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The Quietus Reductive & Subjective Albums Of The Year 20 - 1
The Quietus , December 8th, 2009 09:47

We continue the countdown of our favourite records of 2009

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5. Manic Street Preachers -
"Talk about hitting the ground running... If you'd read nothing of the background to the Manic Street Preachers' ninth album and instead expected a linear progression from 2007's comparatively camp and bombastic Send Away The Tigers; then this opening burst of acerbic, pumping rock-muscle will totally blind-side you. Recorded in Wales' Rockfield Studios during the latter part of 2008, Journal for Plague Lovers merges the last available musings of Richey Edwards and a mature band with the perspective and desire to process them." Mark Eglinton

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Damian
Dec 8, 2009 4:19pm

Cheers. Your number one isn't on Spotify. Darn.

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RedStripe
Dec 8, 2009 5:06pm

Sunn O))) :)

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James Holloway
Dec 8, 2009 6:18pm

2009. Year of the 'Claw.

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Dan John
Dec 8, 2009 11:57pm

my eyes are still wobbling from last night.

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Luke Turner
Dec 9, 2009 12:39am

In reply to Dan John:

Did you see them live? Half of Quietus will see them three times over the next week. The other half will see them once, and feels that is not enough.

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Karl Sweeney
Dec 9, 2009 8:07am

Refreshing list...featuring some albums I bought and loved c/o reviews I've previously read on The Quietus, in particular Soap&Skin and Sunn 0))).

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Ciara
Dec 9, 2009 9:05am

Wild Beasts at #4? The xx at #3? YES!!!!!!! Best. List. Ever.

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Dan John
Dec 9, 2009 2:54pm

In reply to Luke Turner:

Yeah, Once isn't enough. My girlfriend is seeing them in London, I may have to make the trip down, they were pretty incredible.

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Tim Russell
Dec 16, 2009 10:39am

Wish websites would stop doing this - end of year lists with 1 item per page. Takes ages to read. Put 'em all on one page please.

And no A Place to Bury Strangers? My fave of 2009 hands down.

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Chimpo
Dec 21, 2009 7:12pm

"reflecting nothing more than what we listen to in the office — mainly psych rock, African pop, doom metal, shoegaze, synthpop and horrortronix. "

Jesus.... I'm submitting this to Pseuds corner

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Luke Turner
Dec 21, 2009 7:41pm

In reply to Chimpo:

Now then, Chimpo you cheeky cove. That is actually a pretty realistic description of what emanates from the Quietus' speakers. Except when we're banishing the nihilism with Yacht Rock, of course.

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John Doran
Dec 22, 2009 9:50am

In reply to Luke Turner:

To be fair we should have also included minimal techno, Ethiopian jazz, electric Miles, EBM, The Fall and acid house as well.

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Rat Nagourney
Dec 29, 2009 5:16am

Yes sunn o))) rules! I thought Shrinebuilder was a H U G E dissappointement. I'm surprised no PAINS or GIRLS? at least no Dorito Projectors. Thank gawd.

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David McNamee
Jan 6, 2010 4:41pm

I have heard 3 of these albums, and like 2 of them.

2010 - year I get back in the game.

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David McNamee
Jan 6, 2010 4:44pm

In reply to Rat Nagourney:

Shrinebuilder is unimpressive on first few listens but a real grower. It's pretty successful given that the modus operandi was to do an entire album in 1 day or something, although it probably won't change anyone's lives. I love the outros though, and the way the songs morph.

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tonyharrow
Jan 15, 2010 8:52pm

what is the difference between your 'subjective reductive un-list' and any other end of the year/decade round up?

no one can speak objectively on their particular tastes in music, so subjectivity is assumed, no? as for reductive...well your list is largely eclectic - so it's a bit like comparing apples and oranges deductively.

i just don't understand the use of "un" as a prefix in this context. i've been seeing similar terminology used around the blogosphere and i'm wondering why?

why bother make lists comparing music if you beliefs run contrary to doing so? maybe i'm being too presumptuous but your choice of words has led me to believe so. nevertheless, using those words doesn't change the function of a list.

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