Noah and the WhaleThe First Days of Spring

This band has become one of my favorite bands… Their 2nd full length album has taken my breath away and brought tears to my eyes on more then one occasion. Their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down was one of my favorite albums of last year and it is still on constant rotation. I was a little hesitant to put, First Days of Spring on my favorite list because of the two instrumental tracks on the album… Not sure of the purpose, even when listening to the album from front to back it just pulls me right out of the album. Aside from those 2 tracks it is an album that I never want to end.

mp3:   First Days of Spring (explicit lyrics)

Florence + The MachineLungs

This album is something magical indeed… Another debut album that contains some of the songs from their EP but uncovers so much more to this UK band. The vocals of Florence Welch howl throughout the entire album with big drum rhythms to carry it all along. Lungs is brilliant, epic and dense and leaves me wondering what the hell is next?

mp3:   Cosmic Love

Grizzly BearVeckatimest

I think this comes as no surprise, the album is brilliant. I was not a fan of their 2006 album Yellow House but I felt like this album had a more distinct direction. Most of all their music has progressed, their music is something I will compare other indie rock experimental music to in the future and that is a pretty high honor. From beginning to end this album is filled with amazing highs and some delicate dark lows. I love every moment.

mp3:  Two Weeks

We Were Promised JetpacksThese Four Walls

Soaring guitar driven indie rock and the lead singer Adam Thompson belting out lyrics with his delicious Scottish accent. Yes please! I love this album, it was a huge surprise and it has become one of my most listened to albums of 2009. Great driving music, great indie rock. Can’t wait to see them live in February.

mp3:  It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning

This concludes my favorite albums of 2009… A short list this year but I do have an honorable mention list in the works. I wanted to say thank you for sharing another year of music with me and I look forward to 2010. xx


7 Responses to “Favorite Albums of 2009 Part 2”

  1. Andrew on December 28th, 2009 9:33 am

    I feel like I am the only person in the the world who didn’t like the Grizzly Bear album.

    Hadn’t heard of Noah and the Whale. Really like it.

  2. Rachel on December 28th, 2009 11:31 am

    Hey Andrew, I understand. I was actually kind of surprised as I didn’t care for Yellow House… To each their own.
    Glad you like Noah and the Whale.:-)

  3. paul baines on December 29th, 2009 9:46 pm

    yes, wonderful, it’s thunder and lighting in my ears right now, thank you thank you thank you.

  4. Rachel on January 3rd, 2010 9:04 pm

    Thanks Paul, you are most welcome. I am glad you like.

  5. t-dub on February 1st, 2010 4:04 pm

    Love your list. Love knowing I got lots of good stuff in 2009 from YOU.

  6. Gail on February 1st, 2010 6:34 pm

    Tara shared your list on Twitter.

    Here’s mine, so no wonder I’m such a big fan of yours!

    PS – I discovered The XX shortly after doing this post. How GREAT is “Islands”?

  7. Rachel on February 2nd, 2010 11:35 am

    Hi Gail! Thanks for stopping by. We have similar tastes indeed. :-)

    Love The xx, every track is a fav!

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