Lady Gaga, Junior Boys and Fever Ray Take the Top Electronic Album Spots in Exclaim!'s 2009 Readers Poll
Exclaim! Readers' Favourite Electronic Albums of 2009:
News Feb 03 2010
1. Lady Gaga
2. Junior Boys
3. Fever Ray
5. Passion Pit
7. Animal Collective
8. David Guetta
9. Fuck Buttons
10. La Roux
1. Lady Gaga The Fame Monster (Interscope)
"Good beats to get ya dancin'. I know it's supa-mainstream but there is a reason: it's fuggin' catchy!"
Alanna Yaraskavitch, Ottawa Ontario
"I keep whistling 'Poker Face' in the elevator."
Paul Buchanan, Vancouver BC
"quite the variety of old and new school dance music."
Dave MacLean, Toronto Ontario
"For something so formulaic (skinny, white, blonde pop star + dance music = fame) this album, like the one before it, sure is catchy. Even the more trite tracks ('Paparazzi') benefit from the kind of depth and tarting up generated by a video filmed by Jonas Ackerlund (doing what he did for the Smashing Pumpkins' 'Try Try Try'). This album isn't earth shattering, but that's why it works. Because it could have been (and has been) done before, but this time, its Lady GaGa."
Shannon Palmer, North Bay Ontario
"Even if you dislike Lady Gaga you do have to give her some props, she put out an awesome album this year. Her songs are infectious, get stuck in your head. She is too also very artistic, wild and crazy."
Justine Ulman, Kitchener Ontario
"'I didn't want to like her but I do. Her catchy songs, decent (non-Auto-tuned) voice, a crazy fashion sense and over the top performances are more compelling than repelling. Most importantly, she's named after a Queen song."
Kristen Rutherford, Saskatoon Saskatchewan
"She's batshit crazy but i kinda like her."
Andrew Dunn, Halifax Nova Scotia
2. Junior Boys Begone Dull Care (Domino)
"Great riddims & superb production. The dance floor shall always be full if a Junior Boys joint is on."
DJ Alive, Ottawa Ontario
"A great band with a great album. Real trendsetters with their unique sound."
Ryan Ongaro, Oakville Ontario
"Mysterious and hypnotic. I discovered them in a restaurant on W. Broadway and insisted on knowing who was playing."
Richard Van Camp, Vancouver BC
"Electro pop with a hooks that get into you after a few listens...this is Canada's best ambassador for this category. Who knew Hamilton could be as cool?"
Cedric Morgan, Montreal Quebec
"'I've always found that electronic music has began to sound the same. There is an emergence of the same cheap techno we all hear in clubs being played off of some 20-year-old nobody's laptop. This is definitely not the case of Junior Boys as their newest album and two previous albums sound like nothing you'd hear in a club or bar. But it is beautiful music. And even more amazing to see them live."
Mason Windels, Montreal Quebec
"'What seemed to be their weakest album at first turned out to be, with repeated spins, their very best. Sounds like spring, or a sunny fall day."
Olivier D'Amour, Montreal Quebec
3. Fever Ray (Mute)
"'Not a Knife album, but really could be. Creative as always."
Trent Jakubec, Kamloops BC
"A mysterious fog of tribal tones and haunting wails to get lost in. Definitely not a vanity project by any measure for Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife fame. Don't forget her wonderfully realized tour visuals and music videos of her feverish dreams."
Mauro Victoriano, Toronto Ontario
"If the apocalypse had to have a soundtrack, I would choose this record, because I wouldn't feel so bad about watching the world crumble. Delicate and intense, this album is the black metal of electronica, which makes sense, because Karen Dreijer Andersson was admittedly listening to a whole lot of it during recording."
Andrew Campbell, Toronto Ontario
"A gift that keeps on giving, and, thanks to the terrific live shows and videos, has become a multimedia experience of sorts. Icy and precise but human and warm at once. A huge accomplishment that, in many ways, betters anything yet released by the Knife."
Jeffrey P. Nesker, Toronto Ontario
"How knew a side-project of the incredible the Knife could be so good? Album of the year, hands down. And the best live act of the year. Fever Ray produce a perfect blend of creepy down tempo dance music that leans heavily on '80s goth but still manages to sound fresh and new. Got to love those steel drums!"
Daniel Okorn, Toronto Ontario
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