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The Top 11 Albums in 2009 (The Definitive List)

Flap Jackson "Sky Is Burning, But At Least We Know We're Warm."
The list author says: "While alternative and indie rock ruled 2009 once again in terms of quality, the mainstream public started catching on and as a result, artists like Owl City started finally getting the true success they deserved. And while the crop of albums wasn't quite as good as the crop of songs in 2009, they still made for some solid works. Artists like Green Day made a comeback, some artists like Weezer and All Time Low finally found their strong-suit with their fun albums, and then we got introduced to great news bands, such as Cage The Elephant.

Rock N' Roll didn't take a nap in 2009, but instead woke up and told us all was well, so catch up and find it."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack
"1: It's dark, it's moody, it's independent, and it's surprisingly good. Don't be thrown off by the Twilight name, if you're a fan of alternative rock, or a big indie person, then pick up this album, you'll like what you hear."
21st Century Breakdown
21st Century Breakdown
"2: Green Day has evolved and devolved in the past 20 years, and if Dookie was Green Day as an ape, 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day as a man. Sure, the man might not be as revolutionary or as fun as the ape, but it makes for a better product overall, and a must-listen."
Outer South
Outer South
"3: Some of it's country, some of it's rock n' roll, but it's all a great listen, and since Conor Oberst is involved, you know it's going to be borderline genius and it'll certainly be creative."
Ocean Eyes
Ocean Eyes
"4: What makes Owl City different from every other artist using synth-pop is the quirky lyrics, and the absolute gold Adam Young drags out of his music. Plus, it's magical."
Cage the Elephant
Cage the Elephant
"5: It's a mixture of rock's roots, while still keeping a very modern feel about it. It may surprise you, but only in the fact that it'll be in constant rotation in your music collection."
Forget and Not Slow Down
Forget and Not Slow Down
"6: Like a perfectly refrigerated sandwich, it needs time to sit before it's just perfect. Matt Thiessen just cements the fact that he is a musical genius, or a pop/rock Bob Dylan if you will."
Raditude
Raditude
"7: If you're looking for a party rock album, some cheese, or you're just a Weezer fan, you should be pretty pleased with what you find. It's sort of a new direction for the band, but it's a direction they should have gone in ten years ago."
Heartbeat Radio
Heartbeat Radio
"8: A joy from start to finish, Sondre Lerche is possibly the greatest thing to come out of Norway, ever, with his complex melodies, and simple, but effective lyrics."
Fantasies
Fantasies
"9: If you're a fan of indie rock or alt rock, you're bound to find something you like. Metric really brings their A-game with this album, and to my surprise, it's quite good."
Middle Cyclone
Middle Cyclone
"10: Best listened to during a morning walk in the mountains, or a hike on the side of the road, Neko Case hits all the right beats and chords to surprising success. If anything, Middle Cyclone crowns her as one of the premiere Indie Queens in music today."
Nothing Personal
Nothing Personal
"11: If you're a fan of the band, the genre, or you're just looking for this year's summer soundtrack, this is the album for you. If you're hate the genre, this won't change your mind. With "Nothing Personal" All Time Low reaches an all time high."