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Prophet2009

Here its is, my top 20 albums of 2009, pretty much in order from what I listened to the most with some personal bias thrown in.
1Mono
Hymn To The Immortal Wind


Did you expect something else here? If you did you obviously don't know me. But really, this is the album that perfected Mono's sound completely, even though all their albums are masterpieces, this is the one to rule them all. I can't wait to see where these guys go next, I really don't think they will attempt to stick with this style and try and out do this record. Maybe just to shut up all of you that say they make the same album over and over again. Favorite song: The Battle To Heaven
2Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion


I'll tell you right now, at the beginning of the year this wouldn't have even made my top 100, but after divulging into AC's back catalog and forcing myself to figure out what is so good about this band I've come to really love this album and AC. This isn't my favorite AC, actually it's probably my 3rd or 4th, but it's hard to deny that every song on here is as close to perfection as possible. Favorite Song: Lion In a Coma (yeah Lion in a Coma is the best song, get over it.)
3Portugal. The Man
The Satanic Satanist


Probably one of my favorite band's I've discovered this year. Even though this and their debut are their only good albums, I still love this band. I've played this record more times that I can remember and it has served as soundtracks to many days of work, school and driving. It's so easy to pop on and listen to straight through any time. Seeing them live further proved my love for the band, especially when they jammed out songs from this in a completely different way from the record. I'm interested to see how American Ghetto turns out seeing as it's being release less than a year from this, hopefully they don't fuck it up. Favorite Song: The Woods (although I could easy name the entire CD minus Everyone is Golden, fuck that song.)
4Russian Circles
Geneva


I've always liked Russian Circles. They've always been that band that cut out the bullshit of post-rock and just went balls out (at least before Station). Geneva is a perfect blend of what I love about the band, the hard hitters are nice and heavy while the more traditional post-rock songs are beautiful and serene. This is another album that I played constantly since I got it. Favorite Song: Melee
5Converge
Axe to Fall


....And rounding out the top 5 are the masters of metalcore, Converge. These guys can't make a bad album, they're all too good of musicians. I think the biggest thing I like about Axe to Fall is the flow of the record. The first few songs are heavy as hell, the middle section goes into that sludgy thing No Heroes was about, then the end is a new side of Converge. Theres no filler to be found here. I think these guys will be showing us how real metalcore is done until Bannon's voice dries up and their hands fall off. Favorite Song: Dark Horse
6RX Bandits
Mandala


One of my most anticipated of the year. The Bandits come back without their horn section and rock it prog style. I couldn't have imagined a better record from these guys. Seeing them live was one of my worst concert experiences ever unfortunately, but that doesn't take away from how much I love this record. Favorite Song: Bled to Be Free (Operation)
7Mew
No More Stories


I never really got into Mew before this record, but I'm glad I did. This is probably one of the most beautifully fun albums I've ever heard. Mew is my go-to band for whenever I'm feeling down, and they always manage to put a smile on my face. Favorite Song: Cartoons and Macrame Wounds
8Japandroids
Post-Nothing


One of the biggest surprises of the year. A guitar and drum duo making some sweet music. I don't think this has left my car since I got it, perfect driving music. Favorite Song: Heart Sweats
9And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar


Another post-rock band like Russian Circles that is taking the bullshit out of the genre. A high energy record that never lets up. I'm looking forward to their new EP, and hopefully they come state-side because I've heard their live show is killer. Favorite Song: I Capture Castles
10Animal Collective
Fall Be Kind


I don't know how these guys do it. It's either the drugs that they're taking or they really are the most creative guys ever. Two incredible records in the same year, I didn't think it was possible but AC pulled it off. Panda Bear 2010 AOTY, calling it now. Favorite Song: Like I even need to say it
11Native
Wrestling Moves
12Ancestors
Of Sound Mind
13East of the Wall
Split
14The XX
XX
15Heaven In Her Arms
Duplex-Coated Obstruction
16Mastodon
Crack the Skye
17Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz!
18Rodrigo y Gabriela
11:11
19Moderat
Moderat
20 Puscifer
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