Here's a list of my ten favourite albums of the past year:
1. The Horrors - Primary Colours
2. Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
3. Handsome Furs - Face Control
4. The xx - xx
5. jj - jj No. 2
6. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
7. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
8. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
9. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust
10. Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth
I could go on an on about how great all of these albums are and why, but it's always better if you hear some of the music for yourself. So here's a link to download a mix with two tracks from each album... http://www.mediafire.com/?m4mnyjt1yhi
Also, here are a bunch more great albums from 2009 that I really liked...
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Mew - No More Stories Are Told Today...
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
The Juan MacLean - The Future Will Come
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Peter Doherty - Grace/Wastelands
The Rakes - Klang
Maximo Park - Quicken The Heart
Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young
The Raveonettes - In And Out Of Control
A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love
Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
Air - Love 2
Julian Plenti - ...Is Skyscraper
Crystal Antlers - Tentacles
Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall
Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
I've also put together another sampler with one song from each of the above albums. And in addition to those 21 songs, the second mix continues with 15 excellent songs from albums which I though were merely alright overall; or songs which were only released as one-off singles.
You can download the entire 'best-of-the-rest' mix here:
Enjoy! And please support great music - get a turntable and buy the albums you love on vinyl, and try to see the bands live in concert!