(These last few days have been crazy! Sorry for the extreme delay)
So my list of albums from 2009 are not necessarily albums that were released in 2009 (most released in 2008), but the albums that I listened to/enjoyed the most in 2009. My taste in music is kind of all over the place, so bear with me.
- Kate Voegele, A Fine Mess : So I discovered Kate Voegele back before she became more well known, and when she released her new album, I was afraid that Hollywood had gotten to her… Not in the slightest. “A Fine Mess” is full of clever lyrics and the right mix of slower songs and more upbeat tunes. The only letdown on the album for me is “Talkin’ Smooth”, where she tried to infuse a bit of country. Earth to Kate: please do not try this again. It was a fail. Tracks to check out >> Angel, Sweet Silver Lining, Forever and Almost Always.
- Rosi Golan, The Drifter and the Gypsy : This is the absolute perfect album for a long drive. The songs are mellow but have the right amount of beats and razzmatazz to not make you fall asleep. I discovered Rosi Golan from One Tree Hill, where three of her songs were featured. I’m a sucker for melancholy and sad music, so this album is definitely up my alley, definitely worth your money. Tracks to check out >> Come Around, Been A Long Day, Hazy.
- Taylor Swift, Fearless : Okay, so it is common knowledge that I despise country in all shapes and forms. But ever since Taylor Swift took the world by storm, I have slowly been warming up to the “pop” side of country. I still can’t handle twangy hick country and I doubt I ever will, but to even be able to stomach a country album is a huge improvement for me. I would suggest the platinum edition of Fearless, some of Taylor’s new songs (“Jump Then Fall”) are great. Tracks to check out >> Love Story, You Belong With Me, Forever & Always.
- Lady GaGa, The Fame : We all think it, Lady GaGa is a freak of nature. Maybe so, but there is no denying that the girl (she is a girl, right?) can sing. Her outfits range from classy to “what the hell was she thinking?”, her music video to “Bad Romance” has haunted my nightmares, and her over-sexual nature has been under the public eye for months now. Despite it all, her album still remains a personal favorite of mine. Her attempt at a ballad, “Brown Eyes”, was admittedly a flop, but she shines on the typical night club tracks like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. “Boys, Boys, Boys” has very weak lyrics, but is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can’t help it. GaGa rocks. Tracks to check out >> Paparazzi, Telephone, Bad Romance.