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The 2009 Top 20 Albums Of The Year #19
December 12, 2009, 11:58 am
Filed under: 2009 Top 20

The token ambient drone metal slot normally goes to Sunn o))), but their latest Monoliths & Dimensions sucks – they’ve stopped taking themselves mock-seriously (robes and faux-satanic portentousness) and started taking themselves seriously-seriously (opera singers and arts council funding).

So instead, let’s hear it for Nadja.

Number 19. Nadja – When I See The Sun Always Shines On TV

An album of covers done in a glacially slow dirgey style is not the most immediately compelling notion, but fuck me this is great. The Canadian duo (who have been making brilliant doom / stoner metal for years now among countless other projects) take tracks by The Cure, Slayer, Swans and (ahem) A-Ha and absolutely destroy them – it’s like hearing the originals after you’ve drunk three bottles of Benylin Drowsy (if you want a “special” cocktail recipe including the very same, message me).

Stand-out track for me is the My Bloody Valentine cover, which takes an already soaring, hallucinatory song and takes it somewhere even darker.

Nadja – Only Shallow
(When I See The Sun Always Shines On TV, The End Records)

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wonderful! though i must ask you to notify me of canadian bands BEFORE they play nova scotia – i could have seen them in a church hall in may just down the road – so please publish your best of 2010 list in January

Comment by eggman

To be honest, I didn’t even know they were Canadian till I wrote the post. Bloody great though 🙂

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