Narrowing down a whole musical year to only ten albums is crazy hard (that’s what she said) but I tried. I feel like a leper being the only guy in America not putting Animal Collective on my list but I just didn’t feel them like everyone else. Here are ten that I am proud to stand up for though.
I hear their lyrics are deep and meaningful and stuff but I just know their songs sound great. You can hear the passion in Davey’s wail. Best played loud.
Acoustic rock in the folk tradition with stunning family harmony to boot. Magnificently produced by the great Rick Rubin too!
A band that combines two of my favorite things: Asians and psychedelic music. Captivating.
If you weren’t around for My Bloody Valentine in the 80s then here’s a fuzzier, poppier version of what you missed. Recommended if you like Silversun Pickups.
This EP from the perpetually underrated band was “just” a grab bag of b-sides and songs that didn’t make the last two albums. Wow, have they got talent to burn then because this is 33 satisfying minutes.
Beautiful, atmospheric, haunting, emotional, fragile…if that’s your style, this is for you. Trust me.
Pick any three songs off of here and they would be the best three songs on any other’s rapper’s album this year. Still the best in the game.
A sophisticated, adventurous, showstopper of a record. The only thing more astonishing about how far they’ve come in the last ten years is thinking about where they might go next.
The record I listened to easily more than any other in 2009. It’s a compilation album with proceeds benefiting the fight against AIDS. That’s just the dessert; the meat is 20 (!) songs from some of the best artists out there, like Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Conor Oberst, Bon Iver, and Dirty Projectors. Please enjoy.
Happy New Year. Can’t wait to see what 2010 brings.