Best Album of the Year

NME put out their list of the best albums of 2009. As I expected, it’s full of noisy, obscure Indie bands whose hipster factor outweighs their actual musical talent. I hadn’t heard of most of the bands (not surprising. I’m not British and I don’t read the NME) but I had a few of the albums on the list. Here’s my rankings, based on the music and how much I listened to that album:

Artist Album My Rank   
NME Rank
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Tonight: 1 43
Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You 2 25
Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum 3 11
Arctic Monkeys Humbug 4 12
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz! 5 3
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 6 34
Florence And The Machine Lungs 7 26
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream 8 42
Passion Pit Manners 9 37
Bat For Lashes Two Suns 10 22

So me and the NME don’t agree… At all. I listened to the top 10 and was not impressed. Methinks their writers are just trying to one-up each another in an inter-office indie battle of artfullness, disregarding what the listeners think.

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