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Old 10-17-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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The Best Album(s) You've Heard Quest'anno?

I'm asking what is the best album you've heard this year. This means that it is not limited to albums released in 2009. I'm young and always getting new albums, and I've heard a few crackers this year. When I've got more time I'll list what I've heard, but I think the album that takes the title for me is Steely Dan's Aja.



When I downloaded it (I was that enamoured with it I purchased it not long after, as opposed to Green Day's latest, which I only got halfway through) I was hoping for some really jazzy tunes that still had a rock feel to it, as I'd been after some jazz for a while.

And I knew I'd found exactly what I was looking for after just two seconds of Black Cow. Terrific album.

I think this should produce some interesting results!
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:09 AM   #2
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Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Peter Gabriel - III
The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace Of Sin
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
Silver Jews - American Water
The National - Alligator
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

All of these albums are fantastic, and I cannot recommend them enough. Several are deeply stitched into the fabric of the year 2009 for me, and I have a strong emotional attachment to them, so there's admittedly some bias involved, but seriously, they're amazing.
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My dad produced a few shows with Chris Hillman of Flyring Burrito Bros. He is truly a wonderful and genuine guy. Tunnel of Love......In my Top 5 Springsteen albums.
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For me though-

Vampire Weekend-Vampire Weekend
Eels-Hombre Lobo
U2-NLOTH
Bruce-Working on a Dream
Billy Joel-52nd Street
Billy Joel-The Stranger
Billy Joel-Turnstiles
Gaslight Anthem-59' Sound
Kaiser Chiefs-Employment
Kaiser Chiefs-Off With Their Heads
Kaiser Chiefs-Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Fleetwood Mac-Rumours
Fleetwood Mac-Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac-Tusk
She & Him-Volume One
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My dad produced a few shows with Chris Hillman of Flyring Burrito Bros. He is truly a wonderful and genuine guy.
Wow, really? That's a fantastic opportunity. I'm a huge Byrds fan (should have added Fifth Dimension to my list, come to think of it ), so I discovered the band through Gram Parsons' work with them. So glad I gave it a chance, country is definitely not my thing, but those songs are gems.
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Hell yeah. Even the Beatles were influenced by the Byrds, and unfortunately they are so very underrated. And I'm not a big country fan myself, but those Burrito Brothers tunes are out of this world!
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And yeah, every time my dad did a show with him he played Eight Miles High on MANDOLIN.
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The one album I think that's stuck with me a lot this year would be The Crossing by Big Country. Just can't get enough.
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sinners & saints - the sky is falling

been listening to it a lot again lately, still my favorite.
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John Frusciante - The Empyrean
U2 - NLOTH
Brendan Benson - My Old Familiar Friend
White Lies - To Lose My Life
Peter Doherty - Grace/Wastelands
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Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like This
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Love
Bloc Party - Intimacy
Brian Eno - Ambient 1/Music for Airports
Brain Eno - Another Green World
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
David Bowie - Lodger
Deadmau5 - For Lack of a Better Name
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Hilltop Hoods - State of the Art
Hot Chip - The Warning
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Led Zeppelin - I
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Passion Pit - Chunk of Change EP
Passion Pit - Manners
Paul Dempsey - Everything is True
Pearl Jam - Backspacer
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - Kid A
Steely Dan - Aja
The Temper Trap - Conditions
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
The Who - Quadrophenia
The Twelth Man - 12th Man Again!

is the list of albums I've heard this year. I could have sworn it was more, but I guess not.

Quadrophenia, Aja and Kid A have probably been the pick of the lot.
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Architecture in Helsinki - In Case We Die
Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like This
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Love
Bloc Party - Intimacy
Brian Eno - Ambient 1/Music for Airports
Brain Eno - Another Green World
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
David Bowie - Lodger
Deadmau5 - For Lack of a Better Name
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Hilltop Hoods - State of the Art
Hot Chip - The Warning
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Led Zeppelin - I
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Passion Pit - Chunk of Change EP
Passion Pit - Manners
Paul Dempsey - Everything is True
Pearl Jam - Backspacer
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - Kid A
Steely Dan - Aja
The Temper Trap - Conditions
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
The Who - Quadrophenia
The Twelth Man - 12th Man Again!

is the list of albums I've heard this year. I could have sworn it was more, but I guess not.

Quadrophenia, Aja and Kid A have probably been the pick of the lot.

Whats your favorite from Born in the USA? Mine is Downbound Train.
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And glad Pet Sounds found a new listener. My second favorite album of all time.
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Huh, It would seem that it was actually this year that I heard The Hurting for the first time, THAT would be the big album for me this year then. Closely followed by The Crossing and then Ocean Rain.
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