Music-Critic's Top 5 of 2009 Feature Thursday December 10, 2009

Yes kids, it is that time of year again. Time for Music-critic’s Top 5 of 09 feature.

Time to put on our pretentious hats and start choosing the top records of the year. As always, he’s what I really, really thought of the records this year.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s blitz – To be honest, I’ve never really liked the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. For a while they embodied everything that’s wrong with the Hipster Generation. It was cool to love them, but not cool for anyone else to love them. They had some great tracks, but I probably disliked them solely because so many people told me to like them. But them came Rockband and with it came the song Maps, which ultimately became an in apartment staple for most of early 2009. So when I heard they were releasing a new album. I had to pick it up and it blew our socks away. Such an amazing complete album (Which pretty much is the requirement for being a record of the year in my books).

Ignore the hipsters and pick… it… up.

Metric – Fantasies – I have a slight crush on Emily Haines, even if she does look like a hybrid between Dooce and the girl from Mercy. Either way, Metric is a great band and as far as mainstream Canadian Rock outfits go, they are a treat to hear. Fantasies is everything this band has promised for the past few years and more.

Damn, I should have used that line in my write-up.

The Dudes – BCBG Because I needed some one from Calgary in my list.

I’m KIDDING! It’s actually a really good summer time record. Since picking it up this Fall, I don’t think it’s left the car stereo since. It’s nice to have a little summer time pick me up while you’re sitting in 2 feet of snow and Deerfoot has crawled to a halt … Plus BCBG happens to contain the best line from a song all year.

‘Cause jenny like marvin and marvin like arnold and arnold likes jess. Oh I guess everyone likes jess. But jesse ain’t dating, she’s down in the basement listening to pet sounds her mom’s 45’s get the best sounds.

Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures – I have a massive man-crush on Joshua Homme, even if he does look like the dude from Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal. So combine him with Dave Ghrol, whom I also have a massive man crush, even if he does look like the Drummer from Weird Al’s Smells Like Nirvana Video and you get the basis for why I loved this album.

Mos Def – The Ecstatic – Ummm, this should be a given. I’m white and fairly pretentious.

In all serious though it is a great record.

And now for the worst record of the year…

Arctic Monkeys – Humbug – This was a tough one.

Because I’d already given up on Weezer as a any sort of band way back in 2005, I couldn’t go with the obvious choice. And while there were some brutal records released in 2009, none were as disappointing as Humbug. Sure the Tegan and Sara record was meh and maybe I’ve just out grown new Alexisonfire, but nothing was more of a let down than the new Arctic Monkeys … Absolutely nothing was worse than seeing such an amazing recipe for awesomeness get destroyed like that.

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