The Script - The Script
Reason You Missed It: Because they're Irish! No really, I don't know. Their video for "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" got decent rotation on VH1 and MTV, but the song never seemed to catch at radio. American Idol winner Kris Allen even covered one of their songs "Live Like We're Dying" as his lead single.
Reason You SHOULDN'T Miss It: Perhaps you can consider them Ireland's answer to Maroon 5, with a dash of The Fray and some reggae flourishes for decoration... you like Maroon 5, don't you? I thought you did. ;)
Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts
Reason You Missed It: Their music is a little hard to categorize. HOWEVER, the infectious tune "Don't Upset The Rhythm" has been featured in several commercials and TV shows, so "cha-ching" for them!
Reason You SHOULDN'T Miss It: This well-blended mix of soulful vocals, masterful lyrics (with some literary allusions for good measure), and excellent musicianship is probably one of the most unique and satisfying musical experiences you'll have all year.
Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
Reason You Missed It: The sound is too dated for today's Top 40 radio. That's not a bad thing... keep reading...
Reason You SHOULDN'T Miss It: From the barbershop quartet harmonies to the falsetto lead vocals to the catchy hooks, this album is a complete retro-throwback to the Motown era that works on every level. It sounds like a collection of your favorite songs you've never heard. You'll be singing along on first listen and wondering how.
Mandy Moore - Amanda Leigh
Reason You Missed It: Mandy hasn't really been a big pop draw since her "Candy" days, and now she's signed to a small indie label.
Reason You SHOULDN'T Miss It: Her time in the lowlights of the entertainment industry has allowed Mandy time to hone her music craft, and it seems she's found a fitting home in the singer/songwriter pop of the 1960s/70s.
LeToya- Lady Love
Reason You Missed It: Matthew Knowles... I mean, ahem, music industry "politics" kept LeToya from getting larger promotional exposure. Still, a number one debut on the Billboard R&B chart isn't bad at all.
Reason You SHOULDN'T Miss It: This girl is a fighter, otherwise you'd only know her as "one of those girls that left Destiny's Child." That fight led to her debut album, and here on her sophomore effort, LeToya raises the bar from "H-town Chick" to rising R&B/pop diva. Is the album perfect? No. Is it quality? YES. It's most likely the best mainstream R&B album you'll have heard in '09.
WHAT ALBUMS DO YOU THINK PEOPLE SLEPT ON IN '09??