Been away for awhile, work crazy, but finally getting a bead on some of 2009's top releases.
For my money going into the fourth quarter, Grizzly Bear's Veckitamist is the album to beat, and the year's one minor masterpiece. I anticipate Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion will top the majority of year end polls (unless Raekwon continues to build momentum), and I have it ranked second on the year, but Grizzly Bear is just a superior grower...sounds better after every listen, and I'm deep into double digits now.
Other 2009s that continue to intrique are limited, Morrisey's Years of Refusal has continued to grow on me, Bill Callahan's track All Thoughts are Prey to Some Beast is the year's standout folk track, and I think the best songs on Antony and the Johnson's The Crying Light are amazing...but that's about it for me for solid or strong recommends at present.
Looking forward to picking up The XX, Japandroids, Manic Street Preachers, Pearl Jam, Raekwon, The Antlers, and Soulsaver in near future.