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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: #4 Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by 20watts
December 30, 2009, 10:07 am
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Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is #4 on our Best of 2009 list

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Months after its May 2009 release date, Phoenix’s fifth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is still everywhere.  Considering the album’s subject matter — this feat is hardly surprising.  With references to classical musicians (“Lisztomania”) and ancient ruins (“Rome”), Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix transports you first-class to a sophisticated European city from which the band hail.

While their songs radiate a certain cosmopolitan aristocratic air, Phoenix’s lyrics never fail to hit close to home.  No matter who you are, lead singer Thomas Mars belting, “Do you remember when 21 years was old,” will go straight to your gut and induce a deeply nostalgic feeling.  Like these sentimental lyrics, much of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is subtly heart wrenching, but luckily, these lyrics aren’t accompanied by sappy acoustic melodies.  Instead, they are proudly shouted along vivacious synth-beats presented in a Strokes-like intensity.  Phoenix make reminiscing a fleeting dance club celebration, rather than a drawn-out tearjerker.

Recently nominated for a Grammy, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is extraordinarily accessible without sacrificing originality.  While considering their recent bombardment of Cadillac commercials, Entourage episodes and your not-so-music savvy friend’s iPod this accessibility may be a bit much, it just further displays the universality of emotion that Phoenix convey in Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – a mark they missed on previous albums yet hone on their latest effort.

— Carly Wolkoff

Phoenix: Remix of “1901” and Free Download! by kayzimbo

wap_myspacePhoenix has been all over the media the past few weeks. These indie heartthrobs have earned themselves a stellar reputation since 2000 when they released their first album United. They created a melting pot of funk, electronica, and indie rock that had original and fresh smells to it when it first came out. They are releasing a new album titled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (V2 Records) on May 25, 2009, although the tracks were leaked in March and have already gained a widespread fan base. 

Andrew Maury, a Syracuse University graduate, remixed the song “1901” under the DJ collaboration Remix Artist Collective (RAC). Maury has remixed countless other bands such as Tokyo Police Club, Radiohead and Bear Hands, and has created a distinctive remix sound for himself. Be sure to check out his other remixes as well, especially the Nintendo vs. Sega EP which is both fun and nostalgic to listen to.

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