Well, we’re reaching the end of the year, and there were a few album reviews that I didn’t get to but would have liked to, since they were some of my favorite albums this year. As a result, I’m gonna whip together a couple of posts over the next few weeks highlighting some of my top albums of the year. Some of them will be released this year, some of it will be stuff I just happened to find this year, and none of it will be in any sort of order. Enough yammering! Time for musics!
Maybeshewill – I Was Here for a While, Then I Was Gone – Such a good post rock album! I gotta say, I’m not usually one for intro tracks, but Maybeshewill rocks it.
Piano-driven awesomeness abounds on this album, and it’s one of those albums that I can (and have!) listened to on constant repeat.The way that they go from all out, heavy riffage to gentle piano parts and back and forth creates an album that is always an engaging listen. This one comes very highly recommended by me.
Russian Circles – Empros – I believe my comment on twitter about this one was “Do you have ear-holes? Put good things in them and listen to this album!” or something along those lines. If I had to pick a top album for the year, this one would probably be it. Crushing distortion, fantastic drumming, and crazy skilled guitar playing abound on this album. Also, if you ever get the chance, see these guys live, because that was probably one of the best shows I have ever seen, hands down.
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien – Probably the best indie rock album I heard all year, straight up. Fantastic musicianship all around, and catch tunes, led in by the killer “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)”. If you only listen to one album to get your indie fix this year, make it this one. Also, Brian (the keyboardist) is super good people, and makes incredibly awesome pedals that I would totally like to purchase someday.
Crotchthrottle – Everything Odder than Everything Else – I have no idea what category to put this album in. It’s not post rock, it’s not electronica, but it has those elements.
It’s…awesome. That’s what it is.It’s even more awesome because it was put together by the talented jrmy from the I <3 Fuzz forums. Fuzzy, filtery goodness oozes from this album, and it’s dirt cheap to boot. Check it.
And this only starts to scratch the surface of the great stuff I came across this year. I’m gonna see what I can do about getting a couple of posts out this week to keep recommending stuff.