2009 in Music – What a Year


Dez 26 2009, 14h10

While it was a hard year for some in general, in terms of music this year was very interesting indeed. There were some surprising things on the way and others, not so surprising, going on. I found it easy to predict Lady GaGa's success, for example. Pop music needed someone new or at least reinventing old pop "virtues". ;) But then I didn't think I'd ever like her as much as I do now (thanks to The Fame Monster).
The biggest surprise for me was Bat for Lashes. I'd heard about Natasha and her band before but always thought they wouldn't bring anything new to my musical world. How wrong I was... And now Two Suns is one of my favorite albums this year. Sometimes change comes fast.
There were lots of new interesting things in general. It's all in my summary below. I hope your musical year 2009 was as good as mine. :)

A personal summary

Favorite albums of 2009

Tori AmosAbnormally Attracted To Sin, Midwinter Graces
A Fine FrenzyBomb in a Birdcage
Florence + the MachineLungs
Marina & the DiamondsThe Crown Jewels EP and various singles
Bat for LashesTwo Suns
Lady GagaThe Fame Monster
The Swell SeasonStrict Joy
Charlotte MartinPiano Trees

Plus some inofficial things like the Mad Fast Acoustic Tour Rehearsal of Charlotte Martin and Tori's live concert on Facebook.

This year's best albums are for me Two Suns and Midwinter Graces.

Song of the year

Fast Horse by Tori. By far the most important song for me this year. Really mirrored some personal feelings and always was some kind of support for me.

Honorable Mentions: Still Alive by Lisa Miskovsky, Just So by Agnes Obel,When I Grow Up by Fever Ray, I Am Not a Robot and Mowgli's Road by Marina, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) by Florence, Blow Away by AFF, Travelling Woman and Peace of Mind by BFL and last but not least Tori's Snow Angel and Winter's Carol.

Newcomer of the year

Marina & the Diamonds. She's just beginning but next year she's gonna blow it. 2010 is Marina time! :D

New discoveries

Agnes Obel - fav.: Riverside
Alan Stivell - fav.: An Alarc’h
Arcade Fire - fav.: Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
Bat for Lashes - fav.: Glass
Brendan Croskerry - fav.: She's Alright
Bryan Matuskey - fav.: My Holding on
Damien Rice - fav.: 9 Crimes
deadmau5 - fav.: Ghosts N Stuff
Dear Euphoria - fav.: Pop Pills
Digital Noise Academy - fav.: Melting Inside
Faun - fav.: Rad
Fever Ray - fav.: When I Grow Up
Florence + the Machine - fav.: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Fritz Hayden - fav.: Doncha Know
Gabriela Kulka (Gaba Kulka) - fav.: Hat, Meet Rabbit
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
Gossip - fav.: For Keeps
Happy Rhodes - fav.: Immortality (cover)
Jennifer Grassman - fav.: At The Back Of The North Wind
Kari Bremnes - fav.: Birds
Kerli - fav.: Walking on Air
Marina & the Diamonds - favorite: Mowgli's Road
Miike Snow - fav.: Burial
Mr. Meeble - fav.: Dragonfly
Polly Scattergood
Tri Yann - fav.: Tri Martolod

Most-played artists

1 Tori Amos 2,971
2 Charlotte Martin 791
3 Kate Bush 659
4 Nightwish 381
5 Snow Patrol 381
6 Marina & the Diamonds 327
7 Loreena McKennitt 263
8 Lady Gaga 247
9 Bat for Lashes 238
10 Tina Dico 223

Most-played albums

1 Tori AmosAbnormally Attracted To Sin 889
2 Charlotte MartinOn Your Shore 311
3 Snow PatrolA Hundred Million Suns 302
4 Tori AmosAmerican Doll Posse 234
5 Loreena McKennitt & Douglas CampbellElemental 206
6 Charlotte MartinMystery, Magic and Seeds 179
7 Bat for LashesTwo Suns (Special Edition) 169
8 Tori AmosScarlet’s Walk 146
9 Kate BushHounds of Love 142
10 Marc CohnMarc Cohn 141

Most-played songs

1 Loreena McKennitt & Douglas CampbellLullaby 206
2 Tori AmosFast Horse 165
3 Tori AmosWelcome to England 100
4 Celtic WomanThe Voice 90
5 A Fine FrenzyCome On, Come Out 86
6 Tori AmosOphelia 75
7 Bon JoviHave A Nice Day 71
8 A Fine FrenzyBlow Away 67
9 Snow PatrolTake Back the City 65
10 Snow PatrolDisaster Button 65


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