I always do my Top 20 Album List on or around December 1 each year, since I think I have to listen to something for at least 30 days before declaring it best of anything. This year, I didn’t have to think very hard about the top of the pile, as my album of the year dominated the family iTunes account for months, and is still winning regular, repeat spins. So hats off to Mos Def. The Ecstatic makes me what it’s called. After putting it on the top of the heap, I then list the four runners up that could have been contenders in a year without Mos Def playing at the top of his game, and then the 15 other albums that most rocked my world this year, in alphabetic order. Happy listening!
Album of the Year, 2009: Mos Def, The Ecstatic
First Runner Up: Pere Ubu, Long Live Pere Ubu!
Second Runner Up: Napalm Death, Time Waits for No Slave
Third Runner Up: Niwel Tsumbu, Song of the Nations
Fourth Runner Up: The Clean, Mister Pop
The Other Fifteen:
The Beatles Never Broke Up, Everyday Chemistry
The Big Pink, A Brief History of Love
Black Moth Super Rainbow, Eating Us
Clutch, Strange Cousins from the West
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Why Are There Mountains?
DM Stith, Heavy Ghosts
Gay Tastee, Songs for the Sodomites
Japanther, Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt
Matt and Kim, Grand
Super Furry Animals, Dark Days/Light Years
Various Artists, Analog Africa No.5, Legends of Benin
The Veils, Sun Gangs