Another year, another list. Ladies and gentlemen, here it is:
10. Still Night, Still Light – Au Revoire Simone
A great album of dreamy pop music.
Favorite songs: “Anywhere You Looked,” “Another Likely Story”
9. It’s Blitz – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This YYYs album grabbed me like none of their others did, which is almost of the theme of this year’s top ten. I know most people love them for the uptempo, dancey stuff, but I love the atmospheric slow songs the best.
Favorite songs: “Hysteric,” “Runaway,” “Zero”
8. Middle Cyclone – Neko Case
So “This Tornado Loves You” would be enough to get this album on the list, but I’m glad there are so many other songs on here that I love.
Favorite songs: “This Tornado Loves You,” “Prison Girls,” “Vengeance is Sleeping”
7. Years of Refusal – Morrissey
It’s no surprise that Morrissey shows up on this list, because he’s just been so good lately. Middle age definitely suits him.
“It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore,” “Black Cloud,” “I’m OK by Myself”
6 . Dark Days/Light Years – Super Furry Animals
SFA returned to form this year, even though there were still a couple of clunkers on this album (and yet another awful album cover). They outdid themselves on the happy-sounding songs this time. Favorite songs: “Inaugural Trams,” “Where Do You Wanna Go,” “Lliwar Llachar,” “Helium Hearts”
5. Fantasies – Metric
For me, this is the best Metric album to date. I often have a hard time relating to their songs, but I didn’t have any trouble with this one at all. On the contrary, it didn’t leave my car’s CD player for weeks.
Favorite songs: “Satellite Mind,” “Help, I’m Alive,” “Collect Call”
4. My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura
The more albums they release, the more I like Camera Obscura. I think they’re really hitting their stride with this fantastic album, all wrapped up in happiness, sadness, melancholy… all of my favorite feelings.
Favorite songs: “James,” “My Maudlin Career,” “French Navy,” “Honey in the Sun”
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Oh man, what a fun album. Makes you want to not be thirty-two years old, that’s for sure. It easily captures the essence and self-importance of youth.
Favorite songs: “Young Adult Friction,” “A Teenager in Love,” “This Love is Fucking Right,” “Contender”
2. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix
This is probably one of the most perfect pop albums ever made. Nearly every song could be a single, and if there was any justice in this world, these songs would be blowing up the radio.
Favorite songs: “Countdown,” “Girlfriend,” “Lisztomania,” “Fences,” “Rome”
1. Hospice – The Antlers
Who would have thought a concept album about terminal illness would be my number one album this year? In fact, for half a year I thought nothing could knock Phoenix from my number one slot. But this sad, strange little album, with its cancer, hospitals, death, and utter heartbreak slipped in almost effortlessly to the top of the list. Clearly one of the most beautiful albums of the decade.
Favorite songs: “Two,” “Atrophy,” “Sylvia,” “Wake,” “Bear,” “Shiva”
On the cusp:
Get Guilty – AC Newman
God Help the Girl – God Help the Girl
Further Complications – Jarvis Cocker
1. “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga (this also wins best video, hands down)
2. “You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift
3. “Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
Plus these great songs:
“Wrong” – Depeche Mode (and probably the #2 video, too!)
“Fire Burning” – Sean Kingston
“Down” – Jay Sean
“Knock You Down” – Keri Hilson
“Already Gone” – Kelly Clarkson
Bands I love or have loved in the past putting out good albums again. For example:
– U2 No Line on the Horizon (sucks way less than their previous two efforts)
– Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years
– Depeche Mode sounds of the universe
And there you have it. What was your top music of 2009? Leave it in the comments. If you give me a link to your list, I’ll add it to this post. Thanks for playing!