According to NPR’s Bob Boilen, “2009 has been one of the strongest years for new music in recent memory.” When listening to the latest releases by Animal Collective, Wilco, Neko Case, Andrew Bird, and Heartless Bastards, I’m inclined to agree.
NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year’s best music (so far) and kept the race tight. In the end, Animal Collective edged out every other artist for both Best Album and Best Song. Artists like Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists and Neko Case weren’t far behind.”
You can find a few of these albums on eMusic, which is still the best deal around for downloading legal, high-quality MP3s.