I though of starting this year's countdown to the Top 50 Albums of the Year a bit different. Since last year Athens66 wasn't on the air (net), I propose we start with a two-part post regarding our last year's favorites. This will give some insight on this year's choices and also (partly) justify my let-down of 2008. So here we go..
20 Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Although most people got sick of her after the constant media exposure, no-one can claim that this wasn't one of the albums of the year (yet most of us won't admit it)
19 Justice – Cross
Simply the dance album of the year. Probably a few years ago it would have been much higher on my list…but I've grown out of dance music ever since
18 Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
One of Sam Beams' best albums to date. A musical genius with amazing songs and lyrics..perhaps it should be higher up the list...perhaps..
17 Holy Fuck – LP
This may not be their best album, but they earned their place on this chart with their unbelievable energy during their live shows…
16 Amandine - Solace in Sore Hands
Sweet melancholy from Sweden...a real surprise for me (thanks to Zeugolator for this discovery)
15 Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
These guys seem to keep getting better and better (or perhaps Panda Bear just had an exceptionally good year!)
14 Great Northern - Trading Twilight for Daylight
One of the best debuts of the year by far…this is pure indie-rock and nothing else..loved it!
13 Scissors For Lefty - Underhanded Romance
Another indie-band playing simple pop/rock tunes that are just too catchy to ignore…(their single Ghetto Ways is still ringing on my mobile!)
12 The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
Great lyrics, great mood, great album covers and all this from the musical town of Glasgow…what else could we ask for from a debut?
11 Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Hailed by both bloggers around the world and Pitchfork…as we said, this was Panda Bear's year (but it just didn't inspire me enough to make it to the Top 10)