Top Albums of 2009

Posted: November 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

Well, it’s almost the end of 2009, which means it’s time to rank album releases. My ratings here are based on my playback value. I’ve listened to probably over 50 albums this year, but I’ve only included ones that I’ve listened to thoroughly. Also, I should probably mention that while most of these releases come from what are considered “Christian” artists, a few listed are not. Last note- this list excludes EPs, live albums, and Christmas albums.

1. The Fear Of GodShowbread (5/5)
2. Hello HurricaneSwitchfoot (5/5)
3. Memento MoriFlyleaf (4.5/5)
4. Son Of The MorningOh Sleeper (4.5/5)
5. The End Is Not The EndHouse Of Heroes (4.5/5)*
6. Brand New EyesParamore (4.5/5)
7. Welcome To The MasqueradeThousand Foot Krutch (4.5/5)
8. The OutsidersNeedtobreathe (4.5/5)
9. It Hates YouHe Is Legend (4/5)
10. Picket Fence CartelProject 86 (4/5)
11. Forget And Not Slow DownRelient K (4/5)
12. Church MusicDavid Crowder* Band (4/5)
13. Love And WarBarlowGirl (4/5)
14. AbsencePaper Route (4/5)
15. Heaven And EarthPhil Wickham (4/5)
16. City Of Black And WhiteMat Kearney (4/5)
17. Birds And CagesDeas Vail (4/5)
18. Stop And ListenBethany Dillon (3.5/5)
19. The Good AlbumAll Star United (3.5/5)
20. In Shallow Seas We SailEmery (3.5/5)
21. Innocence And InstinctRed (3.5/5)
22. The Lost Get FoundBritt Nicole (3.5/5)
23. SpainBetween The Trees (3.5/5)
24. ComedownDreampilots (3.5/5)
25. BlueManic Drive (3.5/5)
26. Beauty Will RiseSteven Curtis Chapman (3.5/5)
27. Fireflies And SongsSara Groves (3.5/5)
28. The Now And The Not YetJeremy Riddle (3.5/5)
29. Dear Future, Come Get MeThe Fold (3.5/5)
30. It Is WellKutless (3/5)

Others (not in any particular order): VOTAVOTA (3/5)* AwakeSkillet (3/5), Live Life LoudHawk Nelson (3/5), ConfessionsPillar (3/5), Fangs!Falling Up (3/5), Tear Down The WallsHillsong United (3/5), In The Hands Of GodNewsboys (3/5), Love Is On The MoveLeeland (3/5), Stand For YouJonny Diaz (3/5), Best Night Of Our LivesEveryday Sunday (3/5), CrashDecyfer Down (3/5), The FrayThe Fray (3/5), Back And ForthLanae Hale (3/5), Until The Whole World HearsCasting Crowns (3/5), Who Speaks For Planet EarthAnd Then There Were None (3/5), God Of This CityBluetree (3/5), Hope RisingFee (3/5)

Still have to check out: IIIMaylene And The Sons Of Disaster, ConstellationsAugust Burns Red, Monster MonsterThe Almost, Rocks Into RiversSeabird

Disappointments: Skillet, Newsboys, Falling Up

Could Have Done Better:
Emery, Bethany Dillon, Flyleaf, Paramore (I enjoyed all of these releases; I just had really high expectations since these are some of my favorite bands.)

Surprises: Showbread, House Of Heroes, Thousand Foot Krutch, Switchfoot

Looking Forward To In 2010: After Edmund, Children 18:3, Sanctus Real, Disciple, Fireflight, The Wedding, Wavorly, Vicky Beeching, Rebecca St. James, RunKidRun, Demon Hunter

*House Of Heroes’ album released digitally in 2008, but the hard copy (which I have) was not available until 2009. Same goes for VOTA, the digital album released at the end of 2008 and the hard copy in 2009.

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