Various - Vote for your albums of 09!
2009 another year of highs and lows, recession and floods, war and G20 riots, a year that saw the emergence of twitter which depending upon your viewpoint is the greatest social networking tool to have graced our screens with its presence, to others it represented a dumbing down of blogs suiting those with an attention deficit disorder that doesn't stretch beyond one hundred and forty characters, still at least you could follow Stephen Fry eh? Eminem returned, Glasto saw the reformation of Blur, while the boutique (Latitude, Bestival, ATP et al) and city (ITC, SWN) festival exploded. Then the real shocker Michael Jackson the king of pop passed away greatly saddening those that remember him at his brilliant best, it perhaps marked the end of a era in popular music and maybe the beginning of a new one where labels and global megastars are lessened in favour of those artists with inventiveness, acts that can reconnect with their fan bases in increasingly interesting ways? We can but hope eh?
09 was meant to be the year of the girl but while Florence and her Machine did her best to fly the flag for Britain after damp squibs from La Roux and Little Boots, Lady Gaga revealed her poker face and it was she and Beyonce that created most of the pop spectacles that mattered in 09. JLS proved you didn't need to win the Xfactor to really prevail, some bands shifted into the mainstream while others concentrated on their craft and all the while there was some great music being made and released just below the surface so lift up the stone look under and choose your TOP FIVE from our TOP short listed albums of 2009. A list that includes some highly commercial releases, some massively surprising comeback album triumphs, some cult releases, some barely known ones, plucked from a range of genres, from across the United Kingdom, North America and beyond, no focus groups or commercial pressures here, just a love of the long players that really moved our bodies and our souls in the past year. So get voting!
GIITTV's Shortlisted albums of 2009.(In no particular order)
Grizzly Bear- 'Veckatimest'
The Antlers - 'Hospice'
Mumford and Sons - 'Sigh No More'
The Mars Volta - 'Octahedron'
Health - 'Get Colour'
P.O.S -'Never Better'
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
The Decemberists - 'The Hazards of Love'
Animal Collective - 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'
The Joy Formidable - 'A Balloon Called Moaning'
Discovery - LP
Manic Street Preachers - 'Journal For Plague Lovers'
The Maccabees - 'Wall of Arms'
Dan Deacon - 'Bromst'
Passion Pit - 'Manners'
Noah And The Whale - 'First Days Of Spring'
Bombay Bicycle Club - 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
We Were Promised Jetpacks - S/T
Atlas Sound - 'Logos'
Grammatics - S/T
The XX - S/T
Fuck Buttons - 'Tarot Sport'
Arctic Monkeys - 'Humbug'
There Will Be Fireworks - S/T
Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone!
Ramona Falls - 'Intuit'
Blakroc - S/T
Lovvers - 'OCD Go Go Go Girls'
Slaraffenland - 'We're On Your Side'
Balmorhea - 'All is Wild, All is Silent'
Former Ghosts - 'Fleurs'
Florence and The Machine - 'Lungs'
And So I Watch You From Afar - S/T
Raekwon - 'Only Built For Cuban Linx 2'
The Cribs - 'Ignore the Ignorant'
Future of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another
Blue October - 'Approaching Normal'
M.Ward - 'Hold Time'
Brand New - 'Daisy'
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T
Flaming Lips - 'Embryonic'
Madness - 'The liberation of Norton Folgate'
Bibio - 'Ambivalence Avenue'
The Firekites - 'The Bowery'
Orphans and Vandals- 'I Am Alive You Are Dead'
Frank Turner - 'Poetry of the Deed'
Dredg - 'The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion'
The Twilight Sad - 'Forget the Night Ahead'
The Horrors - 'Primary Colours'
St. Vincent - 'Actor'
Cymbals Eat Guitars - S/T
Russian Circles - 'Geneva'
Can't make up your mind?Then listen to the majority of the albums on GIITTV's albums of the year spotify playlist(including some that just didn't make it).
Vote for your TOP FIVE now, FIVE lucky entrants will win a stack of CDs from this year. Then the GIITTV's Readers and Writer's best fifty albums of 2009 lists will be published together, later this month. Like any list its subjective, do you disagree with the albums shortlisted? Do you think we missed your favourite out? Then what are you waiting for voice it below!