I didn't really get to follow a lot music this year. I was pretty broke all year and it's hard to follow music when you ain't got no paper. But I've been slowly but surely going back and getting a bunch of new albums that I couldn't afford earlier this year. I also wasn't really inspired by much music this year. I just found a lot of it boring and tired. I'm so sick of bearded acoustic flannel-folk. I'm waiting for something exciting/dangerous to come out and rock my socks off. There really wasn't anything life-altering or incredibly exciting this year. It was just mostly... aight.
Maybe 2k10 will be a "comeback year". Looking forward to new releases by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and (hopefully) D'Angelo and Kanye West. N E Wayz... peep my list. And haters to the left.
1) Annie "Don't Stop"
2) The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart"
3) XX "XX"
4) Raekwon "Only Built For Cuban Linx... Part II"
5) Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavillion"
6) Morrissey "Years of Refusal"
7) Dead Weather "Horehound"
8) Kid Cudi "Man on the Moon: The End of Day"
9) Japandroids "Post-Nothing"
10) Yeah Yeah Yeahs "It's Blitz!"
11) Girls "Album"
12) Atlas Sound "Logos"
13) Antony and the Johnsons "The Crying Light"
14) Jay-Z "Blueprint 3"
15) The Field "Yesterday and Today"
16) Kid Sister "Ultraviolet"
17) Sonic Youth "The Eternal"
18) PJ Harvey and John Parish "A Woman A Man Walked By"
19) Fever Ray "Fever Ray"
20) Ghostface Killah "Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry In Emerald City"
I was disappointed in a lot of albums this year... especially the new Clipse and Jay-Z albums. But the most disappointing album this year was the new Bob Dylan album called "Together Through Life". It's not awful or anything... it's just boring and tired and a little uninspiring.
As an avid Dylan fan, I've been amazed at how great he has been the last 12 years. Seriously, Dylan's last three albums, "Time Out of Mind", "Love and Theft" and "Modern Times" are seriously amazing and historic. There has never been quite an artistic and relevant comeback in rock & roll history. Seriously, Dylan was pretty mediocre for 20 years before his artistic renaissance in 1997 with the beautiful "Time Out of Mind". Nobody else has ever done that... legends like McCartney, Prince and Robert Plant release albums every year but they will never approach their earlier work. Dylan's last 3 records rival anything he's ever done in the 60's and 70's. And it was a shame (although inevitable) that this artistic renaissance had to come to a halt eventually... and it happened with "Together Through Life". I'm not saying he won't recapture the magic on his next album, but it's kinda hard to find it after you lose it. And he lost it on "Together Through Life". Again, it's not awful. It's actually pretty good. But it's not great. It's definitely a step back after his previous three classics. And that's disappointing to me.
You are what you like.