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Best of 2009 - 2009 Jeffrey343

ARTICLE: Best of 2009 (Jeffrey343)

2009 started out a lot slower to me than did 2008, and it really took me a few months to really start noticing a lot of the new releases. I don't get to listen to everything that's out there, or listen to new releases as quickly as I'd like sometimes. I listen to a lot of stuff on Rhapsody; if I really like it, I'll pay the nine bucks to buy it to play in the car. I'll sometimes take chances on other stuff if it is not on Rhapsody but I can listen to samples on iTunes or Amazon and buy the MP3s there. And I'll occasionally order a CD if I really feel like gambling or I have faith in the artist, Sometimes it takes a few months for new albums to become available in the digital realm. But I did hear enough to know that 2009 may even surpass 2008 for quality releases. There was nothing that vaulted to my 'desert island' list quite like 2008's Marcello-Vestry album, but there was enough that narrowing it down to a top-ten has taken me till now (plus I didn't discover a couple of these until January).

The Albums

KISS - Sonic Boom
They've put out around 20 or so albums, but this is the first one I've bought. And it's a good one. It's just a fun album to listen to from start to finish.

Foreigner - Can't Slow Down
Being a huge Foreigner fan, it's a given I'd like this. Kelly Hansen does a great job taking over for Lou Gramm. It may not sound just like 80's Foreigner, but it definitely sounds like>

Daughtry - Leave This Town
This is by far the most mainstream album on my list. Chris Daughtry has a superb voice. And of course this one had a huge budget. I'm still undecided whether it matches the debut, but this is quite good. And there are some bonus tracks available that I think are as good as anything on the actual CD; not sure why they weren't chosen.

Los Angeles - Neverland
I didn't discover this until early January, but it has quickly become a favourite. It's the closest thing to the Marcello-Vestry masterpiece of 2008. Not quite as good, but still great.

Place Vendrome - Streets Of Fire
Another one I didn't discover until January. I'm still getting this one all situated in my memory banks, but it is definitely a winner to me.

House Of Lords - Cartesian Dreams
As I said in my comments on this one, they venture towards the 'hair metal' line in places, but they do not cross it. Very enjoyable hard rock.

On The Rise - Dream Zone
The first OTR album was good, but I couldn't really get to where I love it. This one works much better for me, and has caused me to give the first one another try. Some great songs on here.

Danger Danger - Revolve
Good return to form. Ted Poley sounds great. Not as much emphasis on keyboards as on their classic debut. 'Ghost Of Love' is killer.

Sunstorm - House Of Dreams
Good to hear JLT again, even if he sounds a little worn in places.

Outloud - We'll Rock You To Hell And Back Again
Some killer tunes on this one. 'We Run' & 'Tonight' are great. This one has a great sound too.

In Summary
There was some other good stuff too:

Blanc Faces - Falling From The Moon; Mastedon - 3; Places Of Power - Now Is The Hour; W.E.T. - W.E.T.

I'm sure I've missed some albums that I'll really like once I finally get to hear them (like the AOR & Nine-T-Nine releases among others).

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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 06 2012 04:52:36
Looking back on 2009, I think my list is pretty much the same. The top 3 - KISS, Foreigner, and Daughtry - are easily the ones I play most. While the others are still good, I usually cherry-pick songs from them for playlists, or play them in shuffle mode. I'd say the Daughtry album has crept to #2, mainly on the strength of bonus tracks that I think should have made it to the main release ahead of some of the main album tracks.
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 22 2013 03:59:19
I retract my statement that "2009 may even surpass 2008 for quality releases". Time has shown that I play the KISS quite a bit (it got a good boost from the "Monster" release this year - trying to compare them). The Daughtry album gets played a good amount, and I play the Foreigner a fair amount, usually in shuffle mode with the other Foreigner albums. Much of the rest is forgettable except for cherry-picking songs for playlists...
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