Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Top Ten Albums of 2009

I just realized I never posted this -- I meant to have a whole week back in early February, not unlike last year, in which I did my top films, albums, blogs, etc., for the year -- but the trip to Austin and the mid-point of the semester left me swamped. Better late than never, but as I am on my spring break, sleeping in and reading theology for leisure, you get three superfluously unhelpful words per album rather than any actual substantive comment. (Although you do also get the graphic to the right that Patrick made for our year-end posts on 80 Minutes For Life.) Enjoy!

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Honorable mention: Iron & Wine -- Around the Well; The Decemberists -- The Hazards of Love; Various Artists -- Dark Was the Night; David Bazan -- Curse Your Branches; Wilco -- (The Album)

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10. Monsters of Folk -- Monsters of Folk

Fun, scattered, rich.

9. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros -- Up From Below

Danceable, surprising, eclectic.

8. Elvis Perkins -- Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Playful, apocalyptic, personal.

7. The Mountain Goats -- The Life of the World to Come

Singular, jarring, biblical.

6. Neko Case -- Middle Cyclone

Funny, invigorating, man-stomping.

5. JJ -- JJº2

Smooth, harmonious, lyrical.

4. Grizzly Bear -- Veckatimest

Thick, discordant, sweeping.

3. Phoenix -- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Light, straightforward, entertaining.

2. Andrew Bird -- Noble Beast

Gorgeous, complex, undervalued.

1. Animal Collective -- Meriweather Post Pavillion

Seamless, pertinent, sublime.

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