After a couple days off due to crazy work schedules, we pick the countdown back up at #15 with 'The Black Market' by Rise Against. I've been a big fan of Rise Against since 'The Sufferer and the Witness' was released, and it's hard to believe this is four albums down the road. Always known for their hard rock and punk sound, they've grown and matured with every album and it really shows on 'The Black Market'.
'The Great Die-Off' is a great opening song with fast paced guitar shredding and drum support, and it's followed by perhaps the catchiest song on the album 'I Don't Wanna Be Here Anymore'; a fantastic anthem that speaks to the horrors that plague most walks of life. 'People Live Here' is the always wonderful foray into the acoustic side of Rise Against, and really hits home emotionally. My personal favorite song 'Tragedy + Time' is a wonderful look at how loss can change and shape you into the person you're meant to be, and how even when things look bleak, you "hold on to laugh again someday".
Tracklist (favorites are still in orange):
The Great Die-Off - 3:40
I Don't Wanna Be Here Anymore - 4:00
Tragedy + Time - 4:17
The Black Market - 4:16
The Eco-Terrorist in Me - 2:45
Sudden Life - 4:08
A Beautiful Indifference - 3:25
Methadone - 3:49
Zero Visibility - 4:38
Awake Too Long - 3:12
People Live Here - 4:09
Bridges - 4:07