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I’ve waited until the last minute to write this and really thought about it a lot… I’ve tried to ignore how bands sounded live and just judge the records on their own merit. Also records had to have been released in the UK this year. So here we are:
- The main point is that the Foals, Arcade Fire and Sleigh Bells albums were all pretty much 5* and I keep switching which should come first… so take your pick. Around half of my favourite songs of the year are on just these three.
- Tier two albums were pretty solid all the way through- the new Black Keys, Surfer Blood and Girl Talk albums in particular were excellent and I could listen to them again and again. Those three in particular blew me away.
- Tier three albums had great moments (if not consistency) and were definitely worth a listen. The Morning Benders, Avi Buffalo and Two Door Cinema Club records were such great additions and I want to hear more.
I know a lot is missing from this- Kanye, LCD Soundsystem, Grinderman (sorry mate) and even Ryan Adams- but I think this year was defined by quantity. There were ALOT of 3* and 4* albums so it was pretty easy to fill a top 25. Despite this quantity my top 7, and in particular the top 3, stand apart.
So now I get to look out for all those I missed… got any suggestions?
It’s impossible to get the order exactly right and it is subjective as hell but before I change my mind again my top 20 albums of 2009 are:
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
It’s Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Monsters of Folk by Monsters of Folk
Embryonic by the Flaming Lips
Keep It Hid by Dan Auerbach
xx by The xx
We’re All In This Together by Gabby Young and Other Animals
Middle Cyclone by Neko Case
Hold Time by M. Ward
Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons
The Century of Self by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
Horehound by the Dead Weather
Farm by Dinosaur Jr
Primary Colours by the Horrors
You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil by Hatcham Social
Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
Townes by Steve Earle
Wilco (the Album) by Wilco
I made a 15.6 hour giant Spotify playlist of the 19 available albums and you can check that out at THE BOY’s Top 20 of 2009!
It’s a much folkier list than most but that’s just how 2009 has been for me. Get in touch if there’s anything really amazing missing. Have a great 2010! x