Best of 09: Album of the Year

I’m doing the Best of 2009 Blog Challenge.

December 10 Album of the year. What’s rocking your world?

I have a confession to make: I listen to bad music.

I used to listen to good music. I used to know about good indie bands and I used to listen to a lot of old classic rock, and not just the popular old classic rock.

But then it all changed. I don’t exactly know when it happened. It started with an increasing desire to be able to sing along with the songs at the bar. It kept building as my radio listening increased and my iTunes playing decreased (it hurts my computer to run such a program now-a-days). And just like how lots of small earthquakes and volcanic eruptions eventually build a mountain range, my love of bad music built to the point where I can no longer hide it.

On the way to work, Ke$ha’s song Tik Tok puts a smile on my face. I belt out Britney Spears on my way to the mall. I have the Pussy Cat Dolls on my iPod and I no longer frantically change the station to something ‘more appropriate’ when coworkers and friends get in my car: “Yes I listen to KISS FM, do you have a problem with that?”

Therefore, I am really unequipped to answer this question. But, in a classic Claire move I’m going to answer it anyway.

Despite my love of bad music, and trust me, that love runs deep, I did happen to see a couple good concerts this past year.

I saw Ben Folds, Craig Cardiff, Great Big Sea, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews this year alone (please note this is not a typical year for me, I think I’ve seen more concerts this year than I have all my life).

From these concerts I ended up purchasing CDs which get various amounts of playtime on the drive to work. Typically, I’m totally satisfied with my Rhianna and Beyonce but every once in a while I need a little more depth and I’ll delve into Ben or Dave.

So, of all the 4 CDs I bought this year (Ben Folds – Way to Normal, Dave Matthews – Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 – White Lies for Dark Times and the impulse buy of MGMT – Oracular Spectacular) the best I have to say is Ben Folds – Way to Normal.

This is not to diminish Dave and Ben H., cause they rock (I don’t feel so bad diminishing MGMT). But Ben F. rocks my world. I mean this man has so much talent (unlike Ke$ha) and such a great sense of humour. His snappy piano chords make me endlessly happy and his lyrics make me laugh out loud. He is vulgar and sarcastic and funny as all hell. We’re talking about a guy who was ballsy enough to write lyrics about how hard it is being male, middle-class and white. Yes, this is offensive to most people, but it’s dripping with so much sarcasm and the piano behind it is so happy that I can’t help but love it (the song in question is not on Way to Normal, it’s called Rockin’ the Suburbs on an album of that same name).

Back to the Way to Normal album itself, it is full of gems. The first song tells of story of how he tripped and fell off the stage at a concert in Hiroshima and got a concussion. The song is called Hiroshima or B-B-Benny Hits His Head. Another song, You Don’t Know Me on the album with Regina Spektor is haunting and beautiful. The Frown Song features lyrics such as “Tread slowly from the car to the spa, like a weary war-torn refugee, it’s a struggle just to get to shiatsu…” and the song, The Bitch Went Nuts always makes me giggle.

You should probably go out and buy this album right now. It will improve your mood, it always improves mine. Also check out Dave Matthews and Ben Harper they rock out hard as well. Ben H.’s new band, the Relentless 7, are pretty awesome and the song Shimmer and Shine always gets me pumped up. Dave’s album is all kinds of awesome too and my favourite song from that one is You and Me, it’s so sweet. Buy all three, I promise it’s a good idea. Or, put them on your Christmas list, there’s still time!


3 Responses to “Best of 09: Album of the Year”

  1. 1 ria December 10, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    i listen to really bad music too, but that’s the kind that makes me smile 🙂

  2. 2 Erin December 10, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Agreed. With all of it.

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