The Year That Is, The Year That Was. Musically...

Sycophantically compiling end of year lists in November's one thing. Condensing twelve musical months, or 52 weeks, or 365 days, or 8,760 hours etc into 20 commendable efforts or so ranked more or less in terms of iTunes play counts, added to the entire rejection of any other records released over the course of those 525,600 minutes, seems rather futile. Squeezing a decade into a few albums more is simply ludicrous. When this decade commenced, I was twelve. To put it into perspective, the hypocritical adoration for X Factor that's engulfed Old Blighty was merely the terminology for a certain "je ne sais quoi" in the smug-as-fuck brain cells of Simon Cowell to ambiguously describe a spark he'd presumably never seen nor understood behind the eyes of a brain-dead postman/ call centre worker/ Sky dish installer, Hear'Say had just won Popstars and The Strokes were just getting to grips with This Is It, arguably the album of the decade. Popstars and This Is It were the first records of the decade I remember buying. Times have changed. Superficially at least. Hopefully...
No Play Counts were read nor harmed in the making of this post.

Dots & Dashes Tracks of '09

20. Lust For Life, Girls

19. Love Long Distance, Gossip

18. Treat Me Like Your Mother, Dead Weather

17. Daniel, Bat For Lashes

16. Heartbreaker, MSTRKRFT

15. Burial, Miike Snow

14. Oblivion, Mastodon

13. Crystalised, The XX

12. Bodies, Robbie Williams

11. Camera Talk, Local Natives

10. Headlock, Esser

9. Punk Spirit, Wave Machines

8. Barcelona, Plastiscines

7. Peeled Apples, Manic Street Preachers

6. Wonderful Life, HURTS

5. When I Grow Up, Fever Ray

4. Billionaires, Your Twenties

3. Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

2. Last Dance, The Raveonettes

1. Xtatic Truth, Crystal Fighters

Keep your apples, um, eyes peeled for the records that powered '09 in my shitty worthless opinion...