50 tracks of 2009

Monday, 11 January 2010, 23:59 | Category : Lists
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Right, this 2009 stuff has to stop here. There’s a whole lot of reasons (well one big one) why this list is so late, but no need to go into that, and now I just want to get it over with. So no double-checking to see if it really is the one I wanted. It [...]

Top 10 gigs of 2009

Thursday, 24 December 2009, 11:54 | Category : Lists
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This was a decent year for gigs, which means that I can actually do a top ten gigs this year, without listing almost all the gigs I went to. However, it’s the calm before the storm. The anticipated arrival of Baby Growl No.2 in early February means that the first half of next year will [...]

Albums of the year: top 10

Thursday, 24 December 2009, 1:04 | Category : Lists
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10. M. Ward - Hold Time
The sixth album by Matthew Ward saw him hitting a rich vein of form. It’s slick without being overproduced, familiar without outstaying its welcome. It’s not bright and shiny and it’s definitely not the cool sound of 2009. It’s just Ward knocking out some great rock ‘n’ roll and classic [...]

Albums of 2009: 20-11

Saturday, 19 December 2009, 1:04 | Category : Lists
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Finally, I’ve got round to compiling my albums of 2009. I’ve got a top 20. Not a top 10 because there’s always more than ten records I’d like to mention. Not a top 30 or 50 because there seems little point in grading anything any further. Basically, ten albums I really liked and ten more [...]