2009 – A Year of Great Music

2009 was a wonderful time for music lovers all over the globe. Maybe it is because my tastes have broadened alot in the last twelve months, but for some reason 09 managed to inspire me and fellow music bloggers endlessly with treats from every genre and country accross this earth. We have been privvy to a rich array of musical varieties from the continuing boom of Japanese electronica to the ever growing indie/folk arena everything in between.

2009 saw the follow ups of many including Kashiwa Daisuke’s eagerly awaited 5 dec follow up to Program Music 1, The Dear Hunter’s Act III and The Mars Volta’s Octahedron (the ominous ‘acoustic’ album). And with all these none stood out more than The Dear Hunter’s Act III: Life and Death – the saga continues in Casey Crescenzo’s magnanimous rock opera (thank god there are still 3 more to come because ir eally don’t want it to end). It was a giant year for post-rock (a genre many write off as dead) with Mono’s Hymn to the Immortal Wind blowing everyone away and the highly anticipated Do Make Say Think album, but brace yourselves people for the forthcoming A Silver Mount Zion record in 2010 (yes there is a prosporous year ahead for all kinds of music). SO without further ado, I will present WTYF’s top five albums of the year, top vinyl release of the year and top album cover of the year.

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1) The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death

It was a tough choice between this and number two spot, however this record floors me from start to finish. Six months on I still sing at the top of my voice to the amazing compositions from this band.

2) Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere

Never have I enjoyed folk/acoustic music so much, Gregory’s voice is amazing, his playing is emotive and passionate and his storytelling sublime.

3) Parov Stelar – Coco Part one and two

This double cd was amazing, the first disc full of classic Stelar with emotive sombre tunes incorporating jazz, swing, hip hop and downtempo electronica while the second disc was full of electro house jazz bombast from another planet.

4) Rx Bandits – Mandala

Mandala was a big departure from previous Rx Bandits, moving towards a more progressive rock way of songwirting, but boy was it as energetic as ever.

5) Fun. – Aim and Ignite

Pure pop genious, sing till your lungs give out.

Best Vinyl Release:

Rx Bandits – Mandala

Pressed in a mesmerising clear dark blue vinyl and encased in a gatefold, dye cut housing with seriously gnarly artwork. It was orgasmic opening this package up and devouring it with my mind.

The Best Album Artwork:

Gregory Alan Isakov – This EMpty Northern Hemisphere

I think it captured the album so well, it’s not special or amazing in any way – but when i look at the artwork I feel warm inside.

It was a great year, and I cannot wait to hear what 2010 will bring for all of us 🙂


5 Responses to “2009 – A Year of Great Music”
  1. Scott says:

    Wow I have.. none of those, oh well. Maybe I’ll keep in mind the RX Bandits for vinyl.

    • Alex says:

      This list, after much thought is very much a ‘most listened too’ list. And i have seriously discounted some amazing works (ahem…Mono, Kashiwa Daisuke, Russian Circles, The Middle East, Grizzly Bear just to name a few). But definately check out the Rx Bandits vinyl if you want something cool to show people haha.

      Will be reading your blog closely next year, keep up the great work!

  2. Chris says:

    I’m in a moderately similar boat in that 2009 was the year that I started to quite seriously listen to and appreciate a much wider variety of music than I had before.

    Alas, I, too, haven’t listened to any of your list, but I’m putting The Dear Hunter and Gregory Alan Isakov on my shortlist. Looking forward to checking them out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    no tvm on your list this year?… Fun. is great! and i agree with ur number 1 choice

  4. Alex says:

    Mars Volta was 7 haha, but was too lazy to finsih the list – i know real dedicated blogger here haha

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