Best Music of 2009 (Blurt)

My selections for the Best of 2009, as they appeared in Blurt’s “REVENGE OF THE WRITERS: Best & Worst of 2009”

Albums:

  • Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (Astralwerks)
  • Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know (Rhino)
  • Blind Man’s Colour – Season Dreaming (self-released)
  • Crippled Black Phoenix – 200 Tons of Bad Luck (Invada)
  • The Low Anthem – Oh My God Charlie Darwin (Nonesuch)
  • St. Vincent – Actor (4AD)
  • David Sylvian – Manafon (Samadhisound)
  • Visqueen – Message to Garcia (Local 638)
  • Wendy & Lisa – White Flags of Winter Chimneys (self-released)
  • Various Artists – Dark Was the Night (4AD)

Reissues/Archival:

  • Big Star – Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino)
  • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Contonou – Vol. 2: Echos Hypnotiques (Analog Africa)
  • Various Artists – Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 (Factory/Rhino)
  • Various Artists – Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81 (Soundway)
  • Various Artists – Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets (Rhino)

Artist Who Should Retire:
Prince – He released a decent album this year (Lotusflow3r), but packaged it with a truly subpar one (MPLSound) and an execrable “protege” product (Bria Valente), proving again that the man is his own worst enemy. The fact that he ripped off fans to the tune of $77 to access a website that implied (though, technically, didn’t promise) tons of material but delivered little more than the very same albums one could pick up at Target for $13. Seriously, dude: Just pay someone to build you a website where you can sell your unreleased tracks for $5 apiece; you’ll make a bajillion dollars and won’t have to worry yourself sick with keeping up with kids half your age.

Best Concerts:

  • Riverboat Gamblers
  • Motorhead
  • The Low Anthem

First appeared Dec. 24, 2009 at Blurt-Online.

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