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2009 Thoughts

THESE ARE NOT MY TOP ALBUMS. Although for what it's worth I'd but the XX at the top. Just some general thoughts on some albums from this year that got a lot of hype here, and that I've actually listened to.
1Brand New

Possibly one of my favourite bands final album. I liked this loads more when it came out than I do now, and I'd probably just say in the grand scheme it's really above average and nothing more. "Vices" would be more awesome if it didn't include that annoying minute long intro, but it really was the highlight - a few songs o nthe tail end of the album are also really awesome, but it kinda bugs me that some of the lyrics are still YFW esque - I don't want the band to change so much that I can't recognize but improving on their occasionally embarrassing lyrics can only be a good thing. "At the Bottom" was also really good, as are most of the tracks, and maybe I'm just spoilt but I really expected a bigger jump than what they delivered. Still enjoyed it though.
2The XX

Chilled, emotional, understated etc etc etc. Just really awesome. I love that bass sound at the start of tracks like "Island", and the dual vocals work well, and the best thing is even thought it could totally have gone the other way it manages to avoid sounding cheesy or contrived. I also really like their cover of "Teardrops".
Axe to Fall

This is really good, loved it tbh. The guitar work is awesome, and whilst it's not as outright heavy as Jane Doe, it's better in my estimation - my favourite is probably the title track, just a really enjoyable album.
4Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster

My best "discovery" of 2009 - Lady Gaga. Yes, I know it's not in any way an achievement seeing as she's everywhere but there's a good reason for that - she's amazing. This EP/album is so good, and the video for Bad Romance is cool too. I know she "broke" in 2008 but this and The Fame are top quality and I've played the death out of them both - looking forward to see what she'll do next. Lady Gaga. Paparazzi. MTV VMAs 2009. SO GOOD.
5The Horrors
Primary Colours

I reviewed this, and a lot of magazines seem to agree as to the quality of this album. Whilst I probably haven't listened ot it as much as I thought I would it definitely does have staying power in the sense that it hasn't gotten any worse so far. The indie bands that seem to stay slightly left field of the Kaiser Chiefs/Fratellis/Kooks etc etc trend (see also the aforementioned XX and also Foals) are actually deserving of the hype they've been getting I find, and this is no different.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II

This came out JUST as I started getting into Wu Tang - how's that for timing? I'd long liked Liquid Swords but never really bothered to listen to anything else my friend lent me - but I'm glad I did. This is o nthe list as it's obviously a top quality album, but really this year I've been listening to loads of Wu stuff in general, so it's worked perfectly. Personally my favourite is Ghostface but they're pretty much all good - Mystery of Chessboxin' is their best song imo.
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