Saturday, December 26, 2009

Top Ten Albums of 2009

Listed from 10 to Album of the Year.

10. Princeton - Cocoon of Love



Princeton produced an excellent album this year called "Cocoon of Love." With two combined sounds of Vampire Weekend and The Kinks, you are bound to get something amazing. It landed the 10th best album of the year, and they deserve it.

Key Tracks: Sadie and Andy, Calypso Gold, Shout it Out

9. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms



Neon Indian's album "Psychic Chasms is an amazing new take on lo-fi electronic music. It is an extremely addicting album that will have you wondering why you are dancing so strangely in your car.

Key Tracks: Deadbeat Summer, Laughing Gas, Should Have Done Acid With You

8. Crocodiles - Summer of Hate



Crocodiles are one of my favorite lo-fi bands. Their music is so haunted and strange, yet so perfect. After listening to this album, you'll want to wear a tight leather coat and go destroy something.

Key Tracks: I Wanna Kill, Soft Skull (In My Room), Young Drugs

7. Miike Snow - Miike Snow



I was extremely excited when I first heard this album. I didn't really know what to expect. What I got was winter electronic perfection. Miike Snow provides that calm yet stinging electronic glory that I have been craving.

Key Tracks: Cult Logic, Animal, Burial

6. The xx - xx



I had mixed feelings about The xx when I first heard this album. But after many listens, I understood their true musical power. The xx are such a beautiful electronic band. Their voices are so amazing, and the strange bass and guitar riffs add a delightful effect.

Key Tracks: Islands, Heart Skipped A Beat, Intro

5. Fool's Gold - Fool's Gold



Fool's Gold is one of the most talented bands of 2009. With their 8+ live members, 4 of which being guitarists, you are bound to hear something incredible. Their combination of world music and rock riffs make for an excellent album.

Key Tracks: Surprise Hotel, Poseidon, The World Is All There Is

4. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love



This is a rock opera. A beautiful album consisting of some of The Decemberists darkest work. With songs about killing children and leaving wives, it may not be a happy album, but it is an incredible one.

Key Tracks: Won't Want For Love, The Rake Song, A Bower Scene

3. Sufjan Stevens - The BQE



With his first composed piece, Sufjan Stevens brings his own style to the genre of classical music. With extraordinary flutes and strings, with his own band playing too, it provides for an interesting and amazing experience. I hope more comes from classical Sufjan.

Key Tracks: There are no key tracks, for the album should really be listened to as a whole.

2. The Dead Weather - Horehound



Jack White did it again with The Dead Weather. This being his third project, I had to wonder whether or not Jack could start another awesome band. The answer is yes, and this album backs me up completely. This deserves to be on everyone's best of the year.

Key Tracks: I Cut Like A Buffalo, 3 Birds, Will There Be Enough Water?

Album of the Year: Bat For Lashes - Two Suns



Bat For Lashes deserves Album of the Year by a long shot. It is a perfect album. Two Suns can easily change your emotion from happy to sad to anything. Each song is perfect in some way. The choice of instrument and words make the album so amazing and real. Two Suns will be an album to listen to for many years to come. It will be hard to top this one for a 3rd album.

Key Tracks: Siren Song, Sleep Alone, Daniel

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