KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 2009 NSFW

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We come to the end of the decade and even though I’ve spent most of it moaning about my dislike of the era for music in general there’s still a lot of great albums have made the lists. It’s the musical culture as a whole that was disappointing but hey let’s focus on the positives here and get into the best of 2009. Oh I usually have something to say about my personal life so 2009….2009…oh my nervous breakdown begun so…..there’s that. I also met my fiance……the two are not connected.

 

35.Static X-Cult Of Static

The band’s final album due to the untimely death of frontman Wayne Static in 2014. They’ve made the list a few times and I always said if I ever felt guilty for liking something they would be my guilty pleasure but I don’t so I simply like their stuff without irony. Features a guest solo from Dave Mustaine.

Highlights-“Lunatic” “Skinned”

 

34.Busta Rhymes-Back On My B.S

This album was not very well recieved at the time and I can see why in a way. His intricate vocal gymnastics were such a part of his unique appeal. His crazy, tripped out aesthetics and bizarre experimentation seems to have given way to a more basic production style which is fine but just not the standard of past Busta albums. …..This is a good list…….

Highlights-“Kill Dem” “World Go Round”

 

33.Colbie Caillat-Breakthrough

Oh come on surely by now you know that even though I’m a punk I’m a sucker for a good ballad. Skipping though the now mostly dead music channels I discovered her single at the time and it’s such a prettty combination of voice and guitar….and face.

Highlights-“Falling For You” “I Won’t”

 

 

32.Joe Budden-Padded Room

The often volatile but still somewhat likeable rapper returned for his third album which shows significant growth in lyricism without any real standout tracks like on his 2003 debut. Still a solid listen from the New Jersey rapper.

Highlights-“In My Sleep” “Angel In My Life”

 

31.New Found Glory-Not Without A Fight

After the somewhat unfair criticism they received for their more mellow previous album Coming Home the band returned to their more energetic style with more riff based music. Melodically I can definitely hear influences from early Goo Goo Dolls while obviously being heavier, just a little thing I noticed.

Highlights-“This Isn’t You” “Such  A Mess”

 

30.Bowling For Soup-Sorry For Partyin’

You know what to expect by now, fun and funny pop rock jams and very catchy ones at that. Not as many stand outs as in some previous albums but still a blast to listen to. Musicto cheer you p.

Highlights-“BFFF” “No Hablo ingles”

 

29.Eels-Hombre Lobo

After the previous double album’s layered themes and more complex musicianship, Mr E decided to record a more streamlined and simple rock record. Far from their greatest work but as usual it’s a perfectly solid piece of work and they really don’t do bad music.

Highlights-“Ordinary Man” “Beginners Luck”

 

 

28.Napalm Death-Time Waits For No Slave

I remember picking up a cassette copy of Inside The Torn Apart in 1997 and the magazine rumours at the time were that the affable death metal band were probably going to call it quits soon…..12 years later and they release an absolute stonker of an album.

Highlights-“Strong Arm” “On The Brink Of Extinction”

 

 

27. Gollbetty-Scramble

A loveable 3rd wave ska punk style band from Nagoya Japan who could have been on the list before had I remembered…..oh well. The band flips from the fast paced punk style to a more j-pop rock sound mixing it up and it just works. Very cute music.

Highlights-“Secret Word” “IF”

 

26.Now That’s What I Call Motown

I never thought a record from the NOW series would make it onto the lists….actually Now 29 nearly made the 1995 list because it was awesome but here we have a collection from an era I love. That wonderful soul sound from the prominently African American movement that prpoduced some of the most memorable pop and soul songs of all time.

Highlights-“I Want You Back  Jackson 5” “My Girl by The Temptations”

 

25.Alicia Keys-The Element Of Freedom

Keys’ excellent musicianship and voice is channeled in a more poppy direction than her more usual minor chord, meloncholy RnB but that doesn’t mean the soul is gone it’s just conveyed through more upbeat chord progressions.. Great Stuff.

Highlights-“Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart” “Wit Til You See My Smile”

 

24.They Might Be Giants-Here Comes Science

The fourth in the band’s series of educational albums intended for children but enjoyed by all. Mixing facts about science and that 90s alt rock sound they are known for is a genius move and works really well with songs about elements, prehistoric facts all sorts you can teach your kids…..and maybe even learn a few things yourself.

Highlights-“I Am A Paleontologist” “Science Is Real”

 

23.Method Man and Redman-Blackout! 2

10 Years after the iconic duo released their first Blackout! album the highly anticipated sequel was released. For the benefit of any youngsters reading this I’m going to talk in your language. ….ahem…….Yo these playas spittin’ hype fire dawg, sick beats and heavy flow” …wait is heavy flow not a period thing? Whatever it’s good.

Highlights-“A-Yo” “Dangerous MC’s”

 

22.Hatebreed-For The Lions

The hardcore/metal band released a cover album celebrating the bands that influenced them. Featuring songs from the likes of Sepultura, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Cro Mags, Suicidal Tendancies, D.R.I and many more. It’s a really good mix of ferocious hardcore punk and thrash metal.

Highlights-“Refuse/Resist by Sepultura” “Hatebreeders by Misfits”

 

21.Devildriver-Pray For Villains

The fourth album from the Californian metal band is absolutely brutally heavy groove laden thrash. I’ve talked about it before but how singer Dez Fafara can go from a band as pump as Coal Chamber to this is impressive. I was deismissive at first because of his past band but when I gave them a shot I was very pleasently surprised. Another stunning performance from drummer John Boecklin.

Highlights-“Pure Sincerity” “I see Belief”

 

20.Gwar-Lust In Space

Everyone’s favourite murderous aliens came back for their eleventh album and it’s just as fast and evil as always, no signs of softening here. Full of Gwar’s trademark humour and over the top dramatic gimmicks that make them what they are.

Highlights-“Let Us Slay” “Where Is Zog?”

 

19.Weezer-Raditude

Well….this sure is something. Absolutely detested by many Weezer fans, this album is a deliberate attempt at a record label pleasing, soulless pop record…..and I’m not even mad at that. It’s kind of a mix of incredibly cynical but brave too because they must have known they were going to piss fans off to the point they would lose plenty for the sake of one album’s worth of new fans. If I loved Weezer more than any other band I reckon I would be raging but I find it kinda funny.

Highlights-“I’m Your Daddy” “Let It All Hang Out”

 

18.Rancid-Let The Dominoes Fall

This was the first record from the third wave punk legends since drummer Brett Reed left the band to be replaced by Branden Steineckert. It’s typical Rancid with a mix of mellow folk punk, two tone and street punk that has made them so popular over the years.

Highlights-“Lulu” “You Want It, You Got It”

 

17.”Weird Al” Yankovic-The Essential

A big collection of the loveable goofs best parodies selected by the man himself after discussing it with his fans. Two discs spanning his entire career.It has a couple of his originals as well. Funny and talented fellas is our Al.

Highlights-“White And Nerdy” “The Saga Begins”

 

16.MXPX-On The Cover 2

The sequel to the pop punk mainstay’s 1995 ep is a fun collection of 80s covers ranging from the likes of Belinda Carlisle, The Go Gos, The Blue Hearts, Kim Wilde, Queen and more. Good, fast and melodic fun.

Highlights-“Punk Rock Girl” by The Dead Milkmen “Fallen Angel” by Posion

 

15.MF Doom-Born Like This

One of the most respected artists/producers in the game is back with another very solid album. Bassy, dark production and head bopping beats compliment his unique flow perfectly. Perhaps not as much diversity as some of his other stuff stops it from being one of his best but there aren’t many rappers who have as many great albums as Doom so that’s no slight.

Highlights-“Gazillion Ear” “Yessir”

 

14.Kreator-Hordes Of Chaos

The German thrash legends are back on the list again and they just keep banging them out. Refusing to give into trends and keeping that 80s thrash metal spirit alive and relevant. Excellent musicianship and slam dance worthy riffs set to the pace of a coked up Usain Bolt.

Highlights-“Destroy What Destroys You” “Warcurse”

 

13.The Mighty Mighty Bosstones-Pin Points And Gin Joints

Several times they’ve ended up on these lists and there’s definitely something that helps them stand out from many of the other 3rd wave ska bands (although they started before that scene even started) and it’s their ability to make rousing emotional ska songs. A difficult thing to do as the style usually lends itself to very upbeat happy dancing songs or skacore which is a darker sounding and not as fun style. One of their best songs ever appears on here.

Highlights-“I Wrote It” “Sister Mary”

 

12.Reel Big Fish-Fame, Fortune And Fornication

Speaking of 3rd wave ska bands that stand out amongst the rest, Reel Big Fish return with a covers album. Long overdue as well as their fun covers have always been a staple of their live sets over the years so hearing someof them recorded was a cool wee treat.

Highlights-“Veronica Sawyer”by Edna’s Goldfish “Authority Son” by John Mellencamp

11.NOFX-Coater

This came out at a time where frontman Fat Mike was going through a divorce and overindulging in his drug habit which made his promotion of the album more obnoxious than usual. Usually there’s a wit and tongue in cheek aspect to his attitude but he was just acting like a full on arsehole around this time and as terrible as it is for me to say, it really affected how I saw this album when it came out. I know that’s unfair but I couldn’t help it, a few years on and I can see it for what it is which is typical NOFX fare in a good way. Particular praise going to El Hefe’s excellent guitar work.

Highlights-“We Called It America” “Best God In Show”

 

10.Regina Spektor-Far

The wonderfully brilliant Russian/American songstress Regina Spektor is back on the list with a collection of genuinely quirky (not that really annoying forced quirk the likes of Paloma Faith force on you) songs from a woman, her piano, voice and a genuinely unique talent for songwriting. The sea is just a wetter version of the sky indeed.

Highlights-“Folding Chair” “Eet”

 

9.Raekwon-Only Built For Cuban Linx…Pt 2

The sequel to 1995’s critically acclaimed Only Built For Cuban Linx was also met with widespread fanfare due to it’s tight production, interesting beats, lyrical depth and the choices of guest appearances. Like most Wu Tang solo albums there are other members of the group that turn up and we get bars from Busta Rhymes and more.

Highlights-“House Of Flying Daggers” “Black Mozart”

 

8.Tech N9ne-K.O.D.

The master of the chopper style of rap is back with his first of two entries on this list. A master of storytelling and dark humour along with his absolute mastery of the tongue twister. Tight production and varied guest appearances from the likes of Three Six Mafia and Brotha Lynch Hung flesh out the prolific artist’s repertoire.

Highlights-“Strange Music Box” “Show Me A God”

 

7.Slayer-World Painted Blood

This may be controversial, I don’t know enough about the hardcore Slayer fans to be sure but I reckon this may be the best Slayer album since the early 90s. High praise indeed for the legends of the thrash genre. As heavy, pounding and sacrilegious as ever.

Highlights-“Hate Worldwide” “Not Of This God”

 

6.The Prodigy-Invaders Must Die

For a group that have been around since the early 90s it’s weird to think this was only their fifth release, seems like they’ve had a lot more stuff out than that. When I heard they were taking a bit of new direction I was convinced they were going for the horrible dubstep trend but thankfully not so it’s just more heavy on the big drum and bass style beats and the drastic change that had been threatened wasn’t really evident. One of the most important electronic crossover acts still have what it takes to sound fresh.

Highlights-“Warrior’s Dance” “Omen”

 

5.Hopsin-Gazing At The Moonlight

One of, if not the brightest talent to come out of hip hop in the last few years in my opinion. Hopsin is a charasmatic and incredibly talented rapper with aggressive flow and good lyricism often critisising the negative aspects of African American culture and the amount of talentless rappers somehow achieving major success these days. His only album released on Ruthless Records, owned and run by Easy E’s widow and the lack of promotion and support he got created major heat as Hopsin would brutally torch her whenever he could. He’s come a long way since his days as an extra on That’s So Raven.

Highlights-“I’m Here” “Pans In The Kitchen”

 

4.Teenage Bottlerocket-They Came From The Shadows

One of the bands keeping Ramone-core alive and kicking and with a love for horror, Teenage Bottlerocket are one of the bands that kept me from crying into my pillow at night thinking that no good punk bands who formed after the 90s were going to get any sort of push. Very simplistic, four chords and a melody kind of stuff but that’s up my alley.

Highlights-“Skate Or Die” “Forbidden Planet”

 

3.Anti-Flag-The People Or The Gun

Jesus, they’ve been on the lists so much it’s hard to know what to write about any more…..hyper left wing punk rock anthems, very good yaddy ya. Go back to the 90s lists and look at the difference in my descriptions…….I told you this would happen when we went further into the 00s.

Highlights-“The Old Guard” “The Economy Is Suffering…Let It Die”

 

2.Tech N9ne-Sickology 101

The affable horrorcore chopper makes his second appearance in the 2009 list and it’s part of his collab collection in which he teams up with other rappers on the sons. Cool thing, had a stranger tell me these lists put him on to Tech N9ne and he was thankful because he had grown increasingly frustrated with the likes of Drake and Lil’ Wayne being the only kinds of rappers getting pushes these days. I was in that funk myself until I decided to try harder and look a little beneath the surface like I did when I was younger and there’s plenty out there worth giving a shot.

Highlights-“Dysfunctional” “Sickology 101”

 

1.Municipal Waste-Massive Aggressive

How this band isn’t bigger in the metal scene I’ll never know. The perfect mix of speed, power, aggression and humour….they’re the Daley Thompson of music. Considered a crossover band due to their mix of pounding hardcore punk and thrash metal, they tick all the boxes they are going for and they have a new album out now “Slime And Punishment” so go and get it.

Highlights-“Mech Cannibal” “Wolves Of Chernobyl”

 

Well there we go, the 00s are done it was a hell of a lot harder than the 90s that’s for sure…..I don’t mean in choosing the best ones to fit the list I mean choosing enough to take it up to 35 in the first place. Nonetheless I’m having a wee break from the music lists then firing on with the 80s. Stay tuned and request any lists you’d like to see in the meantime. Cho x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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