10 albums still to buy in 2009

August 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm (Music)

1. Alice in Chains – “Black Gives Way to Blue” (29.09.2009) – Hailed by many as the best rock album of the decade. The first single is amazing and shows AIC in top form, with new lead singer William Du Vall successfully replacing Layne Staley, and sounding surprisingly similar.

2. Muse – “The Resistance” (14.09.2009) – A bit uncertain about this one. First single is crap and brought back awful memories of “Supermassive Black Hole” (aka Worst Muse Song Ever). Second single is outstanding (although a bit too similar to Queen). The three-part rock opera at the end sounds tempting.

3. Pearl Jam – “Backspacer” (20.09.2009) – These guys can do no wrong. Although their latest albums lacked the strength and intensity of the first ones, they’re still amazing pieces of rock music. I’m sure this will be the same.

4. Oceansize – “Home and Minor” (EP, autumn 2009) – The best unknown band in Britain comes back with an EP that they promise will contain shorter songs. I’m not sure that’s a good thing however – the sheer originality and complexity of their almost 10 minute epics is their best asset. Still, these guys also did nothing wrong, like ever, so I don’t think they’ll start now.

5. Porcupine Tree – “The Incident” (14.09.2009) – A double-disc album that will contain one CD with a 45-minute song and another CD with a bunch of normal (aka 6-10 min) songs. A great concept and high expectations from the best progressive band out there.

6. Biffy Clyro – “Only Revolutions” (09.2009) – One of the few indie bands I like (and that’s probably because they’re not so much indie as they’re alternative / hard-rock). If this will be as good as their previous effort, it’s gonna be huge.

7. Weezer – untitled (27.10.2009) – Geeky pop-rock at its finest. Not that there are many geeky pop-rock bands out there. Still, these guys are crazy enough to make even the dumbest things work like a charm.

8. Brand New – “Daisy” (22.09.2009) – Yes, I know, everyone claims these guys are emo. Well, they’re not. They’ve considerably evolved since their debut, and their last album was actually more than decent. Still, can something good turn up with that title?

9. Chevelle – “Sci-Fi Crimes” (31.08.2009) – The first single off the album, Jars, is as good as Chevelle has ever done. No reason for the whole album to be any different.

10. Rishloo – “Feathergun” (autumn 2009)  – Just like Tool, there’s so much more behind their music. They’re unsigned, but quite famous among Tool and A Perfect Circle fans, due to the Internet. The album will be independently produced and released – I just hope the sound quality will be better than on their previous effort.

Bonus: Keep an eye out for a new Glassjaw EP (and possibly also a full-length), a solo album from Aaron Lewis (lead singer in Staind), the debut album from Dead By Sunrise (side project of Chester Bennington, of Linkin Park), plus possible new albums from The Fall of Troy and 30 Seconds to Mars. All these, however, haven’t been confirmed for 2009 and might be pushed back to 2010.


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