here’s part deux of my end of the year extravaganza.
40. maritime: heresy and the hotel choir
Maritime is quite frankly on a roll. Their last album, We, the Vehicles stunned me as it was the first time I had ever heard from them, so I was naturally psyched for Heresy and the Hotel Choirs. While Heresy is not really a step up from Vehicles, it is in no way a step down. Maritime continues to pump out meticulously aesthetic rock, to me, the songs on this album commit to satisfying every wish I have for the song before me. All my friends love Martime, I love Maritime, so chances are that you’ll be pretty fond of them as well.
buy maritime here.
39. stars: in our bedroom after the war
I can remember the unfortunate leak of this album, months before its official release, but I know for me, that getting the album digitally earlier was a blessing. Waiting a few more months for an album like this would test anyone’s anticipation levels and patience to the maximum. First off, this is another group that has had a wonderful previous album, so expectations were most definitely high and met. Second, when you get away from expectations and all that jazz, this album really knocks the socks off. Each track has its own style and the entire album is split appropriately between Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan. Another very excellent and eloquent release by the simply divine and enchanting Stars.
buy stars here.
38. rooney: calling the world
Rooney’s California glossy indie pop gets me everytime. Calling the World does not only have solid singles like “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?”, but they put together solemn anthems on the disc that play in between the powerful loud ballads. I don’t think anyone can find a band that does what Rooney does. This CD is another large step for the group, and an overall fun listen whenever you have the time.
buy rooney here.
37. the shins: wincing the night away
This album has been getting the semi-cold shoulder because of it’s early in the year release. Back in January, this fine disc hit the shelves and has been almost un-associated with this year. This album deserves a lot more than that. A majority of the tracks on this album simply demonstrate what good muzak should be. Indie pop that’s as sweet as honey with powerful statements in the sound that bellows triumphantly. The arrangements are masterful and Wincing the Night Away is a prime example of how The Shins are one of music’s best bands out today.
buy the shins here.