there was so much good music this past year, it was much harder than i expected to choose only fifteen. in order to make the necessary cuts, i based my decisions on replay value and the entirety of the album. for example, the most recent stellastarr* album, “civilized” was an excellent album and i could listen to the track “freak out” all the time, but it wasn’t anywhere close to their debut album (self titled) that has been in my car stereo since 2003.
i wouldn’t be surprised if more than one of these albums makes it on your list, but please remember, these are my favorite albums and i don’t expect our tastes to be exactly the same. email me and let me know what your favorite albums of ’09 were and if i forgot any that you think should be this list.
so without further ado…
15) Wale – Attention Deficit
mp3: wale – diary
14) We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
13) White Lies – To Lose my Life
mp3: white lies – death
12) Telekinesis – Telekinesis!
11) The xx – xx
10) Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
09) Passion Pit – Manners
08) Matt & Kim – Grand
07) The Temper Trap – Conditions
06) Royksopp – Junior
05) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
04) Islands – Vapours
03) Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are
02) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
01) Mew – No More Stories are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories
mp3: mew – new terrain
(On the cusp: Dinosaur Jr. – Farm, Mos Def – Ecstatic, The Antlers – Hospice, Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest, Stellastarr* – Civilized, Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young, Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca)
Check out some other good “Albums of ’09” lists: