Albums of 2009

26 12 2009


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.




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