Top 10 Music Albums 2009
Number 10: Lily Allen – “It’s Not Me, It’s You”
UK sassy pants, Lily Allen, released her second studio album “It’s Not Me, It’s You” in February and it was full of sarcastic funk and relationship angst, making it the perfect soundtrack for any pop-culture nut. Full of irresistible tunes like the sharp and lyrically witty “The Fear” and the exceedingly crafty “22,” Lily’s talents surpass most female singer-songwriters.
Number 9: Florence + the Machine – “Lungs”
Florence Welch, our second British indie pop darling, has splatter painted the music world like only young fresh talent can. Her freshman release “Lungs” (released this summer) is packed from start to finish with ground thumping singles like the unforgettable “Kiss with a Fist.” As a whole, this album is one of the most musically advanced and emotionally hypnotizing CDs of 2009.
Number 8: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “It’s Blitz!”
Mixing melodramatic dance floor sounds (similar to The Cars) with an atmospheric brilliance (akin to Joy Division), “It Blitz!” was a sasquatch-sized step for Karen O and the fellas of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Released in March, two months early due to internet leaks, this album unfolds like an onion of treasures, potently surprising with every listen.
Number 7: Bat for Lashes – “Two Suns”
Bat For Lashes, known by friends simply as Natasha Kahn, birthed an album of 11 haunting tracks, whispering each one to life with the most attentive of care. The shimmering soft and bittersweet single “Daniel” could very well be the best song of the year, leading the way for Natasha to become the worlds next, more affected, Norah Jones.
Number 6: Miike Snow – “Miike Snow”
Sweden is known for keeping our butts moving thanks to artists like ABBA and The Cardigans. Their unique grasp of true pop music is the very ingredient that makes supergroup Miike Snow so different. Consisting of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt (read: hit makers behind Britney Spears, Kylie Minouge and J.Lo), these three have manufactured a soul stamping electropop album that gets in your head and refuses to go away.
Number 5: The Black Eyed Peas – “The E.N.D.”
Breaking the record charts in every country and the piggy banks of their respective residents, the massively talented Will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo have made history with this summer’s massive “The E.N.D.” Consisting of hits “Boom, Boom, Pow” and “Meet Me Halfway,” the 15-track monster is a simple, candy-coated masterpiece.
Number 4: La Roux – “La Roux”
Late this September, the world was gifted with a powerful new force of nature by the name of La Roux. Ranging from the fairytale sounding high falsettos of “Fascination” to the brooding, heart-pounding dance banger “Bulletproof,” songstress Elly Jackson and co-writer Ben Langmaid have earned a spot on our gold-star chart with their kaleidoscopic self-titled album.
Number 3: Phoenix – “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”
You would think that the fourth studio album by the French rock band Phoenix may have a little laziness attached to it. Yet after first listen, you would think about kicking yourself in the face for even entertaining the thought. Blazing with lush keyboards and unique drum kits, the twin rock tracks “1901” and “Lisztomania” helped the late summer release climb into the hearts of true music lovers the world over.
Number 2: Passion Pit – “Manners”
Full of more decadent material than Jackie O’s walk-in closet, Passion Pit’s debut album “Manners” is an album for the ages. Rich in vocals, layered with pianos aplenty and sounding like the soundtrack to any Michel Gondry film , Passion Pit bring hope to musical world of fear. Standout tracks include “To Kingdom Come,” the synthetically brilliant “Little Secrets” and the outrageously understating “Moths Wings.”
Number 1: Grizzly Bear – “Veckatimest”
The third full-length studio album by American indie band Grizzly Bear shifts from musical gear to gear like a finely made German automobile. With the chorally perfect lead-single “Two Weeks” guiding the ship, this entire CD plays out like an all you can eat audible buffet. Except you won’t be left feeling full of regret. Instead, you will get up from the couch walk over to the stereo and press play, preparing to listen to the entire delightful journey once more.