So every year, I try to sift through the plethora of new music on my I-Pod and distill it down into my top 10 albums of the year. So these are my recommendations to you. Ladies and Gentlemen, Justin Buckley’s albums of 2009.
10 – MONO – Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Instrumental Japanese rock four piece, MONO, create another wonderous, epic and filmic soundtrack of shimmering noise, lulling melodies and creative brilliance.
9 – The Fray – The Fray
Excellent PopRock sophomore debut. Catchy choruses, timeless hooks and emotive songwriting make this a vast improvement on their debut.
8 – Grizzly Bear – Veckatimist
Low key, yet brilliantly produced left of centre album by Radiohead faves.
7 – Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Another melodramatic, sepia tinged masterpiece after a hiatus of 4 years. This band should be massive.
6 – The Temper Trap – Conditions
Melodic, dense moods and swirling instrumentations make this one of the most impressive albums of the year.
5 – The Swell Season – Strict Joy
Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Once co-star, Margeta Irglova produce one of the most honest and disarming albums about the breakdown of a relationship.
4 – John Mayer – Battle Studies
After the brilliance of Continuum, Mayer takes a deft step back and produces an understated pop/blues odyssey.
3 – The XXs – XX
A mellow techno version of the Weepies, with the vocals given room to breathe and feel organic.
2 – The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.
Superb record that seems to chart Americana in music from Neil Young to Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan and make it sound refreshing and vital.
1 – Mutemath – Armistice.
A masterpiece of virtuoso musicianship, feeling and emotion, honesty and downright catchy music. Probably the most underrated band on the planet.