As another year ends, i’ve been scrambling to listen to every relevant album to compile a Top 10, 20, 30, 40 of my favourite albums of 2009. Inevitably i’ll end up listening to a bunch of albums for the first time on December 30th and won’t come back to them until mid-way through 2010, thinking that they should have made the Top 10 of the year before. I still love all the albums from my Top 10 of 2008, but there are a few albums that I overlooked and would deserve a spot if I was making the list now.
In the spirit of this new music blog, I thought my first post would be to showcase a few albums from 2008 that I truly discovered in 2009.
Emily Wells – The Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties
I was introduced to Emily Wells at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. She played a few tracks from this album, but really caught my attention with her cover of Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy. Her songs are primarily violin and vocal loops with additional layers added throughout the song. Complemented by bass and drums the songs take on a hip-hop feel without sounding anything like hip-hop. If I had heard this album in 2008 it would have easily placed in my Top 25, but alas it was the summer of 2009. Oh, by the way, the cover of Juicy is on her new EP Dirty.
The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
I know I started listening to this album in early 2009 about two weeks before their concert at the Starlite Room in Edmonton, AB. Shaun, yes the one on this blog, asked if I wanted to go to the show and I said i’ll check them out. They grew on me after a few listens and why not, it’s a great rock album that reminds me of Springsteen mixed with the Hold Steady (minus the annoying singing/talking of Craig Finn). Honestly, I haven’t really listened to it since June, but I’m listening to it now and it still rocks, I hope that counts.
Lykke Li – Youth Novels
Wait a minute, this was already in my Top 25 of 2008. But it should have been in the Top 10. There’s something about those Swedes that can’t be denied. I’m telling you they’re going to take over the world with fantastic music. I wouldn’t complain. It’s an excellent album that I’m not going to bore you with talking about, just listen to it a few times and let it sink in. Bonus: When she performs live she kind of sounds like Stevie Nicks (circa 1976), now that’s all kinds of sexy.
I can already tell i’m going to miss quite a few gems from 2009, but like every year before i’ll discover them in 2010 and write a post just like this next year.