Articles Tagged ‘Best of 2009’
Even though things have been rough in every other respect of 2009, let’s face facts: Culture has been good this year. Great music, modern classics in the theater, and, most importantly, life-changing books.
I’ll make this quick—these are my favorite albums of the year. Needless to say, I also think they are the best albums of the year, but I recognize that I only heard a microfraction of the music released this year, and I missed out on a lot. And probably forgot a few more. But this is 2009, as I heard it—and as I heard it, 2009 was a very good year.
As I finalize my list of the 10 best albums of 2009—as well as what you have here, some of the best albums of 2009 that didn’t make my list—I recognize two things: (1) anything here could be in my actual Top 10, and anything in my Top 10 could be here, and I’d still like both lists just as much as I do now; and (2) these lists serve absolutely no purpose to anyone except (maybe) me. Next week is my Top 10 itself—which will be counted down with actual numbers and everything. Will you care about that, then? I imagine not. But just the same, I can’t help recommending this music, all of which made my 2009 a lot better.
Last week, I got my 2009 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll ballot, which means it is officially, finally, not too early for me craft my list of the 10 best albums of 2009. Naturally, this is a list I have been compiling literally all year long, and of course, I’ve listened to, and loved, a lot of albums this year—way too many to fit into a Top 10. So, I’m expanding my definition of Top 10…and making it a Top 30!