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Best of 2009 - 2009 George The Jack



ARTIST: Best Of 2009
ALBUM: George The Jack
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:


Background
2009 was a strong year, full of plenty major record comebacks of great names, some of them a success, while some others not as worthwhile. In any case, the resurrection of numerous massive names is quite optimistic, itself, regarding music as a whole, without taking into account the quality of certain music outcomes. As George notices, it has been a full year. The copyright and piracy issues came up again, resulting in many torrent portals shutting down, Demonoid disappearing, blogs collapsing, etc. The only ones unaffected by that fact, are vinylmaniacs around the world, who aren't willing to give up their beloved vinyl records, at any cost. Even if we've excelled to a digital era in music, even if diagrams made by expert audioholics have proven that vinyl superiority is just a myth, they remain attached to their childhood love. Personally, as a new era child, really stumbled upon cassette trading and smoothly glided to the digital era. Therefore, I'm really keen on staying informed on digital technology breakthroughs out there regarding music.

It is my belief that 2009, as a whole, surpassed 2008 in quantity and quality, from what I can recall and listen with pleasure, no more than 3 or 4 releases. It is certain however that 2009 has been the year that Frontiers conquered the melodic rock industry, as many marvelous releases came from that label. The rest were left being understudies.


The Songs
My Top Ten:

SUNSTORM - HOUSE OF DREAMS
This exceptional release impressed me more than any other. Quality melodic rock, up-to-date, while carrying the hallmark of success. JLT is still a top name in melodic rock sound. I can't imagine what would have happened if the production had been more personalized and the vocals hadn't been sent across the Atlantic ocean, just to be included in the mixing. Furthermore, we would have in front of us a timeless diamond if this album had been recorded as a regular band album and not as a project.

MASTEDON - III
It isn't the first time that the inconceivable world class voice of John Elefante shows up to stir the waters. What is more, the previous two Mastedon releases were of the highest quality standards. This year the Elefante brothers remind us how good ol' AOR is played, with imaginative arrangements and excellent vocal harmonies through an ideal production. Monumental! Unforgettable classic rock is here, in its full grandeur, in the year 2009.

W.E.T. - s/t
For Journey fans, and many others, an amazing release with JSS finally revealing his Steve Perry influence with no fear or hesitation at all. I strongly believe that JSS hasn't sang as well since the 'Eyes' era. Probably an indirect revenge towards the arrogant mr. Schon.

WINGER - KARMA
It's difficult to imagine a better comeback for Kip and his friends. A perfect balance between the band's party hard rock first years and the maturity and musical genius that's captivated through experience and time. To put it simply, this is mere quality!

FOREIGNER - CAN'T SLOW DOWN
The remarkable Kelly Hansen is determined to bring Foreigner full back to the game and has really made it happen! The biggest prize is that all old fans feel satisfied from the composition and the vocals, too, despite Lou's absence, that being a huge achievement in an uneven battle.

STRYPER - MURDER BY PRIDE
Stryper have managed to combine their traditional sound with the modern one, achieving a powerful and quality result. I love this record and it will be extremely difficult to exclude it from my favourites.

BLANC FACES - FALLING FROM THE MOON
Le Blanc's consistency in releasing solid records carries on with Falling From the Moon in the most remarkable way. Excellent AOR with a few westcoast elements that may appeal to a wide audience spectrum.

EUROPE - LAST LOOK AT EDEN
Ok, it can absolutely not reach the heights of 'Final Countdown' or 'Wings of Tomorrow', but it's much more superior than anything Europe have released after their reunion. Many of the things that made us love them are present.

HARDLINE - LEAVING THE END OPEN
Forget all about the legendary hard rock S/T from the early 90s. Don't even bother to make any pointless comparisons. Here, we're dealing with a trully appealing melodic record, with the artist Josh Ramos on guitars and Johnny Gioeli 20 years more mature and musically grown.

DANGER DANGER - REVOLVE
Neither as glammish, nor as hairy but more melodic rock. Ted Poley sounds better than ever and 'god' Timmons has been replaced by another six-string whisperer, Rob Marcello. What else could we hope for?

Other memorable albums
I could easily pick up many runners up, like Turgon's 'Places of Power', House of Lords and Gotthard, Steevi Jaimz, The Poodles, the overlooked 'Crash the System' effort, Brazillian newbies 'Highest Dream', Grand Design, Praying Mantis, Outloud and a great second Voices of Rock project. One would manage to find plenty more worthy things throughout that noisy year.

Major Disappointments
The title of biggest disappointments is shared between UFO and Bon Jovi (they didn't manage what Europe did this year, in my view) and soul - lacking Magnum record comes next, along with the colourless Dare. Unfortunately, Chickenfoot didn't manage to live up to the expectations created prior to their release. Truly a shame.


In Summary
It has been a good year, after all, along with some memorable reissues from the reissue labels (keep up the good work, guys!) and we therefore wish for an even better 2010. May 2010 be the beginning for other labels to enter the league and break the Frontiers' monopoly. Besides, polyphony always ensures competition and quality.

HAPPY AND ROCKIN' NEW YEAR TO ALL GLORYDAZERS!


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#1 | roadrunner158 on January 15 2010 17:04:49
Well done! Most of the releases you mention are also in my peronal 'best of'-list for 2009. Minor disagreements: Your ratings of Crash The System (awful production, therefore not memorable IMO) and Dare (has a lot of strong moments, but once again, I seem to be in the minority...)
#2 | gdazegod on January 15 2010 21:52:47
Dare.. colorless.. good choice of words.
#3 | Eric on January 16 2010 00:21:56
It's funny/ interesting how these list always reflect out personalities and musical tastes. George you rock!
#4 | george_the_jack on January 16 2010 01:21:40
Eric I really enjoy polyphony and diversity among glorydazers. There are so many things for us to agree on and as many to disagree on! It's true that musical taste reflects one's personality and soul. guitar2

"Crash the system", isn't as "properly" produced as it should, indeed, but I thought that its' compositions were truly melodic and inspired.. I really liked it!

As for the new Dare album, while "Out of the Silence" was as colorful as the.. 'Garden of Earthly Delights' painting, this one is more like.. "Guernica", colorwise, at least. Lol! hilarious
#5 | Nick C on January 16 2010 06:21:00
I must be in a minority but the W.E.T. hasn't really hooked me in, but the Hardline I thought was excellent, and the surprise of the year for me was the Steevi Jaimz album the strength of which I just didn't expect.
 
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