So in summary…

1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
3. Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
4. Clues – Clues
5. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
7. The Antlers – Hospice
8. Patrick Kelleher – You Look Cold
9. Hunter-Gatherer – I Dreamed I Was A Footstep In The Trail Of A Murderer
10. Burywood – There Exists An Abstraction Ladder
11. Christmas Island – Blackout Summer
12. HEALTH – Get Color
13. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
14. Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard – Em Are I
15. Times New Viking – Born Again Revisited
16. Future of the Left – Travels With Myself And Another
17. The XX – xx
18. Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
19. BATS – Red In Tooth and Claw
20. Port O’Brien – Threadbare
21. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
22. Karen O and the Kids – Where The Wild Things Are OST
23. Sky Larkin – The Golden Spike
24. Girls – Album
25. Wavves – Wavvves

This is what the list looks like all in one place. Do you ever get the feeling the ending is set before you even begin? Well, I’m sure if you’ve been around, you knew it was going to MPP all along. I think I kind of knew it was going to be MPP since about Christmas 2009. But predestination didn’t stop puritans banning dancing, so I didn’t let it stop me. Hope you enjoyed skimming the reviews 1% as much as I enjoyed listening to the albums.

Thanks to the three guest bloggers, Ana, Aidan and Hardcore For Nerds, who came all the way from fashion-blogging, lo-fi and Tumblr respectively to do what they did. All were genuinely interesting to read, and took time they didn’t need to take, so I hope you enjoyed them.


Irish: 12% (2008: 12%)
By bands I was already into before 2009: 36% (2008:40%)
Saw live: 64% (2008: 48%)
Reviewed for print: 52% (2008: 32%)
Interviewed for print: 12% (20% including Interview Project. 2008:12%)
Owned on CD or vinyl: 48% (2008: 40%)

More Stats

Average Pitchfork rating of top 25*: 8.03
Average Pitchfork rating of top 5: 8.38
Average Metacritic score of top 5: 8.08
Average State score of top 5: muddy brown**
Overlap with top 25 of NME’s 50 Best Albums: 36%
Overlap with top 25 of Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums: 28%
Overlap with top 25 of State’s 75 Best Albums: 28%

* Five albums (BATS, Burywood, Hunter-Gatherer, Patrick Kelleher and Sky Larkin) were not reviewed by Pitchfork.
** This is a mild joke.


2 responses to “So in summary…

  1. Wild Beasts – Two Dancers is sorely missing; fantastic album. Past that you list is pretty spot on.

  2. I actually did have and listen to Two Dancers but never took to it. I had Limbo, Panto as well. Despite having all the time in the world for Dave Longstreth’s ridiculous voice and bizarre meanderings, I never learned to live with the Wild Beasts guy’s weirdness.

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