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Top Albums Of 2009

The definitive "Top Albums" of 2009 list
1The Decemberists
The Hazards of Love


Never have I ever seen this much effort into making an album so cohesive, so catchy, and so narrative; that it is clear without even looking into it, it must have taken some time to complete this album. I promised myself to not use the word "epic" to describe anything (cause it's lame :P) I can't help myself but say that is album is epic in scope in everything it does. Spanning 17 tracks making this album about an hour long, no second goes wasted in the completion of the "story". This is an American Folk album with the same ambitions as a Progressive Rock album but without all the filler and effects.
2Mono
Hymn to the Immortal Wind


Post-Rock at it's very finest, every second from the beginning is extremely vital to the completion of the album. Every moment is just full of emotion. What makes this album stand out is that Mono also has a whole orchestra helping out this time around.
3Emery
...In Shallow Seas We Sail


Emery has "returned to form", more than making up for the hamfisted "I'm Only a Man". With this release, Emery has created the best songs of their career and some of the finest within their genre.
4Coalesce
Ox


This is the greatest "Comeback" album I have ever heard! What makes this so special is that Coalesce has not released a full length for TEN YEARS! People usually lose what makes them special after such a long time, but Coalesce has not forgotten how to play their instruments and literally destroy anyone who has tried to do anything similar to what they have.
5Kaospilot
Shadows


One thing that makes this album stick out this year is the production value, in that it's actually really good, which makes it actually a leap in the genre. Shadows is an extremely aggressive and at some parts actually heavy, making it stand out amongst most other screamo releases this year.
6Converge
Axe To Fall


This album makes you go "HOLY SHIIIII this is FREAKIN AWESOME!" I mean it! Listen to the album track "Axe To Fall" and if you are not blown away by the screeching guitar riffs, pummeling drumming, crunchy bass beats, and Bannon's unmistakable vocal's, then I'm sorry, but their is something seriously wrong with you.
7Daitro
Y


Gone is the post-rock influence from European Screamo band "Daitro" on their newest album subtly titlted "Y", now we have a more straight forward approach which turns out pretty favorable. Songs are now much more accessible because of this and actually "fun", each song just making me wish I knew French so even I can sing a long ;~;
8As Cities Burn
Hell or High Water


What makes As Cities Burn such a cool band is that, when they first started out, they were a pretty technical metalcore band and then they lost a singer for the best. When they lost their lead screamer they then shifted towards a post-rockish post-hardcore band which brought favorable results. And now we have "Hell or High Water", taking another genre change, As Cities Burn resembles more like bands like The Decemberists and even Copeland at times. The songs on Hell or High Water, play really easily (no aggression to be found at all anymore) and are very catchy. Sounds like songs you would play on a nice summer afternoon on your porch with a nice glass of lemonade actually. All in all, it has been very awesome to witness a band change so much within three LPs.
9Cursive
Mama, I'm Swollen


Lovely atmosphere, lovely instrumentation, and wonderful vocals with clever lyrics, it's only what we can expect from Cursive.
10The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Worse Than Alone


The #12 has succeeded in creating their most mature album of their career and sadly their last. Extremely spastic making this one of the #12's most experimental album. Ranging from berserk duel vocals to spoken words to full on haunting jazz ballads.
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