Essential Albums (2009)

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The list author says: "Honorable Mentions:


* the decemberists "hazards of love"
* grizzly bear "vecktamist"
* volcano chior "unmap"
* wilco "wilco (the album)"
* chevelle "sci-fi crimes"
* monsters of folk "self-titled"
* camera obscura "my maudlin career"
* paramore "brand new eyes"
* real estate "self titled"
* sea wolf "white water, white bloom"
* neko case "middle cyclone"
* john nolan "height"
* coconut records "davy"
* ben gibbard/jay farrar "one fast move and i'm gone"
* doves "kingdom of rust"
* Andrew bird "noble beast"
* conor oberst "outer south"
* japandroids "post nothing"
* god help the girl "S/T"
* grand archives "keep in mind Frankenstein"
* great lake swimmers" the lost channel"
* sherwood "QU"
* appleseed cast "sagarmatha"
* built to spill "there is no enemy"
* dashboard confessional "alter the ending"
* animal collective "merriweather post pavillion"
* metric "fantasies"
* arctic monkeys "humbug"
* black lips "200 million thousand"
* yeah yeah yeah's "it's blitz"
* letting up despite great faults "self-titled"
* silversun pickups "swoon"
* we were promised jetpacks "these four walls"
* mewithoutyou "it's all crazy, it's all false.."
* yo la tengo "popular songs"
* moneen "the world I want to leave behind""
I and Love and You
1.  I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers
The list author says:
  "THE ALBUM OF 2009. after releasing a number of great records, they've have finally made their masterpiece with "i and love and you". a beautiful album full of longing and heartache with some slow numbers and some upbeat rockers. the ballads on here are pure heartbreaking and spiritually poetic"
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Kingprince
2.  Kingprince by Cassino
The list author says:
  "one of the best albums of 2009 that nobody knows about, but should. its an album deserving to be heard by all fans of good music. pure and soulful acoustic folk with so much heart it can't be described through words. an album that can only be described through the emotion and honesty that pours from each track, criminally underrated band"
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Beggars
3.  Beggars by Thrice
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  "they mix their old sound with the new and is a solid release with some of dustin's most cutting and meaningful lyrics yet. when it comes to music and writing a memorable song, these guys just "get it"."
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Daisy
4.  Daisy by Brand New
The list author says:
  "the most polarizing and consistently impressive rock band of this decade and they have made another head-scratcher for fans and critics. the ever-evolving band has again made a completely different record than anything else they've done before and this is what rock music is all about: abrasive, raw, unpologetic, with biting lyricism. clearly, one of the more inventive bands of the decade"
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Mean Everything To Nothing
5.  Mean Everything To Nothing by Manchester Orchestra
The list author says:
  "this is the finest "rock" album of 2009 and one of the finest to have come out in awhile. andy hull's earnest songwriting, raw angst, and unique voice recalls the old ghosts of weezer (pinkerton era), nirvana (in utero era), and the darkness and lyricism of brand new"
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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
6.  Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
The list author says:
  "after being in the shadows for nearly a decade making great pop rock albums, they finally get the attention they deserve and this album is their finest hour. not only one of the best albums this year, but also has one of the best songs of this decade with "1901""
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
7.  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The list author says:
  "an album full of fuzzy, catchy dream pop tunes and is nearly perfect and that's impressive for a debut album. love this album and personal favorite of 2009"
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Dead Man's Bones
8.  Dead Man's Bones by Dead Man's Bones
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It Goes On
9.  It Goes On by Destry
The list author says:
  "just a wonderful debut from michelle nolan and her new band. she is multi-talented and was great with straylight run but this music really suits her well. one of the best debuts of the year and i hope to hear ALOT more from them"
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Hold Time
10.  Hold Time by M. Ward
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  "another solid, gorgeous album by ward"
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