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lundi 21 décembre 2009

2009 Best Albums

Here we are. With 2010 closing up, a music blogger would traditionnally publish his top 10. This is tough job. I’ve gone through countless records this year but few have remained for long on my ipod. In fact, I cannot really make a top 10 while knowing since January 2009 that nobody would make a better album than Delhi-6 other than A.R. Rahman himself. Let’s say, Blue just didn’t reach that level.
So yes, the winner is *drumroll* A.R. Rahman for Delhi-6 ! These are the songs I’ve listened to and sung the most. In fact, Rehna Tu is the best song of the year, in my opinion.
Remember, this represents solely my musical taste. I’ve been trying since the later half of this year to single out my monthly best. These albums, plus my listening stats at lastfm, have been useful in drafting this top of 2009.
You’re most welcome to refute my choice. If there’s something I’ve missed, please add it in the comments. Obviously, each person is listening to something else on his ipod. We are all in our own micro-genres. I love this diversity, but I’d also like this diversity to be shared. Never be ashamed of your musical taste.
OK, the number 1 spot is already fixed. I’ll just mention the rest now. First, I won’t go the Mauritian radio way of having two distinct categories: a top Indian and a top Occidental. I’ve just listed below the albums that I’ve found interesting this year and wouldn’t mind listening over again. Here’s my top of 2009:

A.R. Rahman - Delhi-6
Abraham Inc. - Tweet Tweet
Advaita - Grounded in Space
Amit Trivedi - Dev.D
Anouar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes Of Rita 
Avishai Cohen - Aurora
Balmorhea - All Is Wild, All Is Silent
Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Charlie Winston - Hobo
The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be
Dhruv - Distance
The Dodos - Time To Die
Fink - Sort of Revolution
Imogen Heap - Ellipse
Just Jack - All Night Cinema
K'Naan - Troubadour
Kailash Kher - Kailasa Chaandan Mein (& Yatra - Nomadic Souls)
Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Kings of Convenience - Declaration of Dependence
Megafaun - Gather, Form & Fly
Mekaal Hasan Band - Saptak
Mùm - Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know
Noah And The Whale – The First Days Of Spring
Peter Broderick - 4 Track Songs
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Piyush Mishra - Gulaal
Regina Spektor - Far
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy - Luck by Chance
The Swell Season - Strict Joy
Vishal Bhardwaj - Kaminey
Vishal-Shekhar - Aladin
Volcano Choir - Unmap
Yodelice - Tree of Life
Special mentions for:
Amit Trivedi: He has brought much needed fresh tunes to Indian cinema. He’s been called the next Rahman since Dev.D and he deserves it.
Justin Vernon: Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago (2008) could easily make it to the best of the decade. So bad, I was late to discover it. Thankfully, Volcano Choir didn’t deceive either with Unmap.
The Swell Season: The band to whom I gave the most exposure this year. Strict Joy is a new collection of simple yet pounding love songs after the soundtrack for ONCE. I wish they had more exposure in France.¨
Piyush Mishra: This actor/composer/dialogue writer/lyricist and what else should be showered with awards for his work with Anurag Kashyap for the movie Gulaal.
The Dodos: I particularly enjoyed Time to Die. While most credit has gone to Animal Collective this year in the psychedelic folk genre, I’ve been mostly drawn to this little energetic band which goes with less instruments for a greater effect.
Kailash Kher: I didn’t listen to a lot a Indipop this year but Kailasa Chaandan Mein was one of the few. It took me some time to enjoy the songs. Now I keep adding stars to them every now and then. Third album and the band is still going strong!
That’s it. 30+ records for you to check out and for me to enjoy again.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

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