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    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Albums of 2009...six months in

    Joining the ranks of music nerds not content to wait a decent 12 months before they start hastily compiling best of the year lists, using the feeble excuse that we're em, just over the half way through the year mark and it's time to 'take stock'. And joining the general blog consensus that Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective have produced extraordinary albums, here's another list.

    I'll be rummaging around On the Record and Nialler 9's to unearth a few more gems, some other interesting half year round ups here from music for ants and pop tarts suck toasted.

    Besides what's in the list, two EPs that have to get the nod, Bon Iver's Blood Bank and Deerhunter's Rainwater Cassette Exchange. And the Dark Was the Night compilation for its jawdropping combo of America's finest talent.

    1. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

    2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion
    3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
    4. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    5. Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream
    6. Anthony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light
    7. Doves, Kingdom of Rust
    8. Passion Pitt, Manners
    9. Julie Feeney, Pages
    10. Patrick Watson, Wooden Arms
    11. Dangermouse and Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul
    12. Bat for Lashes, Two Suns
    13. Wilco, Wilco the Album
    14. Alela Diane, To Be Still
    15. David Kitt, the Nightsaver
    16. Florence and the Machine, Lungs
    17. Friendly Fires, Friendly Fires
    18. Royskopp, Junior
    19. K'naan, Troubador
    20. Regina Spektor, Far


    benclowney said...

    Great list!
    Would agree with almost all. One definite omission IMO is Andrew Bird - Noble Beast. Maybe my album of the year. I'd also give Beirut and Patrick Wolf a mention

    Alan Whelan said...

    thanks Ben, listening to Andrew Bird's My Space page now, think i'm sold already - the man likes a whistle, reminds me of Final Fantasy and a little bit of Sufjan Stevens - Anonanimal is fantastic!