Its that time of year again. When everyone and anyone who’s involved in writing tries to sum up the year with list. And this year is extra special – its the end of a decade too, so there are lists galore on any website worth its salt. So why should The Clink be any different? We’ve based it on tracks / albums that we’ve loved and had on constant rotation over the last year – simple.
Top 9 Albums of ’09
This time last year, Florence + The Machine were featured on the BBC’s Sound of 2009 list – fast forward 12 months – it’s been a triumph. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect debut album. Generously layered sounds, dance on your feet beats and spine chilling vocals. I’ve never been more excited about an album or artist, watch out for Hurricane Drunk which is to be the next single. LO.
Four London teenagers that were confident enough to self produce their debut, The XX had me won over by the first two tracks on the album – Intro and VCR. I kind of want to describe this album as beautiful – as cheesy as that sounds. Check it out for yourself and see. LO.
Phoenix’s fourth offering came along as a perfect pick-me-up during the year. With infectious singles 1901 and Lisztomania, along with the dreamy Love Like A Sunset, the band hit the spot with what they do best: perfect indie pop. LO.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been around a while, but this is the album that has had them hit the big time. The album has received a lot of praise in comparison to previous albums, and Zero is such an infectious track I find myself singing it for days. Also released from the album was the brilliant Heads Will Roll. But the band manage to find a different, more low key tone in some tracks too, without losing the quality, with Runaway and Hysteric. Worth every listen. POF.
Our Swedish addition, Miike Snow, is absolutely addictive (see my alliteration – nice). They just put you in a good mood at any time, similar to Vampire Weekend in that way (not surprisingly, they have remixed tracks from them). This being their debut album, I’m already looking forward to what they come up with next – I’m sure they’re going to get even bigger in 2010. BOC.
Its not often you fall in love with an album on the first listen – but with Sigh No More it’s damn near impossible. The debut album from the London folk rockers, Mumford & Sons, is an album I have been recommending to friends for months, and all have liked what they heard. This album has a feel good factor running all the way through it – brilliant. POF.
Bat For Lashes, a pseudonym for English-Pakistani artist Natasha Khan, was this year nominated for the Mercury Music Prize with this album, her second album. It’s also worth noting that her first album was also a Mercury Prize nominee. Two Suns is an album that doesn’t hit you full force, but creeps up on you, and you fall slowly in love with it, hopelessly. POF.
You’d be hard pushed to find a copy of this album in the shops, when I bought it there were only a few left. At a gig I recall David Kitt himself even saying he didn’t have a copy! Self recorded and produced in his Dublin gaff, this album sees the Kittser back on flying form. LO.
It’s easy to forget about Manners (and I nearly did), released back at the start of the year. But the boys from Massachusetts are not ones that should be forgotten. With a previously released EP under their belt, their debut album arrived to receive a lot of positive critical acclaim. Three singles have come from this album – The Reeling, To Kingdom Come and Little Secrets – and the band are sure to rise in popularity given their energetic live performances at Oxegen and EP last year. Be sure and check out Moth’s Wings too – a personal favourite. In short, Manners is pure electro-pop gold. POF.
Top 9 Singles of ’09
Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Phoenix – Lisztomania
If you want to check out some other music round up lists then try Hype Machine‘s Music Blog Zeitgest 2009 (top 50 artists and top 50 albums), The Irish Times’ top 10 albums of the decade, state.ie‘s top 50 albums of the decade and last.fm‘s top 40 most scrobbled albums of 2009.
And what do you think of our own choices? Spot on or off the wall?