In with the new: a hasty look at the most interesting albums of 2009

back in 2009So you’re sick of reading end-of-the-year polls are you? Me too. I’ve already exorcised that demon. With nowt else happening as the nation sinks into the collective food and drink binge known as Christmas, maybe it’s a good time to have a quick peek at what musical treats next year has in store…

Only a handful of release dates have been announced so far, so it’s impossible to preview the year as a whole, but what do we know about already?

In late January, if all goes to plan, Animal Collective will have critics all a-flutter over their new album Merriweather Post Pavillion. I wasn’t too keen on last album Strawberry Jam, but you can guarantee this will be nothing if not experimental. On the same day Andrew Bird releases his eleventh album, Noble Beast, which I’ve already heard a muso friend describe in glowing terms.

A week later and we have a big new album closer to home to get excited about. Franz Ferdinand return after three years with Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. You’ve probably heard one of the singles – Lucid Dreams or Ulysses – and it sounds like the stylish Glaswegians are aiming straight for the indie disco, if indie discos still exist in 2009. Also on this day The Strokes’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture releases his first album as Nickel Eye. I’ve already heard the promo: it’s alright.

Into February and Montreal’s latest buzz band Handsome Furs bring us their second album Face Control. It’s being put out by Sub Pop, which means it must be good. Fact. An early contender for album of the year also arrives in the form of Hush by Asobi Seksu. I’ve heard it already and it’s rather good – poppier than Citrus but as epic as ever.

Commercially, the big album of February will most probably be Lily Allen‘s follow-up to the six times platinum  Alright, Still. Called It’s Not Me, It’s You, expect more ‘witty’, ‘edgy’ lyrics from the mouthy LDNer.

In March The Decemberists return with The Hazards of Love. Can we expect more sea-shanties and literary singalongs from these Pitchfork favourites? Time will tell.

And that’s about the point where all firm dates for your diary dissolve and we are left with lots of TBA-style conjecture. But others virtually guaranteed to come up with new music in 2009 include these notables: The Strokes (they’re expected to return to the studio in February), Outkast, Rufus Wainwright, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, The National, Morrisey, Matisyahu, U2 (yawn), The Fray (yawn), Kate Nash (yawn), Lionel Ritchie (yas!), Papa Roach (yawn), The Rifles (meh) Lady Sovereign (meh), The Feeling (YAWN!!!) and Kylie Minogue (yawn).

But all these pale into insignificance in comparison to what will surely be the album of the year: X Hits, the long-awaited greatest hits collection from failed reality TV show group Liberty X! Get in!

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5 responses to “In with the new: a hasty look at the most interesting albums of 2009

  1. Billy

    Seriously, the Andrew Bird album is brilliant. Of course, I’m awaiting the new AC album like an antsy kid on Xmas day but you need to hear the Wavves record (I think it’s out in Feb); it’s an exhilarating racket. Kinda like someone sticking your head in a dustbin and repeatedly rattling a baseball bat against it.

  2. That’s surely one of the most complimentary descriptions of a record ever. I’ll check those ones out though. Cheers man!

  3. I’ve not heard the new Franz singles but their last album was pants so not holding out a lot of hope. I just heard a song on 6 music by White Lies called ‘To Lose My Life’ – that really sounds like it should be Franz (crossed with The Bravery). http://www.myspace.com/whitelies

  4. I fully expect albums from Wilco and Midlake and hopefully Fionn Regan, but excited about the prospect of a new Andrew Bird album and the thought of anything by the National is always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

  5. Yes I forgot that it’s been the required 2 years since Midlake’s last. That should be good. Also failed to mention that Yeasayer are back in the studio, and Chris Keating said (see interviews on the right>>>) that the follow-up to All Hour Symbals will be even better. Cool.

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