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..."
"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."