December 31, 2009

Top 20 Albums Heard in 2009

Posted in music at 6:00 pm by berzerkeleyan

Just like 2006 and 2008, I compiled a list of albums that got the heaviest rotation this past year.  And just like those lists, the year in which the album was released was irrelevant.  Since I’ve already written about most of them at some point this year, I won’t bother providing too many explanations.

Here they are.

20. Patrick Watson “Wooden Arms” (2008)genre: Canadian Chamber Rock. The background textures on each song make repeat listenings enjoyable.
19. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (2008)genre: Americana.
18. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “It’s Blitz!” (2009)genre: Techno Punk. Their normally aggressive sound was softened a bit on this album. But that didn’t take anything away from this release.
17. Kasabian “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum” (2009)genre: Britpop.
16. Andrew Bird “Noble Beast” (2009)genre: Freak Folk.
15. White Lies “To Lose My Life…” (2009)genre: Neo Post Punk.
14. Kings Of Leon “Because Of The Times” (2007)genre: Southern Rock-n-Soul. I admit it, I didn’t like these guys when their first album was released in 2003. It was only after they released “Only By The Night” that I was sucked in. I’ve been playing catch up all year.
13. The Stills “Oceans Will Rise” (2008)genre: Neo Post Punk. This album made its way on the list due to a heavy campaign in the final weeks of December. It’s unclear how much staying power it has.
12. Friendly Fires “Friendly Fires” (2008)genre: Geeky Funk. The dweebiest Duran Duran wannabees you will ever see. But boy is their take on dance funk infectious and fun. They were one of the more memorable acts I saw live this year.
11. Doves “Kingdom Of Rust” (2009)genre: British Prog Rock.
10. Department Of Eagles “In Ear Park” (2008)genre: Freak Folk.
9. The Veils “Sun Gangs” (2009)genre: Emoschlock.
8. The Bird And The Bee “the bird and the bee” (2007)genre: Bliss Pop. I fell hard for this group this year. Sweet and twee, I could always rely on this band to brighten my mood.
7. Snow Patrol “A Hundred Million Suns” (2008)genre: Emoschlock.
6. Hard-Fi “Stars Of CCTV” (2005)genre: Britpop. Last year’s list had Hard-Fi’s second album on it. This year I played catch up and listened to this one repeatedly. A very anthemic, very catchy collection of songs.
5. Ash “1977” (1996)genre: Britpop. As big of an Ash fan as I am I didn’t get this, their debut album, until this past year. Big mistake.
4. Portishead “Third” (2008)genre: Electronic Paranoia.
3. Kings Of Leon “Only By The Night” (2008)genre: Southern Rock-n-Soul.
2. Ra Ra Riot “The Rhumb Line” (2008)genre: Indie Chamber Pop.
1. The Bird And The Bee “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future” (2009)genre: Bliss Pop. The runaway winner by a very large margin. This album was absolutely devoured this summer like a jackal devours a piece of meat.