Here’s my Top 10 Albums of 2009.
If you’re looking for Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, or Phoenix, you won’t find them here. If you want a list that sucks the dick of already overplayed, overrated albums, check out Pitchfork. In my opinion, besides “My Girls”, Merriweather Post Pavillion byAnimal Collective was mediocre at best. AT BEST. And “My Girls”, while a great track, is severely overrated. I’ve never understood Grizzly Bear, and I find it honestly hard to believe that so much of the world has eaten up Veckatimest in tremendous way that it has. I know that many of my choices this year are for extremely simple, upbeat albums, but Veckatimest is a seriously thick, boring album, and I just really don’t get it. I was told by a friend that if I don’t like Grizzly Bear, I haven’t matured enough musically yet, and to give it another listen in a few years. While that is potentially the most pretentious statement I’ve ever heard, I don’t think it’s true. I didn’t care for Fleet Foxes self titled album in 2008 either, which was a comparably dense, boring album that everyone enjoyed that I just didn’t GET. And as for Phoenix, I just don’t think they’re as big of a deal as everyone’s making them out to be. Sure, I dance around my apartment in my underwear to 1901 a bunch, but beyond that, I’m just not super impressed by them. Nothing about Phoenix really distinguishes them from drowning in the huge amount of dancey indie rock already out there, and that’s why they don’t deserve a spot in my Top 10.
Complaints about my 3 least favorite bands of the year aside, 2009 has been overall, for me, a pretty disappointing year musically. Putting together my Top 10 Albums was challenging for me, as I was not overly impressed with most albums this year. Few things I listened to really hit me in the way that I like music to hit me. Nothing really stood out as unique or amazing to me. Everything sounded like everything else. Nothing had soul. Nothing was super impressive lyrically. 2009 really fell flat for me. Everyone I know seems to disagree, and thinks that there were some really great albums in 2009, but even after listening to their suggestions, with the exceptions of a few tracks here and there that I really enjoyed, sifting through their suggested albums was painful.
I’m always optimistic to what the next year will bring musically, but 2009 didn’t set the bar very high, so if 2010 fails to deliver, I’m going to be pretty disappointed.
Enough of my rambling, here’s the list.