Thursday, January 14, 2010

Favorite Albums of 2009

Below are my favorite albums from 2009. Please enjoy. What can I say...I've got a lot of favorites, and i still haven't listened to other albums that came out in 2009.



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Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best albums ever made, although not the best Pink Floyd album (That goes to Meddle), and when I heard The Flaming Lips were going to take on the whole thing, I couldn't wait to hear it. I was so excitied, I was going to buy this album. It was going to be worth it without hearing a note off the record. Straight up, this album Blew me Away. It takes everything awesome about the original Dark Side of the Moon and turns it up to 11. I couldn't stop listening to record for days.




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Riceboy Sleeps is is an artistic collaboration between Sigur Rós vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson and partner Alex Somers which features acoustic instrumental music alongside a string quartet, Amiina, and the Kópavogsdætur Choir. I've been a fan of Sigur Rós for 10 years and of all their albums, this reminds me most of their Ágætis byrjun and ( ) albums. Somewhere in the middle. If you are totally unfamiliar with their music, imagine yourself walking along a hill near the water and the sun is setting. Maybe you have someone with you, or you are walking a dog or you are by yourself. Either way. Walking along this hill is the most peaceful and transcendent you have ever felt. This is the music that would resound from your footsteps.




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BLK JKS is an South African rock band, and this is their first album. This album most reminds me of the Mars Volta. How the Mars Volta used to sound when they were good. This album is for anyone who feels the same, or wishes that Tv on the Radio rocked harder. I really recommend checking this out.




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Nearly nine months old, I haven't been listening to this as much when it first came out. It's Blitz by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is their best album yet. So it is their third, and it is better than the second which is really good. Therefore this i really good times 3. I'm just talking shit at this point. The songs are diverse and real and there is no filler on this album. The above album includes all 16 released tracks, meaning the 4 bonus tracks from the deluxe edition and 2 itunes bonus tracks.




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This album, recorded back in 2001, but only released in 2009 by Jim James, singer for My Morning Jacket is an EP covering 6 George Harrison songs. Each song is starkly composed with echo, guitar and no drums. This is a must for just about anyone, especially for beatles and george harrison fans. I love this album and it is a perfect mix of harrison classics and deeper cuts.




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This is Mos Def's best album. This album will also take a few full listens before you can really absorb it. If you listen to it once and then check it again a few days later you will be find deeper appreciation for the songs and samples. You need to stop living your life without hearing 'Auditorium' which features a killer beat and a verse from Slick Rick.




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I don't have much to say about Maxwell's BLACKsummer'snight except that you have to check it out! I'll leave the words to Rolling Stone "For those who remember Maxwell as the Casanova behind boudoir jams like "Sumthin' Sumthin'," his first disc in eight years holds a surprise: bad vibes. BLACKsummers'night is a breakup record, with storm-tossed songs full of regrets and recriminations. "I go insane/Crazy sometimes/Trying to keep you from losing your mind," Maxwell sings in "Fistful of Tears." He remains a student of Marvin Gaye (Here, My Dear is a model) and sumptuous Seventies grooves. But ballads like the mesmeric "Pretty Wings" prove he's an auteur in his own right, with surprising digressions and crescendos that mirror the songs' conflicted emotions. The result is an R&B album about love, not just sex, for grown-ups who know the difference."




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This album takes Santigold's debut release and remixes it with the hottest southern rappers in the game y'all. Yeah i just typed that sentence, and you just read it. Even if you aren't familiar with Santigold's album (why not?) you'll still fucking love this shit. I can't even listen to Santigold's album without wanting to listen to this more. It is a shame you are getting this in the dead of winter, and not in the heat of the summer when it should be blasting out your smoked out windows and speakers.




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Blakroc is a collaboration album between The Black Keys and the following artists - Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, Mos Def, singer Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. With all that heat, this album has got to be melting stereos. An unreleased ODB verse, RZA on a track with Pharoahe Monch, and trying to understand how NOE isn't Jay-Z really makes this album stand out. Seriously, listen to track 3 and 11 tell me how that isn't Jay-Z. It isn't. I still can't believe it.

All right, this enough Reviewing...her are the remaining albums.

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