Soylence's top 10 albums of 2009


24. Dez. 2009, 8:37

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10. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

Genres: psychedelic, indie pop, critic bait
Choice tracks: “Brothersport”, “Lion in a Coma”, “Summertime Clothes”
Commentary: How many licks does it take to get to the center of the hype critics built up around this album? The world may never know.

9. The BPA - I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Genres: big beat, alternatronica, dance-rock
Choice tracks: “Toe Jam”, “So It Goes”, “Seattle”
Commentary: The sweetness of this album is only outmatched by the boy I made out with while listening to it.

8. Datarock - Red

Genres: new wave, indietronica, dance-rock
Choice tracks: “True Stories”, “The Pretender”, “Give It Up”
Commentary: I’m a sucker for 80s revivalism in all its forms, and I can tell this band is as in love with the 80s as I am.

7. Discovery - LP

Genres: electropop, R&B, indie
Choice tracks: “Can You Discover?”, “Osaka Loop Line”, “So Insane”
Commentary: Indie, the whitest genre of music possible, expands its cultural imperialism to R&B. The results are pretty damn good.

6. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight

Genres: dance-rock, indie rock, post-punk revival
Choice tracks: “Can‘t Stop Feeling”, “No You Girls”, “Bite Hard”
Commentary: The Arctic Monkeys may have lost their way, but their pals Franz Ferdinand made up for it. They really put the dance in dance-rock.

5. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Genres: dance-rock, indie pop, vaguely electronic
Choice tracks: “1901”, “Armistice”, “Lisztomania”
Commentary: These renowned French hipsters have made a record not quite as canonical as #10, but certainly more appealing to my aesthetic sensibilities.

4. Morrissey - Years of Refusal

Genres: alternative rock, miserablism, god among men
Choice tracks: “Something Is Squeezing My Skull”, “I‘m OK By Myself”, “Black Cloud”
Commentary: Q: What do you call it when my favorite British has-been releases his best album in 15 years? A: Number four on this list.

3. La Roux - La Roux

Genres: synthpop, electropop, dance-pop
Choice tracks: “Tigerlily”, “In For The Kill”, “Bulletproof”
Commentary: Is it just me or do the record-buying British public have much better taste than Americans do?

2. Pet Shop Boys - Yes

Genres: synthpop, dance-pop, gods among men
Choice tracks: “More than a dream”, “Did you see me coming?”, “All over the world”
Commentary: Q: What do you call it when my favorite British has-beens release their best album in 15 years? A: Number TWO on this list.

1. Passion Pit - Manners

Genres: synthpop, indie pop, no way that’s a guy singing
Choice tracks: “The Reeling”, “Moth‘s Wings”, “Sleepyhead”
Commentary: Maybe I’m a sucker for falsetto vocals, but damned if these guys can’t write the best pop songs. The best 2009 has to offer.

Partially put together using OnDistantShores's Album Of The Year journal generator.


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