The Red Alert's
Best Albums of 2009
2009 was kind of a prick. This was the main topic of conversation during the annual Red Alert retreat, ostensibly an event devoted solely to the scientific breakdown of which albums mattered most. When attention finally turned to our legal responsibility to produce a Best of 2009 list, jobless beards were stroked, lists were made and unmade on the backs of health insurance applications, and we all wondered aloud many times why we decided to have our retreat in Detroit.
When the dust cleared and the gunfire subsided, it was clear that there would be no room at the 2009 inn for some old friends. Bob Dylan? Turned away, right alongside Will Oldham, Neko Case and Regina Spektor (the latter the only genuine disappointment of the bunch). Sometimes bands were red-hot and lukewarm at the same time, as was the case with Silversun Pickups (#1 on one list, #71 on another).
Below you'll find the big winners that made bad times a little better. Or maybe they made the best of times a little more awesome.
If you'd rather, you can also skip straight to the Top 10.
Wishing you and yours a 2010 that turns pages where pages need turning,
The Red Alert
25. Heat-Ray - Loveallover (Pop Echo)
24. Sister Suvi - Now I Am Champion (Common Cloud)
Sister Suvi - The Red Alert Interview
Thao / Sister Suvi - Live - April 29, 2009
23. White Lies- To Lose My Life (Fiction)
White Lies - To Lose My Life [Review]
22. Antony and the Johnsons- The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)
"Epilepsy is Dancing"
21. fun. - Aim and Ignite (Nettwerk)
fun. - Aim and Ignite [Review]
20. The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy (Matador)
"At The Cut"
The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy [Review]
19. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. 2 (Ice H20/ EMI)
18. James Blackshaw- The Glass Bead Game (Young God)
James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game [Review]
17. Viva Voce - Rose City (Barsuk)
Viva Voce - Rose City [Review]
16. Porn Sword Tobacco - Everything is Music to the Ear (City Centre Offices)
Porn Sword Tobacco - Everything is Music to the Ear [Review]
15. Silversun Pickups - Swoon (Dangerbird)
14. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood (Vapor/Sire)
13. Dinosaur Jr - Farm (Jagjaguwar)
"I Want You to Know"
Lou Barlow - The Red Alert Interview
12. Metric - Fantasies (MMI)
Metric - Fantasies [Review]
11. Golden Bloom - Fan the Flames (The Sleepy West)
Golden Bloom - Fan the Flames [Review]
CONTINUE ON TO THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2009