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What's the best album(s) of 2009?

Asked by Captain_Fantasy (11431points) February 17th, 2010

I’ve listened to everything I own countless times.
I’d like some new music. Preferably something that really cooks.

Any recommendations?

I’m asking this here because I get the impression this community isn’t the standard “I’m buying whatever the Grammy Awards tell me to” sort of crowd.

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jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I can’t narrow it down to just one, but these were some of my favorites:

MuseThe Resistance
Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion
Brand NewDaisy
DredgThe Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

aprilsimnel's avatar

Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective is my fave album of 2009. Me? I farking loooooove this album. Mightn’t be your cuppa, though. It’s as if you gave hippies an 808 and Pro Tools.

It just squeaks past Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear, which on some tracks is what I think The Beach Boys would sound like if they were 40 years younger and had all of today’s recording tools. Everyone in this band is a multi-instrumentalist and can sing like the dickens. Their harmonies are glorious – and they can do them live! I’ve seen them!

kevbo's avatar

21st Century Breakdown rocked my ‘09.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Neko Case Middle Cyclone

DeanV's avatar

Personally, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix was up there, as was Them Crooked Vultures and The Heavy’s The House That Dirt Built, but I think my standout favorite was The Dead Weather’s Horehound. Sure, it’s angry, but it brought soul and swing into one package. Them Crooked Vultures was pretty damn good, though. There’s a bit of a tossup there.

2009 was a good year for experimental, but Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear just don’t float my boat.

filmfann's avatar

the remixed Beatles albums.

DeanV's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I though Arctic Monkey’s Humbug was way better than the Muse album. I actually thought The Resistance was sort of crap. Muse can do much better.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@dverhey I can’t believe I forgot about Humbug! Another great one.
I really enjoyed Muse’s new album. I still think Absolution is their best, but I liked The Resistance more than Black Holes and Revelations.

I’ll also add And So I Watch You From AfarAnd So I Watch You From Afar
One of the best post-rock releases I’ve heard in a while.

DominicX's avatar

Here are some of my favorites:

It’s Not Me, It’s You – Lily Allen
The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
21st Century Breakdown – Green Day
Merriweather Post Pavillion – Animal Collective
Sainthood – Tegan and Sara
Brand New Eyes – Paramore
So Far Gone – Drake
The E.N.D. – Black Eyed Peas
The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z

Furthermore, just because someone likes mainstream music (like me) doesn’t mean they just like it because the “Grammy awards tell them so”. I’m sure most people have had the music long before they even saw the awards. I listen to music for the sound, not for how underground or non-mainstream it is.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
It’s not for everyone but dear lord, I love it so much.

Tinted Windows – Tinted Windows
I was temporarily obsessed with this band. If you liked 70s rock, you will like this.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

I don’t dislike you DominicX. Please don’t take it that way.
I dislike mainstream music because I don’t like the “pop” sound that Lady Gaga, B.E.P’s., Lily Allen, et al. bring.

DominicX's avatar


There’s nothing wrong with not liking that type of music. I just find it a little annoying when people who like that type of music are all lumped together as just liking because it’s what the media tells them to like. Because that’s not the case at all in many cases (including my own) and that’s not a fair judgment to make.

davidbetterman's avatar

The best albums of 2009 were recorded in the 60s and 70s…There has been nothing as good since.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Also, Amadou and Mariam‘s Welcome to Mali is really interesting and eclectic.

TheJoker's avatar

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Seriously, if you haven’t got this little gem you really need to!

naffion's avatar

It really depends on the genre of music you’re into.
I personally love
Florence and the Machine – Lungs
Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
The Temper Trap – Conditions
Metric – Fantasies
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

TheJoker's avatar

@naffion Absolutely loved ‘It’s a Blitz’ Karen O has a wicked voice!

rawpixels's avatar

Backspacer from Pearl Jam

joehobbes's avatar

I’ll second..
Metric – Fantasies
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz

I’m a Muse fan, but was disappointed by The Resistance

OpryLeigh's avatar

Unfortunately I probably won’t be of any help to you because me favourite albums of 2009 are:

The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful – Paloma Faith
The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys

I didn’t buy many albums in 2009.

Like @DominicX I have a very wide range of music taste and don’t care whether something is mainstream or not. If I like it, I like it. If I don’t, I don’t.

Masonxmace237's avatar

Def try animal collective and thrice. I also liked the yeah yeah yeahs, Manchester orchestra, the wonder years (that may be a 2010) and brand new. My absolute favorite is The Antlers- hospice

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