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20 Watts’ Best of 2009 by 20watts

20 Watts brings you the Best Albums of 2009!

So, the champagne’s out, the fireworks have stopped, the ball has dropped. The year 2009 may be long gone … But the music is still here — vibrant and waitng for masses who have yet to consume it! Naturally we want to help y’all out. Here’s 20 Watts’ list of the 20 best albums of 2009, from us to you! Enjoy!

Love and stereo,

20 Watts



20 Watts’ Best of 2009: #19 Atlas Sound’s Logos by kabenn03

Atlas Sound's Logos is No. 19 on 20 Watts' Best of 2009 list

PREVIEW: VISIT Atlas Sound’s MySpace

TOP TRACK: “Walkabout”

Atlas Sound’s Logos is a brilliant album, made even more satisfying by the fact that we almost didn’t get to hear it upon completion.

After the unfinished album was unintentionally leaked onto the Internet last August, Bradford Cox threatened to throw out the whole thing. Thank the music gods he didn’t. Logos was released in October of this year.

Logos truly has something for everyone. With cheerful 60s tune “Walkabout” featuring Noah Lennox, a.k.a Panda Bear from Animal Collective, the romantically upbeat yet almost depressing “Shelia” and the serene, doo-wop sounding “My Halo” the album provides for a variety in a musically cohesive way.

The album starts slow with the soothing “The Light That Failed” filled with calming guitar and bells. The intensity slowly builds until “Walkabout” then falls again until “Shelia,” ending on a high note with “Logos.” The title track is a celebratory and percussion-heavy ending to a magnificent album.

With a more confident, yet less experimental sound than Cox’s previous album Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, it is clear that Cox’s songwriting talents continue to change and progress as Cox perfects his art.

–Kelsey Bennett



ISSUE 19 | 20 Watts Reviews Atlas Sound’s Logos by 20watts

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Atlas Sound's Logos

WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts
MEDIA: Check out our Atlas Sound PODCAST

Last August, Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter) accidentally released an unfinished version of Logos on his Mediafire account. He debated scrapping the project altogether after the unintentional leak, cursing the interwebs with “fuck this shit. I can just make another album. It’s not finished and now it never will be.”

It’s safe to assume that Cox has since forgiven us — he did, after all, complete this album. Now the question becomes whether diehard fans will forgive him for the major style changes on this LP. Continue reading

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ISSUE 19 | PODCAST: 20 Watts Reviews Atlas Sound’s Logos by Irina Dvalidze
November 2, 2009, 2:20 am
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WE GIVE IT: 17/20
REVIEW: Read our full review HERE

Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) decided to release Logos a year after its premature, accidental leak. In this podcast, 20 Watts’ Ryan McManus discusses the album and how it diverges from Cox’s previous work.  Read Ryan’s full review here.

— Ryan McManus and Irina Dvalidze

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20 Watts Reviews Atlas Sound’s Logos by ryancmcmanus
Atlas Sound's sophmore album brings in a couple contributors to create an eclectic bunch of songs

Atlas Sound's sophmore album brings in a couple contributors to create an eclectic bunch of songs

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Atlas Sound’s Walkabout MP3
WE GIVE IT: 17/20

Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) decided to release Logos, a year after its premature, accidental leak. The album is a step in a new direction for Atlas Sound, as it’s far more diverse in influence, yet still maintains the essence of Cox’s song-writing. Starting slow, Logos suddenly shifts into a 1960s-sampled riff, complemented by Noah Lennox (Panda Bear, Animal Collective) in “Walkabout”. The surprisingly upbeat feeling continues through to the effects-laden acoustic “Shelia,” while Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) also lends her vocals to the short, “Quick Canal.” Overall, Logos is an engaging album, gripping in its energy and infectious in its enthusiasm.

Check our full review in the latest issue of 20 Watts!

— Ryan McManus

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