Zach's Top 25 Albums of 2009

25.) Bowerbirds - Upper Air


23.) Royal Bangs - Let It Beep

22.) Dan Deacon - Bromst

21.) Antlers - Hospice

20.) Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
19.) Atlas Sound - Logos

18.) Sophie Madeleine - Love. Life. Ukulele
17.) Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - Know Better Learn Faster
Know Better Learn Faster

16.) Uninhabitable Mansions - Nature Is A Taker
15.) The Black Heart Procession - Six
14.) Chat - Folie Douce
13.) The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

12.) Dent May - The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
Meet Me In The Garden

11.) Crocodiles - Summer Of Hate
10.) Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
09.) Papercuts - You Can Have What You Want
08.) Tap Tap - On My Way
07.) Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
06.) The Mint Chicks - Screens
05.) Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms

An album that acts as a tip of the hat to a decade of synth sounds. It's a dreamy journey through both the beautiful and grimy sides of sound. Listening to this album makes your ears feel like they're on drugs...and they like the trip.

04.) Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

The most unique album of 2009. They push the envelop track after track and take music to the highest form of artistic exploration. When the needle lifts and jaws are tucked safely back in their upright position, this album is neatly stored forever in its own little nook of the mind.

03.) Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

No other album has the simple grace of this one. It's as smooth as silk and hits all the right spots. Imaginative and bold, Neko Case continues her march to music goddesses hall of fame with Middle Cyclone.

02.) Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Spencer Krug is a damn genius. The album is a relentless assault on the imagination. Dream scapes of floating notes are created and the lyrics act as floating blueprints to guide the way. The melodies disrupt the beauty of the sound only to present something even more beautiful. Every moment is a treasure.

01.) Clues - Clues

The perfect album. Comparative to waves crashing against tall rocks. The hands of two lovers, clinched tight, hitting at great force. The duality of dark and light is an age old theme in art, but Clues brushes off the dust and harnesses the theme to create the most emotional album of the decade. People say there is no such thing as perfection. When I hear this album, I think all those people are liars.

Best Song Of 2009: Andrew Bird - Anonanimal
Worst Album Of 2009: Discovery - LP


  1. Great list! Clues is personally my #2 of the year (behind Dragonslayer), but I definitely agree that it didn't get nearly the recognition it deserved.