Friday, January 1, 2010

Five Albums to Look Forward to in 2010

1. Vampire Weekend, Contra, 1/12/10 - Their sophomore effort, Contra is a follow-up to the band's widely successful self-titled debut. As a general rule, the cliche is that a band flops on its second record, especially when its first contains catchy tunes like "A-Punk" an d "Oxford Comma". The first single, "Cousins", is not too far of a depature from their first record.

2. Linkin Park, Title and release date TBA- Linkin Park has teased their upcoming album as being everything from the biggest record they've ever done, to something that, according to Mike Shinoda, sounds "brand new". That's pretty vague. Looking forward to it anyway. These guys are finally starting to evolve as a band

3. Stone Temple Pilots, Title and release date TBA- Stone Temple Pilots have reunited, and will be releasing their first new album in ten years. Will lead singer Scott Weiland be able to stay clean and sober long enough for his fellow bandmates to be able to tolerate him for an entire tour?

4. Butch Walker, I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, 2/23/10 Butch Walker is an incredible pop producer that has worked with everyone from Weezer to Pink. When he releases his own albums, they are hit or miss. 2006's The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go-Out-Tonites is a solid record of glorious pop excess that tells a clear story from beginning to end. Butch's self-depricating humor comes across like a breath of fresh air. Hopefully this album will be the same.

5. Blink-182, Title and release date TBA. Blink-182's jokey and juvenile pop-punk took a darker and more serious turn on their 2003 self-titled album, the last one released before the band broke up in 2005. Reunited after drummer Travis Barker's brush with death in a plane crash, the band seems excited to be working together again. Will the new songs be fun and silly, or more mature?

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