This is my obligatory Favourite Albums of 2009 list. It doesn't veer too far from the beaten track to many of the lists I've seen in circulation. It has also changed quite a bit since I first compiled it in November. Some of these albums will grow on me over the next year... it happens every year, and I guess the order could change drastically. Last year, I said my favourite album was The Devil, You and Me by The Notwist. Looking back now, it would be relegated to third place, behind Cut Copy and Frightened Rabbit.
I didn't even listen to some of my favourite albums of last year until this year (Cave Singers, I'm looking at you...). Some of these albums, The xx, Grizzly Bear, AC, I'm starting to get into a lot more than when I first heard them. But this is, I think, the order in which I've enjoyed these records this year. Oh, and those there are Mountain Goats.
Please feel free to rip this list to shreds.
The Mountain Goats – The Life Of The World To Come (review)
The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love (read here)
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The xx – xx
Butcher Boy – React Or Die (review)
The Twilight Sad – Forget The Night Ahead
The Phantom Band – Checkmate Savage
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Nurses – Apple's Acre (review)
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk (review)
Zoey Van Goey – The Cage Was Unlocked All Along (review)
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Snake (review)
The Maccabees – Wall of Arms (review)
Daniel Johnston - Is and Always Was (review)