Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Top 21 Albums 2009 - First Half

Well if he can ignore me then so can I

The good thing about writing on here is I can have a memory like a Craig but now have a reference guide. I think writing about music encourages me to explore more music rather than relying on the 30 billion songs already written most of which aren’t as good as The Beatles. That’s not my theory just a general paraphrasing of any Andy Craig music conversation. And so this year I’ve had a much broader basket to choose from and probably still chosen the same old tosh

21) Broken Records – Until the Earth Begins to Part.

It’s got violins and stuff and it’s a bit ‘Big Music’ traditional tunes to love and learn

20) Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

It’s like dance music for people who don’t dance, plenty of beats and beeps and clanking and definitely different to anything else this year.

19) Luke Haines – 21st Century Man

Yes he’s the miserable bloke who slags off everyone else and used to be in the fantastic Auteur's. Well he’s written his third masterpiece and given a few more listens this would probably be higher in the charts. Traditional Indie with bitter bitter chorus’s to sing along to.

18) Bombay Bicycle Club – I had the Blues but I shook them Loose

It’s jerky indie guitar stuff with great songs, what’s not to like

17) The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

Lot’s of guitars and then more guitars with hidden tunes revealing themselves, play it loud in the dark

16) British Sea Power – Man of Arran

This is a work of art,the government should buy one for everyone

15) Meursault – Kissing With Tongues

Electronic Folk Indie for the melancholic, and with a heck of a good singer

14) Franz Ferdinand – Tonight

All the songs and all the hooks but beefed up a bit. If any album this year were a grower it would be this one

13) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Jingly jangly guitars with a bit of fuzz on them and a billion chorus’s, it’s gorgeous

12) White Lies – To Lose My Life

You can’t deny they do a great line in Indie pop songs

11) Noah and the Whale- First Days of Spring

Well he clearly doesn’t get on with his ex girlfriend anymore. Of all this years albums this is the one that I keep going back to ‘just to hear that bit again’. If I was doing a most interesting album of the year this would win…..but I’m not so 10 to go.


  1. Nice picture sizing...even if I do say so myself

  2. Well, I find it encouraging, from my point of view as well as your's, that we already have 3 shared albums in our lists (Twilight Sad, White Lies, Bombay Bicycle Club), with potentially more to come..

    Well done us! Compilation CD's all around the tree..

  3. I quite like the picture of the park bench at the top. As for the music there's only the BSP one that I've heard on that list. In fact, like Rich's list, there are only about 3 bands that I actually recognise the name of. I think I'm getting old.

  4. Wonderful selection. And such nice covers! All beautifully sized. Outstanding.

  5. Oh Fuck off Andy, you're supposed to slag mine!