Top Albums of 2000-2009

•January 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment



“Stankonia” (2000)

Favorite Tracks: “B.O.B.” “So Fresh, So Clean”



“Morning View” (2001)

Favorite Tracks: “Circles” “Blood On The Ground”



“The Blueprint” (2001)

Favorite Tracks: “Girls, Girls, Girls” “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”


Damien Rice

“O” (2002)

Favorite Tracks: “Volcano” “Cannonball”



“Failure On” (2003)

Favorite Tracks: “Failure On My Lips” “Death To Traitors”


The Shins

“Chutes Too Narrow” (2003)

Favorite Tracks: “So Says I” “Turn A Square”


Death Cab For Cutie

“Transatlanticism” (2003)

Favorite Tracks: “Expo ’86” “Transatlanticism”



“Absolution” (2004)

Favorite Tracks: “Stockholm Syndrome” “Hysteria”


Miranda Lambert

“Kerosene” (2005)

Favorite Tracks: “Kerosene” “New Strings”



“All The Stars and Boulevards” (2005)

Favorite Tracks: “Hotel Roosevelt” “Sunday Best”


Snow Patrol

“Eyes Open” (2006)

Favorite Tracks: “Chasing Cars” “Open Your Eyes”


Josh Ritter

“Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” (2007)

Favorite Tracks: “The Temptation of Adam” “Right Moves”


Ryan Adams

“Follow The Lights” (2007)

Favorite Tracks: “Follow The Lights” “This Is It”



“In Rainbows” (2008)

Favorite Tracks: “All I Need” “House Of Cards”



“Beggars” (2009)

Favorite Tracks: “Circles” “In Exile”


Top Albums of 2009

•December 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment


A Day to Remember


Favorite Tracks: “My Life for Hire” “NJ Legion Iced Tea”




Favorite Tracks: “Faster Ride” “27 Steps”


Miranda Lambert


Favorite Tracks: “Me and Your Cigarettes” “Airstream Song”


Black Eyed Peas

“The E.N.D.”

Favorite Tracks: “Meet Me Halfway” “Boom Boom Pow”


Say Anything

“Say Anything”

Favorite Tracks: “Do Better” “Crush’d”



“It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright”

Favorite Tracks: “Every Thought A Thought of You”  “Goodbye, I!”


Andrew Bird

“Noble Beast”

Favorite Tracks: “Masterswarm”  “Anonanimal”


Jay – Z

“The Blueprint 3”

Favorite Tracks: “Hate”  “Run This Town”


The Fray

“The Fray”

Favorite Tracks: “Say When”  “Where The Story Ends”


Matt and Kim


Favorite Tracks: “Daylight”  “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare”



“Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”

Favorite Tracks: “1901”  “Fences”



“Brand New Eyes”

Favorite Tracks: “Brick By Boring Brick”  “Turn It Off”


Keith Urban

“Defying Gravity”

Favorite Tracks: “Til Summer Comes Around”  “Hit The Ground Runnin”



“Aim and Ignite”

Favorite Tracks: “Benson Hedges”  “I Wanna Be The One”




Favorite Tracks: “Circles”  “In Exile”

Top Albums of 2008

•December 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Originally Posted January 3rd, 2009 via

“Top Albums of 2008”

15. The Killers ” Day And Age”

– A huge part of me would have liked to place this album a lot higher on the list, but I just know this band is capable of much more. Many music critics bashed this album claiming that the Killers had no idea what sound they wanted and the album was unorganized, I really enjoy that the band goes to different extremes, it truly makes them who they are… just wish they had more consistency.

– Favorite Tracks: “A Dustland Fairytale” “Spaceman”

14. She & Him “Volume One”

– I became fascinated this year with Zoey Deschanel, much of that fascination came from this album. Great sound provided by M. Ward with Zoey’s old school voice gives a sound that is very classic and enjoyable to listen to. No one could have ever guessed that a small song in the movie “Elf” would lead to one of the better albums I have heard in a long time. Great album for anyone who thinks everything was better before the 70’s.

– Favortie Tracks: “This is Not a Test” ” I Was Made for You”

13. Lil’ Wayne “The Carter III”

– I was originally very hesitant about listening to this album because everyone was acting like it was the second coming of Christ…. But I eventually did, and it is fantastic. I loved Lil Wayne back in the day with his album “The Block is Hot” and always thought he had a lot of talent. In this new CD he blows my mind, so much hip hop nowadays is mindless dribble that doesn’t make sense. Lil Wayne is very intelligent and poetic with his words and many times made me laugh a little out of disbelief of what I was hearing.

– Favortie Tracks: “Mr. Carter” ” You Aint Got Nuthin”

12. My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges”

– This is such a great album from a band that should really be more popular than they have been. My Morning Jacket has always had an amazing sound combining different instruments with many different vocal sounds. This shows on this album when in different songs they change their tone completely, see the amazing track “Highly Suspicious” for reference to that. Definitely purchase this album and support this band.

– Favortie Tracks: “Touch Me I am Going to Scream, pt 1″ ” I’m Amazed”

11. Haste The Day “Dreamer”

– OMG OMG. This freaking album. I never thought that the band would be able to follow up “Pressure the Hinges”… did they ever. Too many great things about this CD to list. Catchy choruses, amazing guitar riffs, very poignant lyrics, and great vocals. I was glad to see this album up front in many stores like best buy and wal mart. Its always great to hear a great album from the Christian Alternative genre, specially when the secular alternative music this year was disappointing (Gun’s N Roses…..ugh..god awful).

– Favortie Tracks: “Haunting” ” An Adult Tree”

10. Lady Antebellum “Lady Antebellum”

– This simply fantastic country music trio came onto the scene with an amazing debut album. I never got tired of this album and I listened to it consistently thought the year. The male/female vocal duets on the songs by Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott are fantastic. It is great to see a resurgence in the popularity of country music lately with acts like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, and Lady Antebellum is helping out greatly as well….I really hope to see several more good albums from this band.

– Favortie Tracks: “I Run to You” ” Slowdown Sister”

9. Underoath “Lost in the Sound of Seperation”

– 4 years ago I would have never imagined an album like this could come out of the band on “Their Only Chasing Safety.” Every album Underoath has changed slightly into what I believe now is their true an honest form, and it works wonderfully. Every track on this album hits you hard, but is orchestrated in a way that seems natural. Every song also has brutally truthful lyrics such as “This is really my plan, To get out in one piece, Is this really your plan, To keep me lost and on my knees.” If you have never seen this band perform live, do that in 2009, one of my top 5 live bands…..insane.

– Favortie Tracks: “A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine” ” Coming Down is Calming Down”

8. Copeland “You Are My Sunshine”

– I truly believe that Aaron Marsh is part angel. His vocals on this album are fantastic. Every song is filled with intense melodic instrumentals to back up the great vocals. This year I used this album to get through days when life was a mess, any problem I had could be solved by lying on the couch and listening to “Good Morning Fire Eater.” It’s that good… it takes you out of yourself and into another place of mind.

– Favortie Tracks: “Chin Up” “Should You Return”

7. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals “Cardinology”

– Ryan Adams cannot fail in my book, I hope that he releases an album every year if they stay this consistent. The mixture of Adam’s folk sounding voice and the great music of The Cardinals is a perfect combination. Their sound reminds me of older folk/country music that I used to hear my dad play when I was younger. Ryan Adams continues to be one of my favorite acts this year and is also one everyone should go see, I saw him perform earlier in 08′ with the Cardinals and it was splendid.

– Favortie Tracks: “Fix it” “Evergreen”

6. Death Cab For Cutie “Narrow Stairs”

– No one writes and performs music like Death Cab, and it shows one again on this album. I would have liked this album to be on top of the list, but I always felt like it could have been that much better. There were fantastic songs such as “Grapevine Fires” and “Twin Sized Bed” that contained lyrics of vivid imagery that only Ben Gibbard could think up. Some of the simplicity the band used to have on albums like Photoalbum has been lost, which is what this album missed, only on songs like “Talking Bird” did I feel like I was listening to older DCFC. Still a fantastic band and another legendary album to their credit.

– Favortie Tracks: “Cath…” “The Ice is Getting Thinner”

5. Conor Oberst “Conor Oberst”

-For the first time since the late 90’s, Conor Oberst released an album without the band Bright Eyes, which he is known for and has blessed my life with. This self titled album is similar in some ways to “Cassadaga” from Bright Eyes, but definitely is a change, and one I really enjoyed. Albums like this and Josh Ritter’s “Historical Conquest’s…” truly make me believe in the great American singer/songwriter again. With a fantastic folk sound with help from the Mystic Valley Band, Conor Oberst sheds some light on his personal experiences and a sound that he seems really comfortable with. I truly love Bright Eyes, but a solo album was long overdue and I crave more.

– Favortie Tracks: “Sausalito” “Moab”

4. Jack’s Mannequin “The Glass Passenger”

-I was always a huge fan of Andrew McMahon’s voice and loved Something Corporate. I enjoyed Jack’s Mannequin’s first album, but always thought that they could have done much better. This time they released an album that is nearly dead on. Every song on this CD contains simple catchy piano rock with a unique sound that can only come from the mouth of Mr. McMahon. Glass Passenger once again proves that all good things come out of Orange County and I hope they continue on the path they are on with this record.

– Favortie Tracks: “Hammers and String( A Lullaby)” “Caves”

3. Snow Patrol “A Hundred Million Suns”

-It is hard to really explain my affection for this album. Upon first listen I didn’t really like it and tossed it to the side. Later in the year I decided to give it another chance and the record changed completely for me. Its like something clicked and every song spoke to me directly and I became infatuated with it. I now think it almost better than “Eyes Open”…which I thought was perfect. The lyrics on this album are incredible; no one puts poetry to song like Snow Patrol. There is so much energy and emotion to each track that portrays exactly what is meant to be heard and felt in the songs. This is another album that takes you into another place and paints a vivid image with the lyrics. Go get this album immediately please…

– Favortie Tracks: “Lifeboats” “If There is A Rocket Tie Me To It”

2. Joshua Radin “Simple Times”

-This album is a great example of how such simple songs can be so good. There is nothing extraordinary about the instruments, nor the lyrics that Joshua Radin sings. Its just perfectly orchestrated songs that are infectiously good. Joshua Radin has a superb voice and knows exactly how to use it. I was very surprised to hear this record for the first time and kept waiting for the next track on it to be bad and there were none to be found. It’s a shame that the media does not support music like this because it needs to be heard, this is how music should sound.

– Favortie Tracks: “I’d Rather Be With You” “Free of Me”

1. Augustana “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt”

-I am often surprised by how much the band took over my life this year and how good they truly are. Most people only know this band for the ever popular song “Boston” featured on about every television drama in 2007. On this new album Augustana created for me a perfect image of what a modern American roots rock band should look like. The majority of my fondness of Augustana comes from seeing them live this year, one of my top 2 concerts of my life. With inspiration from folk music and classic rock, Augustana hits a chord with my musical tastes that few, if any, bands even come close to. I feel this band easily deserves the top spot of 2008 and anyone that doubts that should go see them live. Preferably when Dan Layus is sober…..

– Favortie Tracks: “Sweet and Low” “Meet You There”

Top Albums of 2007

•December 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Originally Posted Dec 31st 2007 via blog.myspace/daglovester


Lifehouse ” Who We Are”

– Lifehouse, great band, but upon venturing into this album I really had no expectations. The album opens with “Disarray” and shows you this album is a different one for Lifehouse and also reminds you of how great Jason Wade’s raspy voice truly is. What follows are truly great songs such as “Broken” which is a simplistic song that gets it just right. “Easier to Be” is a song that shows just why this CD is so good, just basic melodies and lyrics that you can’t help but enjoy listening to; if any further proof is needed see the songs “Make Me Over” and “Mesmerized.”


Timbaland “Shock Value”

– No matter how many times I play this album I can’t help but tapping my feet and turning the volume up a little louder. This is Hip-Hop; it’s so hard anymore to find feel-good rap albums that are truly classics. The combination of artists on this CD is spectacular, Justin Timberlake with Nelly Furtado are spectacular in “Give It To Me.” The song “Bounce” featuring Dr. Dre and Missy Elliot is simply amazing. “The Way I Are” is an incredible song that never loses its flavor even after the radio attempted to bastardize it. “Kill Yourself” is sadistically wonderful and probably one of my favorites. The OneRepublic song “Apologize” had a huge jumpstart on this album. The songs with the Hives and She Wants Revenge are very unique and really fun to listen to. I can’t help but loving the song with Fall Out Boy specially with a classy chorus like “wipe that smile off your f*cking face…”


Jimmy Eat World “Chase This Light”

– I don’t even know where to start on this album…its fantastic. Its simply pure, enjoyable music that I am excited to hear every time I put the album on. I have always like J.E.W. and played “Bleed America” in high school till everyone around me wanted to kill me. Every song on this album is fantastic. The album as a whole has a great combination of a light punk sound with a pop-like influence. Songs like “Always Be” , “Feeling Lucky”, and “Here it Goes” are music just the way I like it. I was instantly drawn to the song ” Gotta be Somebody’s Blues”, its simply amazing and a good shift in tempo for the album. This album defiantly showed how mainstream rock can be done right and other artists should pay close attention.


Miranda Lambert “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

-If I were to ever question my reasoning for listening to country music (which I won’t ever)…this is the kind of album that would remind me why I do. I was not sure if she could follow up her last album “Kerosene”, which I will vouch as one of the best modern country albums, but this album passed with flying colors. This girl is epic country at its true best; catchy songs with a little sass and soul. Miranda’s voice is such a joy listen to and she really uses it to portray a certain feeling to each of her songs. Songs on this album like “Famous in a Small Town” are why I will forever enjoy the country genre, simply incredible. “Gunpowder and Lead” is hilarious and is classic country. My Favorite track is probably “Desperation”, which is lyrically and musically as good as it gets. This is the only country album on my list and really deserves it, fantastic.


The Fratellis “Costello Music”

-Its not often you will here music like this anymore sadly…very refreshing album. The Fratellis garage-band and indie styling is really enjoyable to listen to. From the bands very popular “Flathead”, featured on an Apple commercial, to some very different songs like “Ol Black n’ Blue Eyes”….the Fratellis debut album is outstanding. I feel that this band could be very big and really deserves more public attention. Songs like “Whistle for The Choir” and “Creepin up the Backstairs” are some of the better songs I have heard in awhile. Great Album, great band, very interested to hear more in next few years.


Radiohead “In Rainbows”

-I originally had this album a lot higher on this list…but it was brought down to my dismay. This album may sit at number five….but it’s truly one of the better albums in years. Every song takes you on a different trip through musical and lyrical perfection that only Radiohead can bring. The album progresses from seemingly upbeat songs like “Bodysnatchers”, arguably one of my more favorites on the album, to truly wonderfully harmonious songs like “All I need” and “House of Cards”; the latter two probably being some of my favorite songs in the last several years. Album may be a little different for some of the diehard Radiohead fans, but I think its truly amazing……listen to “Jigsaw Falling into Place” kids…trust me.


Paramore “Riot!”

-I bet that not many of you were expecting this one; I sure wasn’t. So why is this album number 4….um…. its pop/punk rock done so well that I was found speechless after listening to it. Not many bands that attempts an album like this have such a perfect blend of musical composition, every guitar solo…every change in the drums…every lyrical progression is dead on…I am not joking… its perfect. Add to that lyrics that simply are drilled into your head and a voice like Hayley Williams, who I thought had a simple voice until a song like ” When it Rains” or ” We are Broken” came on, and you get something that is simply great. If you can’t tell already, I really took a liking to this album…I simply can’t stop playing it. With so many women leading rock bands recently, it’s so refreshing to see one that really does it right. Congratulations Paramore and congratulations world for popular music that is actually good.


Maylene and the Sons of Disaster “II”

– If there is some sort of metal or rock god out there…the messiah has come to save us. This album has so much power, so much aggression, so much ….well just plain “in-your-face” rock. I imagine that if guitars could sleep, they would dream of being played like they were on this album. Right from the start with “Memories of the Grove”, Maylene hits you hard and doesn’t stop until the last track is over. This album makes you want to bang your head, drive faster, and find someone to punch……its fantastically refreshing. I am not the dearest fan of harder rock and usually only take it in small doses, not with this one. This is southern rock at its finest….even on softer songs like the last two on the album, this band’s talent shines. Buy this album….buy it … put it in and turn the volume to 11.


Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger”

-Welcome everyone to good music down to a science. Upon first getting into Ryan Adams, I felt as if I was turning into my father…Ryan Adams has a similar sound to country influenced music of the 70’s with a very unique twist added in occasionally. I now find myself consumed by this album; it literally has changed my view on all music. This album is filled with pure songs like “Goodnight Rose”, “Everybody Knows”, The Sun Also Sets” , and so many others that are such enjoyably melodies to listen to. Ryan Adams’ voice combined with old fashioned lyrics make this album a true classic and one that I can’t wait to hear every time I play it. Everyone that respects real music should have this album and also the “Follow the Lights” album with the Cardinals.


Josh Ritter “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter”

I am going to quickly take a moment and pause so that you may go purchase and listen to this album…literally…do it now………ok….. u got it?…..goood….. I am not sure really how to describe this album….so I’ll give an example…it’s kind of like if our world was to be adducted by aliens who wanted some proof that the human existence was worth sparing…you would give them this CD; and we would be saved. It’s truly a stunningly beautiful collection of songs that have certain hints of Elton John at times mixed with a little country, some blues, and even a little Keith Green occasionally. You don’t hear songs of this type much in the last several decades. This album at first found its way in the middle of the list, but after listening to it more and more, I realized that she was the one. So there it is, my top album of the year….many will disagree…but then again…..most people are wrong so….