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Best albums 2009

S. Doig "Si Doig"
 
Black Gives Way To Blue
Black Gives Way To Blue
"Superior return from AIC, RIP Layne but William DuVall is a worthy replacement"
There Is No Enemy
There Is No Enemy
"Doug Martsch delivers another slice of quality alternative rock"
Farm
Farm
"J., Lou and Murph, produce the goods yet again"
The Hazards Of Love
The Hazards Of Love
"A concept folk rock album had the potential to be a disaster, but instead the quality of the writing and the superior musicianship make this a major triumph"
Horehound
Horehound
"I worry that Jack White may spread himself to thin. But, this isn't the record where the creative juices dry up."
Backspacer (Limited Edition Gatefold Sleeve)
Backspacer (Limited Edition Gatefold Sleeve)
"Pearl Jam goes from strength to strength. This record continues the upward trend started by 2006's ST album"
The Eternal
The Eternal
"Continuing the more tightened sound of Rather Ripped, the sound of  a band that can still deliver the goods as they approach their 30 year anniversary"
Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures
"In sound close to Songs for the Deaf era QOTSA. If you are waiting for the new QOTSA album buy this because it is QOTSA in all but name"
Now We Can See
Now We Can See
"I love this band they stand for all that is great about indie/alternative rock. Treat yourself add this to your Christmas wish list you won't be disappointed"
The Airing of Grievances
The Airing of Grievances
"Random discovery of the year"
Embryonic [Standard]
Embryonic [Standard]
"Initially I wasn't sure, but this has grown to be one of my favourite records of the year"
It's Blitz!
It's Blitz!
"Zero is the best track of the year, the rest of the album is pretty good too"
21st Century Breakdown
21st Century Breakdown
"This caters to the part of me that is eternally 13 years old. Great simple anthemic punk rock tracks"
Popular Songs
Popular Songs
"Another favourite band from the 90s still producing diverse quality material"
Goodnight Unknown
Goodnight Unknown
"I wish Sebadoh were still making records.  Another fine collection of lo-fi classics from the pen of Lou Barlow."
Fork in the Road (CD+DVD)
Fork in the Road (CD+DVD)
"Not Shakey's greatest moment but still worth the listen"
Raditude
Raditude
"Biggest disappointment of the year, what happened to this brilliant band? Thatís them over there selling their soul for a dollar."
Let The Dominoes Fall
Let The Dominoes Fall
"I am getting a little bored with modern punk. But I don't think I will ever tire of Rancid"
Live At Reading (Deluxe Edition CD+DVD)
Live At Reading (Deluxe Edition CD+DVD)
"Of all of the Reading's in the early 90s why did I miss this one?  I had the pleasure of seeing Nirvana live a couple of times and this perfectly catches everything that was great about this band."
Live at the Olympia Plus DVD
Live at the Olympia Plus DVD
"The sound of a band falling back in love with making music, the versions of some of their early work are truly magnificent."