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29 December 2009 @ 03:16 pm
whatyousaygoes' Picks for Best Albums of 2009  
It's been a while since I've posted an update about anything here. To anyone who was ever looking forward to any posts, I'm sorry for the lack of attention to LiveJournal. I've been a little busy and haven't really gotten the time to write any reviews about most of the albums I've listened to this year. When Atlas Sound's Logos leaked, I began writing a review, but, unfortunately, I could not finish.

The year is wrapping up, so, here are my top albums for the year. These are the albums that I liked, listened to, and spoke about most during 2009. I suggest that you check out some of this material, if you haven't already.

For 2010, I'll definitely try updating more. At least twice a month!
05. M. Ward - Hold Time

Listen: "For Beginners" or "To Save Me"
Hold Time is an album that I listened to throughout the year. I loved listening to "For Beginners" every time I was passing by the Smith 9th St train station on the G, especially when the sun was out. The scenery of the skies and the melody of the song was a great combination while returning home from a day of school. The songs on this album are suitable for any season and the wistfulness and nostalgia it can bring is welcome. Props to M. Ward for these folky, pop-rock tunes. 

04. The Dodos - "Time To Die"

Listen: "Longform" or "Two Medicines"
It seems to me that it takes an acquired taste to like The Dodos as much as I do. On Time to Die, the band presents [at least slightly] thought-provoking lyrics (You have a heartache/But it never really hurts), melodious tunes, and vocal harmonies. The Dodos are a band I want to listen to all the time. Whether you're ecstatic with joy, solemn with misery, or just feeling apathetic, Time to Die is an album that can suit the mood.

03. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Listen: "Masterswarm" or "Tenuousness"
I feel that Noble Beast is Andrew Bird's most confident work yet. I'm not sure if there's any praise I can offer Bird for this album that I haven't given him for anything else he's done, but Noble Beast is an album that you can always come back to and enjoy endlessly. Andrew Bird is on top of his game, witty and charming. He coins smart lyrics, adding sophistication and amusement for the listener.

02. Atlas Sound - Logos

Listen: "Quick Canal" or "Kid Climax"
Bradford Cox offers a rather abstract sound in music, but it's all good. The haziness of songs like "The Light that Failed" or "An Orchid" remind me of those moments in bed when you're entering/escaping dreamland and conscious of it, yet you're not fully awake. On Logos, the songs are shimmery and ambient. If they were clothes, I bed they'd sparkle while being easy on the eyes.

01. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Listen: "Girlfriend" or "Fences"
This album is filled with catchy songs, nice beats, and cool guitar riffs. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is fun to listen to, even when you're by yourself, and it is worthy of being mentioned in many Best Albums of the Year lists. This is easy to listen to and enjoyable for all.

Some noteworthy songs of the year for me included:
Animal Collective - "Summertime Clothes" (This is the song of the year for me, actually)
Regina Spektor - "Folding Chairs"
Phoenix - "Girlfriend"
The Most Serene Republic - "Phi"
The Bird and the Bee - "Love Letter to Japan"
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