Best Of 2009 - Work In Progress


28 jui. 2009, 7h07m

Heartless Bastards - The Mountain
Erike Wennerstrom's distinctive vocals carry this album.
Favorite Tracks: The Mountain***, Could Be So Happy, So Quiet

P.O.S. - Never Better
Lyrics and loops. 'Punk-hop' on full display on tracks like Purexed (see: the hook).
Favorite Tracks: Purexed***, Goodbye, Optimist (We Are Not for Them)

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Vocal harmonies, steady drumming, crashing cymbals... only thing holding it back is a few weak spots. Some of the best tracks of the year, and some low points.
Favorite Tracks: Two Weeks, Cheerleader***, While You Wait for the Others

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
The Black Keys' frontman's solo effort... Very diverse. Can't go into it expecting it to resemble a Keys' album- that's the whole reason to make an individual piece, to try something different that doesn't fit in stylistically with TBK's. Conjures a variety of styles from the mid-20th century.
Favorite Tracks: Trouble Weighs A Ton, Whispered Words, Real Desire

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
As a whole, I'm not a huge fan of this album. I do, however, find 3 tracks to be amazing. I would go so far as to call them epic. So, on the strength of these songs, it is one of the top albums of '09.
Favorite Tracks: In the Flowers, My Girls, Summertime Clothes

Silversun Pickups - Swoon
Quality followup to Carnavas.
Favorite Tracks: Growing Old Is Getting Old

The Grouch & Eligh - Say G&E!
This album so far has not stood up to the test of time very well. It has some great marquee tracks, but given the talent throughout it Say G&E! should stand out more. Despite this, it still is a quality record picked up by The Grouch's lyrics and rapid delivery.
Favorite Tracks: All In (Featuring Gift of Gab & Pigeon John), No Flowers (Featuring Paris Hayes)

Tor / Sufjan Stevens - Illinoize
A great mashup album, and free at that! Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter/folk artist with a strong Christian foundation... Who would have thought combining his works with rappers like Aesop Rock and Gift of Gab would create a masterpiece?
Favorite Tracks: The Dress Looks Nice on You / Make You Feel That Way (f. Gift of Gab)

***song of the year candidate


  • mhunke

    nice list, I like the Grough & Eligh and Silversun Pickups albums

    1 sept. 2009, 1h45m
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