30 to 26: Top Albums of 2009
Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on January 5, 2010
New Years has been and gone, so it’s now time to reflect on the year that was. Starting with my top 30 albums of 2009.
For the next week or so I’ll be revealing my top 30 albums, five at a time.
30. Alec Ounsworth – Mo Beauty
To some, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth’s distinctive vocals are like nails down a chalkboard. To others, it sounds like a distinctive slice of hill-billy Americana.
Standout Track: That Is Not My Home
29. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Meriweather Post Pavillion ranked high, not only on many end of year lists, but also end of decade lists. However, for all my appreciation of Animal Collective’s genre traversing tapestry of sound, It still hasn’t struck me enough to rank higher. I’ve read that its strength lies in the sum of its parts, so perhaps it’s time for another listen start to finish.
Standout Track: My Girls
28. The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
The Big Pink seemed to shoot onto the scene in an instant with Dominos and Velvet prompting the blog world into a frenzy.
Standout Track: Dominos
27. Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
As the beat builds and Jack Steadman begins the chorus singing “I’m not home, I’m not ho-o-ome!” you realise the Bicycle Club have arrived. Steadman’s fragile vocals highlight a great album.
Standout track: Always Like This
26. Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
I’ve heard these guys are cocky and smug. It’s a great album, so who can really argue?
Standout track: Fire