Friday, January 3, 2020

Mark Ventrice's top 10 Albums of 2019

10. The Underrated Youth-YUNGBLOOD

This is something that I never expected to like, but “Hope For The Underrated Youth” may be one of my favorite songs of 2019, along with the unexpected combination on “Original Me” with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons showing YUNGBLOOD’s unexpected greatness.

9. Neotheater- AJR

This album took a long time to grow on me, but songs like “Don’t Throw Out My Legos”, “Next Up Forever” and “100 Bad Days” are good enough that they overpower the few songs I don’t like on the album (“Birthday Party” mainly).

8. Hey I’m Just Like You- Tegan and Sara

“I’ll Be Back Someday” is one of the biggest ear worms of 2019 and the chorus is still stuck in my head since the first time I heard it.

7. You Are OK- The Maine

The Maine might be one of my biggest guilty pleasure bands, as I would call them one of the best bands of all time, but I’m not sure that anyone else would return that sentiment.  Everything on this album is super catchy and just pure pop punk joy, please give them a chance.

6. Widows Weeds­- Silversun Pickups

This could be biased because I saw Silversun over the summer and they were great. Give this album a listen and you’ll see that I’m not wrong though about its placement on this list.

5. Social Cues- Cage The Elephant

This also might be biased because I saw them over the summer and they put on an amazing show, but songs like “Social Cues”, “Ready To Let Go” and especially the duet with Beck on “Night Running” show that Cage still knows how to write hits and write some great music.

4. Morbid Stuff- PUP

PUP is one of the best alt rock bands of this era, and they don’t get enough recognition or radio play or anything like that, but they deserve all that and more. “Morbid Stuff” shows PUP’s ability to write tight instrumentals for their songs that somehow sound like they could fall apart at any second, but they just don’t.

3. Weezer (The Black Album)- Weezer

I honestly forgot this album came out in 2019. It is one of the best albums Weezer has ever done, including “Can’t Knock The Hustle” that got some radio play and was a big hit, and “Zombie Bastards” that really should have been a hit.

2. Routine Maintenance-Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties

The conclusion to the story of Aaron West, a character created by Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years, is one of the most touching stories of the year. This is one of those albums where words can barely do it justice, and you must listen to it to understand its greatness.

1. Father of the Bride-Vampire Weekend

After 6 long years, Vampire Weekend return with the best album they have ever written, and the best album of 2019. Between the story that runs through the album on the duets with Danielle Haim, the soft melody of “Harmony Hall”, and songs like “Stranger” that could be referring to the album as a whole, as it is very different to previous Vampire Weekend music, this album is something you will want to keep on repeat through 2020 and beyond.