reasons, actually. 1.) Forsaker is pretty much a rock song. Katatonia has been more or less a rock band (though a unique brand of doom metal inspired rock) since the Viva Emptiness album. 2.) I think there are better metal songs in 2009 besides. Kalisia's Cybion (the whole album being one song) would get my vote.

The genre of metal reminds me of the current situation with the Heavyweight division of professional boxing. There is way too much separation and dissonance in trying to define the genre. The subclassifications in the metal genre are almost too numerous to count.

I don't see where Katatonia could be anything but metal, especially in comparison to what I view as "rock." Dave Matthews is rock.

Does a band have to employ a front man that only "sings" in the throat growling method to be considered "metal" these days?

Reaper16
01-24-2010, 11:36 AM
The genre of metal reminds me of the current situation with the Heavyweight division of professional boxing. There is way too much separation and dissonance in trying to define the genre. The subclassifications in the metal genre are almost too numerous to count.

I don't see where Katatonia could be anything but metal, especially in comparison to what I view as "rock." Dave Matthews is rock.

Does a band have to employ a front man that only "sings" in the throat growling method to be considered "metal" these days?
The difference has always been pretty clear to me. The answer lies in composition. In musical theory. In the kinds of scales used to compose the riffs. Katatonia is very, very heavy but for the last three albums they have predominantly played rock riffs. The heavyness of the guitar sound or the kind of vocalist has nothing to do with metal vs rock.

Saccopoo
01-24-2010, 12:06 PM
The difference has always been pretty clear to me. The answer lies in composition. In musical theory. In the kinds of scales used to compose the riffs. Katatonia is very, very heavy but for the last three albums they have predominantly played rock riffs. The heavyness of the guitar sound or the kind of vocalist has nothing to do with metal vs rock.

I'll have to admit that I'm not as well versed in metal as I probably should be. I can hear the brilliance of albums such as Tiamat's "Wildhoney", Opeth's "Blackwater Park" and the like, but there seems to be, at least from a neophytes (me) perspective, a level of plagiarism that is overly pervasive in the genre.

I don't notice too much of a difference between, say, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir and Cannibal Corpse. (And I do know that there is, theoretically, a big difference, but from a cursorily view there doesn't seem to be much of a difference.)

Reaper16
01-24-2010, 12:38 PM
I'll have to admit that I'm not as well versed in metal as I probably should be. I can hear the brilliance of albums such as Tiamat's "Wildhoney", Opeth's "Blackwater Park" and the like, but there seems to be, at least from a neophytes (me) perspective, a level of plagiarism that is overly pervasive in the genre.

I don't notice too much of a difference between, say, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir and Cannibal Corpse. (And I do know that there is, theoretically, a big difference, but from a cursorily view there doesn't seem to be much of a difference.)
Overly pervasive plagiarism? I've never heard that before applied as typical of metal (though I can think of notable examples).

2nd paragraph is funny because I hear an immense difference in those three bands.

Demonpenz
01-25-2010, 12:26 PM
jebus get the wheel out

Saccopoo
01-26-2010, 12:29 PM
jebus get the wheel out

Any criticisms will immediately be met with a demand for your own "Best of 2009" list.