Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Halfway Point

With 182 days behind us, this year has already seen some great new albums released by some of the biggest names in music. Well, I'm here to tell you which ones you should already have in your music collection and which albums are coming out soon.

So far, one of my favorites of 2009 is Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life". His singing has gotten noticeable worse, but the musicianship on this album is nothing short of fabulous. Another big album is U2's "No Line On The Horizon". A great album with some of the band's best song writing to date, definitely one to own. Bruce Springsteen's "Working On A Dream" was released way back in January, but should not be forgotten. Springsteen continues to impress. And, of course you need to check out the Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King". This is the band's best album since "Before These Crowded Streets".

While those are albums that everyone has heard about, here are some that may have slipped by you. Jam band Umphrey's McGee released "Mantis" back in January. While their live shows are nothing short of spectacular, their studio albums are also worth a listen. Wilco returns with "Wilco (the album)" and this time they brought their guitars. The mellowness of their 2007 album "Sky Blue Sky" has been left behind to make way for this more rock oriented release. One album that I know is not on too many radars is the new release from The Dear Hunter entitled "Act III: Love and Death". This album brings back the sound of grand albums like Queen's "A Night At The Opera" and Pink Floyd's "The Wall". This is the band's third storied release and the best so far.

Some other big releases this year have come from Green Day (21 Century Breakdown), Eminem (Relapse), and most recently, The Black Eyed Peas (The E.N.D.), but how about the rest of 2009. Well, it seems that things keep getting better, first with the release of Phish's new studio album "Joy". It is the band's first release in five years. Also returning after a five year hiatus are the Beastie Boys with "Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1". We will also see the release of new albums by hip-hop giants Jay-Z and Dr. Dre.

But, probably the pinnacle of this year's releases are the remastered versions of The Beatles catalog. The music of The Beatles will finally be heard in all it's pristine glory. Every studio album from "Please Please Me" to "Let It Be" will be released on September 9.

Keep the music going by checking out some of these releases as well so many other great releases. Also, don't forget my end of the year "Top 10 Albums" to see if any of these albums will make the grade.

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