Albums of 2009, Deanna Edition

Pardon my tardiness- I’ve been working hard, partying too hard and agonizing over what to include in my top ten of 2009. Now with that disclaimer- I present to you, in no particular order, the year what was in albums.

animal collective merriweather post pavillion album cover

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

Their most commercial effort yet- but still brilliant in their own unique way. Uplifting, strange pop music that looks forward while harking back.

Favorite Song: My Girls

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Lush pop music built carefully, beautiful vocal harmonies,  obtuse lyrics and videos of exploding heads. Finest follow-up album of the year.

Favorite Song: While You Wait For The Others

The XX - XX

The XX – Self Titled

My favorite debut of the year- ridiculously hyped London youngsters release a brilliant, sparse, sensuous record. I swear I can hear the space between the notes…

Favorite Song: Basic Space

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan – Sometimes I WIsh We Were An Eagle

I’ve been a fan of Mr Callahan since his days as Smog- and he’s still releasing darkly wonderful folk records meditating on nature and death in his trademark baritone. A return to form after the slight misstep of Woke On A Whaleheart.

Favorite Song: Too Many Birds

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

The sound of Miss Khan disappearing into her own fantasy world. Haunting vocals, tribal percussion, an ethereal feel and Scott Walker. She’s my favorite hippy.

Favorite Song: Siren Song

girls album cover

Girls – Album

Pedro said it all. Great rock ‘n’ roll.

Favorite Song: Lust For Life

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

I’ve written about them here before- great, difficult songs that defy the listeners wants and expectations.

Favorite Song: Stillness Is The Move

The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers – Hospice

Claustrophobic, intense, emotionally demanding and depressing- but amazing nonetheless. A concept album based around a loved on dying of cancer. Simple, but devastating.

Favorite Song: Epilogue

Antony and The Johnsons – The Crying Light

Operatic, dramatic, soulful. Just gorgeous. Hegarty’s voice tugs my heart-strings like no other.

Favorite Song: Aeon

Woods – Songs Of Shame

From my favorite label this year (Woodsist!) comes this little gem. Distorted vocal harmonies and everything else- a grower as well as one of the stranger permutations of the lo-fi resurgence that has been gathering in 2009.

Favorite Song: The Number

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