Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Kerrang! The Album '09

Kerrang! The Album '09 7/10

Kerrang!’s annual album release tends to be one of the better compilation album you can find and the 2009 edition brings together some of the best songs yet.
CD1 focusing on the pop/rock side can boast the big names of Green Day and The Prodigy but every nearly every song on it is a gem. Billy Talent’s latest release, ‘Rusted from the rain’ is a particular highlight. You find yourself having a need to listen to this song after the first time you hear it. Although these Canadians now have three albums of material this could be their best song yet.

There is the odd inclusion of Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ from the 2007 album ‘Riot’. Not to take anything away from a great song but why include a song from two years ago on a 2009 album, especially when Paramore have more recent material from the Twilight film. Other than that the first CD continues to reel out great music with Alexisonfire, Madina Lake and The Blackout.

It’s nice to see Cobra Starship’s ‘Pete Wentz is the only reason we’re famous’. Despite not getting much expose in the UK Cobra have built up a great fan base and many will be happy to hear this bouncy pop number.

The second CD is much heavier in comparison with the likes of Slipknot and Dragonforce kicking it off, and what a way to start. The Ghost Of A Thousand and In Case Of Fire are two young British bands who put out great albums in the past months and their contributions really stand out.

Papa Roach and Fightstar make an appearance with two of the tunes for what’s left of the summer with ‘Lifeline’ and ‘Mercury Summer’. Brilliantly winding down the album is Sheffield’s latest big things in Rolo Tomassi and Bring Me The Horizon.

Two great CDs but, the likelihood is if you like the first disc, you won’t be too fond of the second and vice versa. This is the problem with Kerrang! The album ’09. Obviously there will be people that love both discs and people that hate both but they offer a good mix. Maybe you’ll find a new band you like that you wouldn’t have listened to, which is always good.

Damon Fowler
Comfort in Sound

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