As you know, The Lisp has put out an APB for your favourite tracks of 2009 (and THANK YOU to everyone who has submitted so far!). Kyle, the tatted hottie from Pluto Drive sent me his choice and I just had to share. Especially, since I'm on a tech/blog pause.
2009; the year of the blitz! or, more appropriately a blitz!
so i must preface this with an official proclamation: i’ve become that guy. the guy that says there is no good “new” music. the guy that doesn't quite understand what the kids are listening to these days. and it saddens me.
in looking back over the course of 2009 at both the new music that i bought, and a list of most all of the stuff that actually came out, i’m left with a bit of a question mark. what really was the musical story of 2009? sure there was some interesting things, the new peaches comes to mind. as does parts of lotus flow3r from prince, and of course there’s the new robbie williams that just came out (never-mind that i haven’t even given the new u2 a listen...) - most of the ‘established’ acts weren’t really doing anything new or for that matter interesting. yes, i love the new robbie, but is it for the music, or for the energy he puts out?
what about the "the" new music i hear yo uask...well, lets just say i’ve been burned too many times to actively seek out the new voices. i mean, you can only be disappointed so many times, right? sure, there are some fun new voices; la roux & paloma faith come to mind. but aren't they just interesting retreads of iconic sounds (yaz & amy winehouse respectively)? 2009 will go down in the books as being “eh”.
there has been one record that has consistently ripped me up all year long tho’; yeah yeah yeah’s’ it’s blitz!. i can’t remember the last time a known band so radically changed its sound (from wall of guitars, to wall of keyboards) - and changed it so deftly.
from the opening burbles of “zero” to the closing drone of “faces”, it’s blitz! proved a commanding understanding of what makes alternative pop work - shear force of will matched with the balls to throw something up to see if it sticks. of course, huge swaths of the album remind you of the brilliance of siouxsie & the banshees from back in the day (but i think that is more of a common thread in all of the yyy’s music due to karen o’s tremendous scream), and the album certainly shows a healthy respect for the 80’s as well - but this album is full of sneer, attitude and full-one fury. it sounds like the dark, wet streets of new york at 3am. you’re either coming from the party, or going to the next party.
less disco than the reviews would have you believe - this is a full on rock record that simple exchanged the guitar for the keyboard. or perhaps it’s disco via a unholy union of new order & blondie. karen & co are simply rockers that know how to dance and throw one helluva party.
now, you didn’t ask for a dissertation on my favorite album, so i will try to whittle this down to my love of one or two tracks (brief was never my strong suit) - but i’m so torn. do i talk about the craze of ‘heads will roll’, the somber tone-poem of ‘runaway’ or the shiny electro/funk of ‘dragon queen’? dance till you’re dead, indeed.
fuck it. i can’t choose.
this album just slams with potential and energy and life. it’s a groove on headphones, a sing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs in the car and a tear the roof of the joint live show all rolled in one. simply put, it’s blitz! is a tour de force from a band that easily could have just put out fever to tell pt 3. instead they tried something new, threw it up an the air and it surprisingly stuck.
the best album of 2009. and as the critics have said time and time over, it may just be the best alternative pop album of the decade.