As you may or may not know, scrambling to assemble a Top Ten list of the year for anything is a pain in the ass, since many times eligible films and albums don’t come out until December. For that reason (let’s put procrastination aside for a moment) my deadline has always been Super Bowl Sunday, which use to be sometime in January. This year the Gods of Sport have decided to move the game back into February, probably to pretend its part of the Winter Olympics. And with all the wonderful decisions they have been making, who are we to question the brilliance of network television executives?
But each year the deadline for the Village Voice gets earlier. So while I am still filtering through decisions on the lower end of the top forty, the Top Ten is cut in stone. (The full list will be available after the Super Bowl.)
I’ve already posted reviews for some of these albums, others will be forthcoming (some are not yet published in the respective magazines they were submitted to). So without further ado, I hereby announce my choices for the Top Ten Albums of 2009:
One : Love and Curses (The Reigning Sound)
Two: Lions in the Street (Lions in the Street)
Three: National Champions (Olympic Ass Kicking Team)
Four: 1372 Overton Park (Lucero)
Five: Learning Love (Bobby Emmett)
Six: More Like Me (Webb Wilder)
Seven: Tinted Windows (Tinted Windows)
Eight: Little White Lies (Fastball)
Nine: Spills and Thrills (John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives)
Ten: House To House (Tripwires)
Link to my Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot.
R.I.P. – the Greta Garbo of authors, J.D.Salinger