2009 Albums

Favorite Albums | Honorable Mention: Pearl Jam – Backspacer (2009)

This may be a little hard to believe, but Pearl Jam — the most popular rock band of the ’90s — actually had a very impressive second decade, turning in four quality albums in the new...

Strict Joy

Favorite Albums | #69: The Swell Season – Strict Joy (2009)

Five years ago, a tiny Irish movie called Once took the world by storm. I noticed it when I was watching Ebert & Roeper and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune (filling in for Roger Ebert when...