she & him is set to release the follow up to one of 2008’s best albums, volume one. the duo recently sat down with paste magazine and discussed some details regarding the new album, volume two, which is complete and set for a spring 2010 release.
there was so much good music this past year, it was much harder than i expected to choose only fifteen. in order to make the necessary cuts, i based my decisions on replay value and the entirety of the album. for example, the most recent stellastarr* album, “civilized” was an excellent album and i could listen to the track “freak out” all the time, but it wasn’t anywhere close to their debut album (self titled) that has been in my car stereo since 2003.
i wouldn’t be surprised if more than one of these albums makes it on your list, but please remember, these are my favorite albums and i don’t expect our tastes to be exactly the same. email
me and let me know what your favorite albums of ’09 were and if i forgot any that you think should be this list.
so without further ado…
15) Wale – Attention Deficit
14) We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
13) White Lies – To Lose my Life
12) Telekinesis – Telekinesis!
11) The xx – xx
10) Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
09) Passion Pit – Manners
08) Matt & Kim – Grand
07) The Temper Trap – Conditions
06) Royksopp – Junior
05) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
04) Islands – Vapours
03) Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are
02) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
01) Mew – No More Stories are Told Today I’m Sorry They Washed Away No More Stories
(On the cusp: Dinosaur Jr. – Farm, Mos Def – Ecstatic, The Antlers – Hospice, Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest, Stellastarr* – Civilized, Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young, Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca)
Check out some other good “Albums of ’09” lists:
The Music Slut Presents: Matt’s Top 20 LPS of 2009