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My top albums of 2009 ...its a definite yes from me .

russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger"
 
The Duckworth Lewis Method
The Duckworth Lewis Method
"A stylish swish of an extemely elegant and tuneful blade . There is a quintessential air of English whimsy about some of the tunes that speaks of limitless affection and nostalgia for cricket ."
Tale to Tell
Tale to Tell
"Beautifully arranged , wonderfully performed , brimming with personality and vivaciousness. A delight from beginning to end.Sumptous elegant pop."
Checkmate Savage
Checkmate Savage
"This album is harder to pin down than an eel swathed in grease relaxing in a paddling pool made of butter. An eclectic mixture of thrilling hybrids."
Until The Earth Begins To Part
Until The Earth Begins To Part
"It's is breathtakingly complex but wholly accessible , It is resonantly emotive without resorting to cliché, bombast or trite sloganeering,It's a completely realised piece of work Stunning & then some"
One More Reason
One More Reason
"Melding reggae, dub, jazz and African rhythms Soothsayers third album manages the not inconsiderable feat of bring supremely laid-back and yet vivacious .Terrific stuff."
Lovetune For Vacuum
Lovetune For Vacuum
"It is quite breath taking in it's complexity and it's off kilter approach to song writing this is an album constantly on the cusp of a revelation."
xx (Digipack)
xx (Digipack)
"An enthralling restrained but extremely smart collection of songs that mingles something retro with the verve and sheen of the contemporary.XX marks the spot alright."
Bonfires on the Heath
Bonfires on the Heath
"Impeccably arranged slightly genteel and yet cracking songs that have an assiduous melodic knack and wistful regretful character.A beautifully realised album of quality English pop"
Truelove's Gutter
Truelove's Gutter
"Really we should just be grateful that music this special , this marvellously moving, exists at all. This gutter runs freely with the compasionate flow of human existence."
Riceboy Sleeps
Riceboy Sleeps
"While never achieving the ecstatic peaks of Sigur Ros there is a dignified splendour and hushed glory to the music on Riceboy Sleeps. It weeps buckets...very , very quietly ."
A Brief History Of Love
A Brief History Of Love
"A  band who are making guitar music something to get energized about again.The Big Pink are what the hadron Collider would sound like if it formed a band."
Lonely Road
Lonely Road
"I said it would be here ....and so it is. Really rather good solo album from the ex-Cousteau singer with the voice somewhat similar to some bloke called Walker."
Junior
Junior
"Might be the most unashamedly enjoyable album of the year. an album with real emotional impact , Also an album that connects with the heart as well as the hips and feet."
My One and Only Thrill
My One and Only Thrill
"Ohhhhhh we are talking real class here.Not only can she sing beautifully but she writes tremendous songs , impeccably arranged and with simple but hugely effective lovelorn lyrics. A smoky gem."
Origin: Orphan
Origin: Orphan
"Like God Speed You Black Emperor have suddenly acquired a love for Abba.  They have examined the wreckage of emotional carnage and bolted it onto the carapace of their ear for melody."
Eating Us
Eating Us
"The soundtrack to Last Of The Summer Wine envisioned by The League Of Gentlemen .A whimsical concoction of psychedelic pop & electronic cutting edge...or something like that."
Choral
Choral
"Choral is a rewarding beautific listening experience for those who have the patience and the inclination. Which i do.....so there."
To Be Still
To Be Still
"An album i would highly recommend. It has an intimacy and ambience that is hugely refreshing in these harum scarum times.Beguilingly beautiful"
The Sleeper/A Product Of The Ego Drain
The Sleeper/A Product Of The Ego Drain
"Americana with a pastoral English bent. The stuff of discreet dreams,"
Cut
Cut
"Virtually every song is a tenderly constructed mini-symphony featuring over-lapping harmonies, strings and lots of instrumental exotica.Thats a great thing in my ( unreleased) book ."
In This Light And On This Evening
In This Light And On This Evening
"A lot of people don,t like this but i think their suitably dark twist on electronic music is both thrilling , compelling and dramatic as ever.....well nearly."
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
Hymn To The Immortal Wind
"It is the hearts desire expressed  in a  world where words have ceased to have meaning . Majestic post rock almost classical in scope and complexity .A real work of art ."
Phenomenal Handclap Band (Dig)
Phenomenal Handclap Band (Dig)
"Embellishes its disco funk beats with twists of George Clinton's psychedelic funk and Curtis Mayfield's superfly grooves .It,s retro but with a modern twist.Give the band a hand."
Tarot Sport
Tarot Sport
"Unstoppable techno with a percussive momentum that is hard to resist and a sussed ear for sonic individuality . Get them on those B roads now."