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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 20 Albums of 2009: 20-19

20. Danny - Set Your Body Free



Released around the turn of the year, this album soundtracked a particularly snowy part of winter for me. It’s not the kind of music that’s going to change lives or redefine the pop landscape, but it’s one of the more consistently upbeat and catchy dance albums of the year. I loved the lead single Radio in 2008, but there’s much more than that to enjoy here. Unfortunately, all of the wrong singles were chosen this year, resulting in a stalled campaign that never allowed the album the success it deserved. Hopefully he’ll come back even stronger.

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19. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again



If I had to pick one teen pop/fluff album this year (and there were many), it would be Demi Lovato’s sophomore release. I wasn’t a fan up until this point, but was floored by the mature, almost Alanis-type pop/rock found here. It reminded me of the late nineties, just before the big pop boom, when music didn’t necessarily need a hip-hop beat or electro undertone to be successful. This may sound weird coming from a huge electro fan like me, but it appealed to my sense of nostalgia. Better yet were the songs. They’re universally strong, and Lovato’s vocals are really quite impressive for someone so young.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

Poor Danny - much like Mans he was scuppered (as you say) with the wrong singles (though Mans was occassionally right singles, wrong time of year). Radio was a fine start but where was the title track as a follow up? (A track that is still being pilfered by lots of wannabe British pop acts...)

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