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My Fav Albums of 2009

Amplified Man
 
Life on Earth
Life on Earth
"This is a wonderful album - it's sparse, sombre and heartfelt and nothing else released this year really compares to it. I love it."
Mania
Mania
"Possibly the only proper stoner rock band left. Truckfighters never seem to disappoint. Pure fuzzy goodness. Go see them live."
Wavering Radiant
Wavering Radiant
"Isis are one of my very favourite bands and Wavering Radiant also didn't disappoint."
Blue Roses
Blue Roses
"I saw Laura Groves support Joan As Police Woman last year and I've seen her 3 times since. Wonderful poppy folk songs."
Static Tensions
Static Tensions
"Undoubtedly one of the best metal albums of the year. Two drummers? Why, yes sir!"
Tundra
Tundra
"Spoken word post-rock doesn't really sound too appealing. But you'd be surprised..."
The Great Cessation
The Great Cessation
"The return of the mighty Yob. Doom would never be the same without them but they returned this year with a bang!"
STRANGE COUSINS FROM
STRANGE COUSINS FROM
"Another fantastic album from one of the most consistent bands in the world. Rock; pure and simple."
God Is Good
God Is Good
"The first album with Emil Amos from Grails on the drum stool. More meditative and more eastern sounding than previous but no less transcendental. Drums and bass."
Glitter and Doom Live
Glitter and Doom Live
"The legendary Tom Waits. Need I say more."
The Company Band
The Company Band
"Neil Fallon, vocalist with Clutch's presence here will undoubtedly lead to Clutch comparisons. The Company Band definitely hold their own. Djinn & Pentatonic is one of the songs of the year."
Shrinebuilder
Shrinebuilder
"4 alternative metal legends unite and create something truly brilliant. A supergroup if I've ever heard one."
Actor
Actor
"Fantastic alternative pop album. Unique and quite brilliant. Go see her live too."
The Ressurectionists & Night Raider
The Ressurectionists & Night Raider
"A double album of infinite depth and craftsmanship. A mix of old English folk and Mogwai, unique."
DESIRE LINES
DESIRE LINES
"An uplifting instrumental album which mixes disco/funk beats with psych rock and folk musicianship. Great stuff."
What We All Come To Need
What We All Come To Need
"Pelican return with a more riff based effort than City of Echoes and I like it!"
Luminous Night
Luminous Night
"Six Organs mix psychedelic rock with modern folk elements and a deep spiritual vibe. Great live too."
Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
"One of the most individual bands around. Melodic, psychedelic, and just down right weird."
Embrace
Embrace
"This album could have been pulled straight out of the 70s, but somehow still sounds modern and refreshing."
Délivrance
Délivrance
"Fancy a change? Fancy some eastern European traditional folk music? You'll find no better than A Hawk & A Hacksaw. One of the best live bands I've ever seen."
Glass Bead Game
Glass Bead Game
"James Blackshaw's 12 string folk ragas are mesmerising. His new album didn't have quite as much impact on me as The Cloud of Unknowing but it's still worth a listen."
Monoliths and Dimensions
Monoliths and Dimensions
"Sunn O))) always manage to polarise opinion - some think it's just noise & anyone can do it & some think they're the saviours of music. They're neither but they're still damn good."
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion
"One of the most hyped albums of 2009. It's decent sure, but it's not somekind of epiphany - these guys have been going for ages! The track 'My Girls' is worth the album price alone."
To Survive
To Survive
"Joan released a covers album this year that was only sold at her gigs - Britney Spears / Iggy Pop / David Bowie / Hendrix / Sonic Youth. Pity Amazon don't stock it."
Brotherhood of the Lake
Brotherhood of the Lake
"This little EP revitalised my love of hardcore punk on it's own. Whether that's a good thing or bad thing you can make up your own minds!"