2009 was a great year for music, Michael Jackson died, American Idol went totally gay (which will give me some extra free time knowing I can avoid it altogether now), Kanye West imploded (he also gave us a new word “imma”), but best of all some great CD’s were released in 2009.
The three best CD releases are as follows:
#3 Brendan Benson – My Old Familiar Friend
Brendan Benson, who is best known for his work with Jack White and The Raconteurs is very likely the best solo artist that nobody knows about. His music is a throw-back to rock-n-roll in the 1970’s and 80’s except better. If you like Elvis Costello, The Squeeze, The Kinks, Electric Light Orchestra, Joe Jackson, you will love Brendan Benson! His new CD “My Old Familiar Friend” doesn’t have a bad track on it, here is one of the singles from the collection.
#2 Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
This CD could have easily been number one on my list and in fact I had planned that it would be at the top but for whatever reason I moved it to number two (maybe because the number one pick contains the best song of the year so I gave it the edge). Manchester hasn’t created a bad song yet in my opinion and this CD does not disappoint. Hopefully I will be awarding Manchester’s front man Andy Hull the number one spot next year for releasing the third Right Away Great Captain CD (I can’t wait for that).
And the best CD of 2009 goes to…
#1 MewithoutYou – it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright
I have been following these guys for a few years but I can’t say that I have always been a huge fan of their music, don’t get me wrong I certainly didn’t hate them but they wouldn’t be my first choice when I opened iTunes. But that all changed with their newest release, “it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright” is an instant classic. These guys are so incredibly original that you almost can’t compare them to any other band (in fact, I can’t). Not only is every single song on this CD absolutely awesome but they also get the award for the best song of the year (The Fox, The Crow and the Cookie) and the best video of the year for the same song (sorry Kanye but you were wrong about Beyonce).
What a great message packed into a single song…
What were you favorite songs and CD’s from 2009? Let me know your thoughts below.