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Top 11 Albums of 2009

Daniel Martin "dantheduckman"
The list author says: "2009 was a really good year for music. Perhaps more impressive than the artists who made my list this year are the ones who didn't: Neil Young, Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, The Avett Brothers, The Swell Season and David Gray to name a few. Can't believe these guys didn't make the list? Wait until you see who did..."
The Hazards of Love
The Hazards of Love
"It didn't get any better than this, this year, with Hazords of Love.  Taken a little bit at a time, the songs are vintage Decemberists, but taken as an entire album they climb to unbelievalbe heights.  Without a doubt their best album and finally, after 2 previous albums just missing my number one spot, they finally capture it with this stunning masterpiece."
White Water, White Bloom
White Water, White Bloom
"Even better than Leaves in the River.  The songs are backed by a full band and they reflect a much fuller sound.  ABC's melodies and lyrics are once again the focus here as they are quite infectious."
Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Elvis Perkins in Dearland
""Shampoo" and "Hey" are the best two songs to start off any album of the past few years and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint either.  Such creative music is what this year was all about."
When the Devil's Loose
When the Devil's Loose
"This guy caught me completely off guard this year, absolutely incredible album and now getting some mainstream attention with songs on such shows as "House" and "Bones."  Watch out for this guy."
The Burned
The Burned
"This album grew on me, and it took awhile too.  But eventually it became an album I kept wanting to go back to... and still go back to on a regular basis."
Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire
Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire
"Some people might consider this just a solid effort from E, but it's so much more than that.  A wonderfuly thought out record in the year when a concept album tops this list."
Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
"Elvis goes bluegrass and the results are beautiful...he said he meant for this to be his solo acoustic album but that didn't quite work out... I can't wait to hear that one."
Little Moon
Little Moon
"His best album since Virginia Creeper.  Blind Tom is a must hear song.  This one kind of flew under the radar this year."
Beware
Beware
"Will Oldham gets even more country this go around... still churning out great tunes."
Tremolo
Tremolo
"Gentle, acoustic guitars back very relaxing melodies... "Heart and Bone" is one of my favorite songs of the year."
This Empty Northern Hemisphere
This Empty Northern Hemisphere
"This little gem of an album is chalk full of subtle songs that can break your heart.  Not quite a top ten...this one goes to 11."