Top 10 Albums of 2009 // Presonka

January 15, 2010

10. Wilco // The Album:

Not their best but still a step up from from 2007’s Sky Blue Sky and a step sideways from 2004’s A Ghost is born.

9. The Gossip // Music for Men:

Chunky guitars, danceable drum beats, heavy disco influences (in a good way). Beth Ditto is a vocal goddess. Standout Tracks: Dimestore Diamond & 8th Wonder.

8. Jenn Grant // Echoes:

Jenn has a truly beautiful voice and this album shows that she knows heartache personally. Like she lived next door to it as a teenager and awkwardly dated it briefly in college. Stand out tracks: Sailing by Silverships & Blue Mountains.

7. Dog Day // Concentration:

Indie rock is alive and well and (still) living in Halifax. Fantastic album – if you ever get a chance to see them live do it.

6. Handsome Furs // Face Control:

Dan Boekner (also of Wolf Parade) can do no wrong. Everything he touches turns to musical gold. Love the song Evangeline

5. Patrick Watson // Wooden Arms:

Magnificently moody.  This is a great album worth getting lost in.

4. Grizzly Bear // Veckatimest:

Jason introduced me to them, and I’m so glad he did. Wonderful layered melodies that completely draw you in.

3. Japandroids // Post Nothing:

This Vancouver garage rock duo created an album of fuzzy guitar riffs & fuzzy vocals that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. Standout tracks: Young Hearts Spark Fire, The Boys Are Leaving Town & Wet hair.

2. Chad VanGaalen // Soft Airplane:

This Calgary based musician/artist’s most polished and consistent album to date. He seems to keep getting better with every new outing. Stand out tracks: Willow tree, Phantom Anthills & especially Bare Feet on Wet Griptape.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs // It’s Blitz:

Karen O has still got it! As if there was any doubt. Hopefully this isn’t their last album

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