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2009 Round-Up Part 4 – Best Albums (Top 10)

A few days later than planned, here is my Top 10 Albums of 2009 in full. If you missed the first part (numbers 25-11) you can find it here. Expect top 10 gigs to follow soon, and in the next week or so expect normal gig diary service to resume. Keen to hear other people’s top albums of the year so do leave a comment if you’ve gone to the trouble of compiling a list too.

10. Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers

When the Manics announced that they were to record a new album using lyrics left behind by (missing, presumed dead, original guitarist & lyricist) Richey Edwards there was a mixed response. Would they still be capable of writing songs worthy of Richey’s lyrics? Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the answer turned out to be a big yes! Combining their renewed energy and catchy tunes of previous album ‘Send Away The Tigers’ with the darkness of Richey’s lyrics, and early masterpiece ‘The Holy Bible’ it was a winning formula. An album that manages to sound modern, but still part of the early Manics (and Richey’s) legacy. No ‘hit singles’ to be found, but a great solid album that has managed to surprise a lot of people this year.

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2009 Round-Up Part 2 – Best Albums (25-11)

After much deliberating, I’ve put my shortlist of my top 25 albums of the year into some kind of order, and here is a rundown from 25-11. Look out for the top 10 soon. Several albums missed out on this list as I have only streamed them on Spotify and not yet bought them (sorry Flaming Lips!).

Righly or wrongly there are also a number of this year’s albums that I have enjoyed but just not listened to enough (including many that have done well in end of year polls), resulting in them missing out, but could have been included with more listens. Included in that list right now would be The Longcut, Animal Collective, Fever Ray, Grizzly Bear, and many more.

I have bought a lot of music this year and probably not appreciated it all to its full potential. Will my buying habits change next year? I can try but in all honesty it’s unlikely to happen!

Anyhow, without further ado, here are my best albums of the year, from 25-11.

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What albums am I missing this year?

It’s getting to that time of year where everyone is publishing their ‘albums of the year’ list, and so I’ve started thinking about mine. I’m starting to become aware of the many albums getting lots of praise that I have yet to hear, so thought it was worth asking the question – what should I listen to that I might have missed this year?

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