Albums of ’09

8 12 2009

As things start to wind down, all the magazines are printing their lists of the year as not much else is happening. Last month you may remember I submitted my albums of the year for NME and Hot Press and as they’re now published I can post up what  I submitted (exciting, eh?). I haven’t seen Hot Press’ list yet, but I have seen NME’s and I think it’s quite similar so I’m on the same page as at least a few folk. Pick up this week’s copy as I’ve written some of the accompanying blurbs.

Anway-enough labbering-here’s my albums of the year (insert drum roll here)

Albums Of The Year (Edwin McFee)

1.      Gallows ‘Grey Britain’ (Warner Bros)

2.      Kasabian ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ (RCA/Columbia)

3.      Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘It’s Blitz!’ (Interscope)

4.      Therapy? ‘Crooked Timber’ (Demolition Records)

5.      The XX ‘XX’ (Young Turks)

6.      The Cribs ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ (Wichita)

7.      Morrissey ‘Years Of Refusal’ (Decca)

8.      Julian Plenti ‘Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper’ (Matador)

9.      Iron Maiden ‘Flight 666 Soundtrack’ (EMI)

10.    Lily Allen ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’ (Regal)

11.    Amanda Blank ‘I Love You’ (Downtown Records)

12.    Karen O and the Kids ‘Where The Wild Things Are OST’ (DCG)

13.    Rancid ‘Let The Dominoes Fall’ (Hellcat)

14.    Spinnerette ‘Spinnerette’ (Anthem)

15.    Dananananaykroyd ‘Hey Everyone!’ (Best Before)

16.    Kill It Kid ‘Kill It Kid’ (One Little Indian)

17.    Paramore ‘Brand New Eyes’ (Fuelled By Ramen)

18.    Empire of the Sun ‘Walking On A Dream’ (EMI)

19.    Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’ (14th Floor)

20.   And So I Watch You From Afar ‘And So I Watch You From Afar’ (Smalltown America)


24 02 2009

On Friday night, I jumped straight off the train and headed towards the Odyssey for Kaiser Chiefs, Black Kids and Dananananykroyd as I was there to do a review. While the headliners weren’t the best I’ve ever seen, I am quite partial to Dananananykroyd and in order to convince others of their amazingness (yeah, that’s not really a word) here’s a review I did of their debut for Hot Press.


Hey Everyone (Best Before)

Four out of five


Occupying the same territory as Johnny Foreigner and to a lesser extent our own Fight Like Apes, the impossibly named Dananananaykroyd are the musical equivalent of drinking a six pack of Red Bull. Every track bursts from the speakers like a hyperactive four year old high on gummy bears. ‘Watch This!’ is sonic adrenaline, ‘Black Wax’ is one of the catchiest tunes of the year and ‘The Greater Than Symbol & The Hash’ is as spiky as an iron maiden. As debut records go, Hey Everyone is up there with the very best.


Key Track: ‘The Greater Than Symbol & The Hash’ 

Edwin McFee