best albums of 2009

You won’t find any Gaga or Animal Collective on this here list. I’ll leave that to the SPIN‘s and Pitchfork‘s. This honorary list is compiled beyond the qualifications of merely good singles (see those that made the best tracks of ’09 here) and is based heavily on the artist’s cohesive vision. Where have all the LP’s gone? Ask iTunes. These are the select few that made start-to-finish listens …

10 Memoirs of an Imperfect AngelMariah Carey

When did Mariah Carey start making good pop music? When she ditched J.D. and hired The-Dream. Her lyrics have never been more witty, catchy, or ironic. While it may have already been labeled a flop, Memoirs still has more hidden hit singles than any other Carey effort to date.

09 Attention DeficitWale

We waited on Wale’s debut LP for what felt like a century. The wait was worth it.

08 Manners – Passion Pit

Buffalo’s own debut may sound like an Urban Outfitters but all-in-all set off an eclectic-electro bomb on the mainstream. Now they’re featured on a corporate Palm commercial. Congrats?

07 Jay Stay PaidJ Dilla & Various Artists

Some of Dilla’s best beats are ressurected with verses by Black Thought, arrangements by Pete Rock, and a slew of others. Dilla refuses to lose relevance, even after death.

06 So Far GoneDrake

From TV teen to Young Money millionaire, Aubrey “Drake” Graham defied the usual hoodlum aesthetic with ease and intelligence on his first major mixtape offering. Re-released as an LP, So Far Gone is as suburban as it is street, collegiate as it is teeny-bop.

05 Huntsville InternationalG-Side

From the bottom of the map, G-Side‘s moved up the radar with their ’09 release. Articulate and at times psychedelic and ambient, the group mixes up a hot pot of neo-soul, g-funk, gangster rap, and ‘Bama beats.

04 Life of LeisureWashed Out

It’s hard to create a sound of one’s own. But for Washed Out, it was overly-simple. No-Fi sounds like the most gorgeous gibberish in the world. As if blaring from broken 80’s walkman headphones hooked up to big ass speakers, Life of Leisure is beyond perfection.

03 SlaughterhouseSlaughterhouse

The best posse album (or therefore posse) since Wu-Tang’s 90’s reign, Slaughterhouse is murderous, venomous, vicious fun.

02 PLW3D – Eliot Lipp

I’ve never been an electronica fan… that is, until Lipp made a home out of my speakers. Beginning to end, PLW3D is an audio blockbuster.

01 Love Vs. MoneyThe-Dream

Turn on the radio and you’ll be undertaken by Terius “The-Dream” Nash’s formulaic pop contributions. His second solo project, Love Vs. Money, plays like a rock opera complete with organs, skyscraping synths, and verbal hiccups. Eh eh eh eh. Music will never be the same.

Honorable Mentions:
Forever King – 50 Cent, ‘Til The Casket DropsClipse &
The Beat Made Me Do It, Vol. 1 – Freeway & Don Cannon

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