Speakers Push Air

The 2009 Top 20 Albums Of The Year: #9
December 22, 2009, 1:17 pm
Filed under: 2009 Top 20

As I said back at #20, circumstances have shaped my listening more than usual this year. So while there was a lot of sitting, a lot of “deep listening”, and a lot of trying not to nod out and drool on my dressing gown, there wasn’t a whole lot of punk rockin – so Part Chimp, NoFX and the like didn’t make the cut – and there was even less dancing (apart from when I was very drunk at a couple of festivals. Which was an ugly, ugly scene, trust me). So the chart is almost entirely free of anything you can dance to (fuck knows what you’re supposed to do to a Fuck Buttons track – perhaps roll around shouting and spasming, which is roughly what the aforementiond ugly scenes looked like anyway). But this album was so damn good it had me waving my crutch in the air like I just didn’t care.

Number 9: Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do

The actual ‘Major Lazer’ idea is a bit weak, to be honest, a kind of rudeboy Gorillaz deal (apparently he’s a Jamaican commando and lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984), but never mind that. Diplo (who’s release schedule is such that I only hear a fraction of what he’s up to, but usually love it) and Switch have managed to meld a crazy dayglo mixture of styles – ragga / reggae predominantly, but a lot else besides – and a damned impressive line-up of guests, and make it work as a coherent, if thrillingly chaotic, whole. It’s packed with singles, actual and potential, but still works as an album. Apparently it’s been a dancefloor smash, not that I’d know, but I will confirm that it’s good for twitching along to in the van. No idea if there will be another album, but this one is a beauty.

Major Lazer – Hold The Line ft Mr Lexx & Santigold
(Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do, Downtown / Universal)

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