Another year, another batch of best-of lists, then? Like Bill said: not quite. Rather than trying to identify the best albums of the year, we’d much rather share our favourite albums this year. Which is great for me, because thanks to a lot of travelling, I barely listened to anything released in the last 6 months of this year; you’ll note that most of my favourites this were released before June or July. In no particular order, let’s get on with this.
Richard’s Favourites of 2009:
- Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
- The XX - The XX
- Florence and the Machine - Lungs
- Jon Hopkins - Insides
- Micachu & the Shapes - Jewellery
No big surprises here. I could have sworn Insides was a 2008 release, so I’m glad I checked that, because it really was one of my favourite releases this year. Bitte Orca was a late bloomer for me, but I’m very happy that I eventually gave it a proper chance. I’ve posted a Micachu track along with this because, despite the early hype at the beginning of the year, everyone seemed to forget about her as the year wore on, and I think that’s a shame.
My resolutions for the new year are definitely going to include not only catching up on this year’s music, but making sure I keep up on what 2010 has to offer.