Thursday, December 17, 2009

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2009


9. Miike Snow- Miike Snow
I'm a sucker for albums that open with great 1-2-3 punches. The opening to this Swedish band's debut album seems almost formulaic in its structure. This is no surprise, because in the search for the formula of a hit song, the members of Miike Snow (its actually three guys) seem to be winning after having produced songs for Madonna, Kelis, Kylie Minogue, and the infectious "Toxic" by Brittany Spears. But back to the album. Track number one, "Animal" is the hit single, the catchy, bouncy nicotine that makes you interested; number two "Burial" (the Benny Blanco remix is actually superior) slows the pace a bit with a heavily overdubbed vocal collage over a piano-driven funeral march, but is nevertheless majestic in its muted dramatic shuffle; it is the third, however, that makes the trifecta great. The opening keyboard chords of "Silvia" are the immediate harbinger of greatness- greatness in the form of a lovesick organ rave-up. The formula works.

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