Tuesday, December 08, 2009

NPR All Songs Considered Top 50 Albums of 2009

Here's the NPR list as supposedly voted on by listeners, but the list that people could vote for didn't have several albums (The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo, and many others) that I thought were worth listening to, so take the following list with a boulder of salt. And somehow Dark Night of the Soul got on there twice. All in all, not a very difinitive-looking list to me. Anyway, here it is:

Ballot Results: All Songs Considered Listeners Pick The Year's Best Music
by Robin Hilton

After a week of voting, the results are in: We've got the top 25 albums of 2009, as selected by NPR listeners in our online ballot, listed now on All Songs Considered. You can hear songs from each album and some brief comments from host Bob Boilen.

Here are some extended results from the ballot:

01. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
02. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion
03. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
04. Neko Case: Middle Cyclone
05. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast
06. The Decemberists: Hazzards Of Love
07. Wilco: Wilco (The Album)
08. Bon Iver: Blood Bank
09. The Avett Brothers: I And Love And You
10. St. Vincent: Actor
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz!
12. Regina Spektor: Far
13. M. Ward: Hold Time
14. The Swell Season: Strict Joy
15. Monsters Of Folk: Monsters of Folk
16. The Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
17. Passion Pit: Manners18.
Various: Dark Was The Night
19. Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career
20. Metric: Fantasies
21. Beirut: March of the Zapotec
22. The xx: XX
23. Bat For Lashes: Two Suns
24. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Up From Below
25. Modest Mouse: No One's First, And You're Next
26. The Dead Weather: Horehound
27. U2: No Line On The Horizon
28. Norah Jones: The Fall
29. Pearl Jam: Back Spacer
30. Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You
31. The Low Anthem: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
32. Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band: Outer South
33. Fever Ray: Fever Ray
34. The Antlers: Hospice
35. Bob Dylan: Together Through Life
36. Heartless Bastards: Mountain
37. Patrick Watson: Wooden Arms
38. Sonic Youth: The Eternal
39. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse: Dark Night Of The Soul
40. Girls: Album
41. Jay-Z: The Blueprint III
42. K'Naan: Troubadour
43. Silversun PIckups: Swoon
44. Antony and the Johnsons: Crying Light
45. Moby: Wait For Me
46. Mos Def: The Ecstatic
47. Franz Ferdinand: Tonight
48. Noah And The Whale: First Days Of Spring
49. Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid
50. Fanfarlo: Reservoir

Next week, Bob Boilen, Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and I will look at some of the year's biggest surprises, best new artists, biggest letdowns and more. That show will go up Monday, Dec. 14.


At 12/08/2009 9:40 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

The Sonic Youth and the Dirty Projectors albums are quite nice, actually. I have to mention the Raekwon and Brad Paisley albums, because I bought them. They are corny in opposed ways, and I like them both a lot.

Nobody mentioned David Sylvian's Manafon because nobody on earth liked that record but me.

I, however, liked it more than any record on earth.

At 12/08/2009 9:59 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I missed both of them. I'll come across them at some point, I hope.

But, um, yeah, you're all alone on the Manafon.

At 12/08/2009 10:00 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

You're also on your own with the Raekwon and Paisley. Alas.

I want to like a lot of things, I really do. But, you know.

At 12/08/2009 10:24 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

Indeed I do.

WV: awshirl

At 12/08/2009 12:49 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

I liked this record a lot too.

At 12/08/2009 12:55 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I liked Neutral Milk Hotel, but I never did get into The Mountain Goats. I'm daunted by the back catalogue now so I just kind of nod and pass.

Is Bruno like TMG?

I have to admit I kind of liked the first few tracks from the David Gray album. After that it got more and more MOR.

Right now I'm listening to a Lennon concert from 72. It was 29 years ago today.

At 12/08/2009 1:24 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Franklin is his own man, had his own band, Nothing Painted Blue. The first Extra Glenns record he did with John of the Mtn Gts is good. Rumor has it a second will follow this year.

I have most of the Mtn Gts catalogue through Get Lonely, not much since then. The ones I pay the most attention to are Tallahassee, We Shall All Be Healed and The Sunset Tree. In the spirit of your Flaming Lips post, I'd suggest trying "This Year" from Sunset Tree, then "Palmcorder Yajna" from WSABH, then "No Children" from Tallahassee. If those work for you, the rest of those albums might be a good fit.

Or you could just download "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton" and call it a day.

At 12/08/2009 1:26 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I don't know what that is.

I'll call "my guy" who I call about such things.

O, Death.

At 12/28/2009 10:31 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 12/28/2009 10:32 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

whoa, weird. all songs considered fans really aren't also fans of dirty projectors, are they? quite low on the list. in my opinion, the dp did the best job of combining innovation with listenablility, and a poll of 800 music bloggers agrees with me http://mog.com/features/blog/1650410

At 12/28/2009 10:44 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Number 16 isn't all that low, but I see your point after looking at the list you linked to. They really are reflecting different communities.

For me, I don't love the NPR list, but I'd say that not having Andrew Bird listed at all, and having Lady Ga Ga at 8 and Animal Collective at 2 (on the other list), makes me think the NPR list wasn't so bad.

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