G's Top 9 albums of 2009
I can’t believe the year 2009 is almost over. December marks the time to look back on the high and low lights of the year we are about to finish.
2009 was a pretty lackluster year for music and it seems that each year gets worse, but never fear – I was still able to come up with my favorite 9 albums of 2009. I’ll take them row by row as pictured above. Read my thoughts after the jump.
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Sounds of the Universe - Out Now!
In a rather bold move, considering these tough economic times, Depeche Mode’s latest album “Sounds Of The Universe,” has been released in a limited edition deluxe box set format. Is it worth the hefty price tag? You bet! The box set comes with 2 Hardcover books that include exclusive photos, full lyrics, the album, the album in 5.1 Surround Sound – that also includes two lengthy video documentaries, postcards, pins, a poster, a certificate of authenticity and a disc of b-sides and remixes as well as a full length cd of demos from various stages of their career!
The demos are particularly interesting as you get to hear Martin Gore’s vocals on tracks that were made famous by Dave Gahan. Songs such as “Little 15,” “Walking in my Shoes,” “Clean,” and even the recent track “In Chains,” are in full demo-glory and are available only in this package. The B-sides and remixes disc features the track “Oh Well,” which is easily the best track Depeche Mode have released in a very long time. Again, you can only get that here. If you are a Depeche Mode fan, this box is for you!
Try walking in their shoes.