21 Dec 2009, 05:46
2009 injected a much needed spark of vitality into my new music consumption habits.
While 2008 was not a year to scoff at, it wasn't until the waning months of the year that an increased output of goodness saved the day (re: Killers, Kanye, Keane, Kings of Leon). Those releases ended up being so good that they dominated much of 2009: not only did we get one of the biggest hits of '09 from the most unlikely of sources (Kings of Leon
's "Use Somebody
"), but we also got the Face of 2009, Kanye West, who released the best album of '08 and ruled over '09 (until he went and messed it all up by bullying a little white girl).
I haven't been this excited about a year in music since 2007, when we got nailed with a trio of this decades new classics (M.I.A.
's In Rainbows
, and Amy Winehouse
's Back to Black
). Let's face it: my 2008 only had one contender -- Coldplay -- and that wasn't even a contest.
So in 2009, the wealth of great music that we've been inundated with…