Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.
Chris Baynes has been writing for PopMatters since 2007. He currently studies English and Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, where he spends his time being mildly dissatisfied with the quota of small, cute, furry things in his life, but fairly happy with the amount of free music he receives. He refuses to divulge his musical inspirations and favourite genres in case he decides he doesn't like them anymore and looks silly. Chris's life has thus far seen a trickle of 'ideas', both literary and musical, the majority of which fail to progress any further than this formative stage. His plan is to increase his productivity in proportion to his age.
Bruce Springsteen? Drowning rats? Steve Reich and the joyous art of hedonism? These are the least interesting topics that Wild Beasts talk about following a year of well-deserved acclaim for their sophomore album.
30 Nov 2009
John Congleton and Co's fifth full-length release removes the dark shawl of nihilism from the shoulders of the individual and tosses it instead over humanity at large.
22 Nov 2009
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