2009 | The Year in CDs
LET'S HEAR IT: The Globe's music critics pick their favorite 10 albums of the year and from each writer — a noteworthy surprise.
Boston Music Awards crowns Bad Rabbits artist of the year, other winners The Liberty Hotel hosted the 26th Boston Music Awards on Sunday night, and the music-filled evening crowned locally-bred band Bad Rabbits the artist of the year. Album of the year went to Kingsley Flood's "Battles" and rock artist of the year went to Boston Calling veteran Deer Tick....
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Lady Gaga had a big year in 2009, and while certain Globe critics were known to sing along to "Poker Face" in their cars, it was the smaller releases — like M. Ward and Neko Case — that they tended to savor.
Globe critics' top picks
"Because I Was in Love" – the "spare and hypnotic debut" from Sharon Van Etten – makes this pop music critic's list. See what other albums made the cut.
The Avett Brothers's "I and Love and You" had the best of everything according to this music critic. Find out why, and check out her other picks.
One of the ten albums that this arts writer has picked is Andrew Bird's "Noble Beast." "Fourteen slices of sublime chamber-pop," Anderman writes.
"Everything about this album was a push for the pop charts," Benbow writs about Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3. See which other hip hop albums made his list.
Kat Edmonson's "Take to the Sky" makes Steve Greenlee's top 10 list because of her distinctive voice and inventive style. Check out his other picks.
"Shostakovich's brilliant satirical early opera finally gets the recording it deserves," writes Jeremy Eichler. See more of his classical music picks.
"After Robots" from the Johannesburg foursome BLK JKS makes this critic's list of world music picks for its "textured, driving, psychedelic rock."
Caroline Herring's "Golden Apples of the Sun" made this critic's list of best folk albums of the year. Find out why, and check out his other picks.