Best album of 2009 (marking 10 years of music)

As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2009 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!

From 2009 the year that Jonathon Ross returned to his Radio two show and Sir Terry Wogan left his, also the year we got a new baby. Talitha. (nice) .
the contenders in alphabetical order;

  • The Builder and the Butchers – Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well
  • The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
  • Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
  • Fanfarlo – Reservior
  • Florence & the Machine – Lungs
  • fun. – Aim and Ignite
  • Howling Bells – Radio Wars
  • Neko Case- Middle Cyclone
  • Nellie McKay – Normal As Blueberry Pie
  • Odd Nosdam – T.I.M.E. Soundtrack
  • One eskimO – One eskimO
  • Over the Rhine – Live from Nowhere vol. 4
  • Pheonix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  • Regina Spector – Far
  • Jonsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps
  • Royskopp – Junior
  • St Vincent – Actor
  • Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
  • Using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are

    number 3
    The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
    a modern progressive rock opera, with 4 lead singing parts, 2 female, 2 male, sung by two females and 1 male. staged as a touring show played in order, it shouldn’t have worked, on first listen it didn’t work, but Shara Wooten for My Brightest Diamond pushes this album into the realms of greatness. It is literate, deep, compelling, strange and weird all at the same time with some wonderful melodies and great tunes backing it up.
    seek out – as it is a progressive rock opera, it has to be the whole album, one song just doesn’t give enough without the full fabric around it.

    number 2
    Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
    Dirty Projectors, never quite got the previous album, “twin cinema”, but “Bitte Orca” is magnificent, it just sound right. It does just sound right. It is indie greatness.
    seek out – sorry the whole album, it is wonderful and only slightly pipped by Sunset for the top spot.

    number 1
    Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
    This is a wonderful album which starts as grandly as it can and continues in it’s opulence and rock opera melodics for the whole album. considerably shorted that the Decemberists attempt at doing the same thing and this album does rock, you have probably never heard it but this sounds wonderful, like a band who are having fun creating something they will be proud of for the rest of their lives. truly a great out – The whole album. You just should.