Anyway, here's this year's top ten, in order from awesome to most awesome.
|"Angle" by the Strokes|
9. Telekinesis -- "12 Desperate Straight Lines" -- A dozen catchy pop songs with a broken hearted tint. Telekinesis doesn't do anything all that new, but what they (he, really) does is great. Sure, "Please Ask For Help" sounds a bit too much like a Cure song, but I'm okay with that.
|"The Valley" by Eisley|
7. Foo Fights -- "Wasting Light" -- The Foo Fighters lost me at a certain point; I think it was the double album. Their music started to get redundant to me. It's not that I didn't appreciate what they were doing, it's just that I was kind of over it. This album brought me back. As soon as I heard the crazy off tempo beginning to "Rope," I was sucked in. An overall rockin' album.
6. Foster the People -- "Torches" -- If there was ever a band primed for one hit wonder status, it's this one. "Pumped Up Kicks" was everywhere this year and, to be perfectly honest, it's not even the best song on this album (that's probably "Houdini"). Fantastic dance music for those of us who don't really dance unless we're really, really drunk.
|Office of Future Plans|
|"Pedals" by Rival Schools|
3. Wugazi -- "13 Chambers" -- Good god did I listen to this album like it was going out of style. Okay, fine, some of the Fugazi songs chosen for this mash-up album are kind of obscure, but, nerd that I am, I know them all. Has the Wu Tang Clan ever sounded this good? Okay, probably, but when was the last time they sounded this fresh? Only a crazy person could listen to "Sweet Release" or "Slow Like That" and not find them completely awesome.
|"The Whole Love" by Wilco|
|"We Are the Tide" by Blind Pilot|
So there you have it: ten albums that I would recommend to anyone. Go check them out if you get the chance; they're all worth it.