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Wilco, Kronos Quartet, Allen Toussaint, Amadou & Mariam Make Year's Best Lists from Times (UK), SPIN

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Wilco, Kronos Quartet, Allen Toussaint, Amadou & Mariam Make Year's Best Lists from Times (UK), SPIN

    The Times of London weighed in on the decade's best albums late last month, including, as we reported in the Nonesuch Journal, Nonesuch albums in each of the list's four categories of classical, jazz, world, and pop. Now, the Sunday Times has offered its list of the best albums of 2009, and Nonesuch artists are one again represented across genres: Wilco for Wilco (the album) in rock and pop, Kronos Quartet's Floodplain in world, and Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi in jazz.

    Wilco (the album), which was also named No. 7 among the 2009 favorites of NPR's All Songs Considered listeners, lands at No. 17 on the Times list of the year's best in rock and pop. "Jeff Tweedy still knows how to pull on our heartstrings," write the Times's Mark Edwards and Dan Cairns of Wilco's latest, "and the duelling here between his hope-after-adversity lyrics and keening vocals, and Nels Cline’s beautiful guitar-playing, produced an album studded with precious alt-country gems." See the complete Rock/Pop list here.

    Kronos Quartet's Floodplain is in at No. 2 on the best in world music, according to the Times's Clive Davis, who says "it all comes together on this glorious pilgrimage through the Middle East and South Asia." See the complete World list here.

    Davis compiles the paper's list of the year's best in jazz as well, placing Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi at No. 5. "One of the year’s slow-burners," says Davis, "finds the multifaceted R&B musician-producer wandering the back streets of the Big Easy." See the complete Jazz list here. Toussaint's Nonesuch debut was also placed in the year's Top 10 by Take Five, NPR's weekly jazz sampler.

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    SPIN magazine has also unveiled its own best-of list, with two Nonesuch albums included: Wilco (the album) and Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali.

    Wilco (the album) is on the list at No. 39, with SPIN's David Menconi crediting both the "non-defensive honesty" in the Jeff Tweedy's lyrics and "Nels Cline's shred-guitar counterpoint."

    Welcome to Mali, Amadou & Mariam's second Because/Nonesuch release, comes in at No. 14. Following their previous release, Dimanche à Bamako, the two "continue spicing their propulsive West African blues with all manner of regional flavors" on the new album, says SPIN, "including an appearance by Somali-Canadian MC K'naan and spacey electronic doodles from Damon Albarn of Blur. As always, though, it's Amadou & Mariam's spine-tingling harmonies that make the music soar."

    Scroll through the complete list at spin.com.

on December 8, 2009 - 5:49pm
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The Times (UK) weighed in on the decade's best music late last month, including Nonesuch albums in each of four categories. Now, the Sunday Times  offers its list of the best albums of 2009, and Nonesuch artists are one again represented across genres: Wilco for Wilco (the album) in rock/pop, Kronos Quartet's Floodplain in world, and Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi in jazz. SPIN includes Wilco (the album) and Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali on its own list of the year's best.

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The Times of London weighed in on the decade's best albums late last month, including, as we reported in the Nonesuch Journal, Nonesuch albums in each of the list's four categories of classical, jazz, world, and pop. Now, the Sunday Times has offered its list of the best albums of 2009, and Nonesuch artists are one again represented across genres: Wilco for Wilco (the album) in rock and pop, Kronos Quartet's Floodplain in world, and Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi in jazz.

Wilco (the album), which was also named No. 7 among the 2009 favorites of NPR's All Songs Considered listeners, lands at No. 17 on the Times list of the year's best in rock and pop. "Jeff Tweedy still knows how to pull on our heartstrings," write the Times's Mark Edwards and Dan Cairns of Wilco's latest, "and the duelling here between his hope-after-adversity lyrics and keening vocals, and Nels Cline’s beautiful guitar-playing, produced an album studded with precious alt-country gems." See the complete Rock/Pop list here.

Kronos Quartet's Floodplain is in at No. 2 on the best in world music, according to the Times's Clive Davis, who says "it all comes together on this glorious pilgrimage through the Middle East and South Asia." See the complete World list here.

Davis compiles the paper's list of the year's best in jazz as well, placing Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi at No. 5. "One of the year’s slow-burners," says Davis, "finds the multifaceted R&B musician-producer wandering the back streets of the Big Easy." See the complete Jazz list here. Toussaint's Nonesuch debut was also placed in the year's Top 10 by Take Five, NPR's weekly jazz sampler.

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SPIN magazine has also unveiled its own best-of list, with two Nonesuch albums included: Wilco (the album) and Amadou & Mariam's Welcome to Mali.

Wilco (the album) is on the list at No. 39, with SPIN's David Menconi crediting both the "non-defensive honesty" in the Jeff Tweedy's lyrics and "Nels Cline's shred-guitar counterpoint."

Welcome to Mali, Amadou & Mariam's second Because/Nonesuch release, comes in at No. 14. Following their previous release, Dimanche à Bamako, the two "continue spicing their propulsive West African blues with all manner of regional flavors" on the new album, says SPIN, "including an appearance by Somali-Canadian MC K'naan and spacey electronic doodles from Damon Albarn of Blur. As always, though, it's Amadou & Mariam's spine-tingling harmonies that make the music soar."

Scroll through the complete list at spin.com.

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