OK. I’ve finally settled on my list of favourite albums from 2009, and i think the year is close enough to the end that it is safe for me to put it up now. Besides, if I don’t put it up now, I’m just going to keep tweaking it and I don’t want to tweak it anymore.
I always enjoy end of year lists. I like to see where the stuff I liked lined up with the more commercial lists and also with the more 'high brow' lists. But this is the first time I’ve actually sat down and put together my own list. It was a bit daunting at first, until I came to the conclusion that I would not do a ‘best of’ list, but rather just a list of my favourite albums (also, the fact that no one will really care also eased the daunting).
Below, arranged alphabetically, are my favourites.
Favourite Albums of 2009
Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer | Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers | Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid | Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day | Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be | Fanfarlo - Reservoir | Gregory Alan Isakov - This Empty Northern Hemisphere | Handsome Furs - Face Control | Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health | Jamie T - Kings & Queens | Justin Townes Earle - Midnight At The Movies | Modest Mouse - No One's First, And You're Next [EP] | Mos Def - The Ecstatic | Passion Pit - Manners | Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix | Red Heart the Ticker - Oh My! Mountains Below | The Avett Brothers - I And Love And You | The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy| The XX - XX | Vetiver - Tight Knit