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11.30.09 Dougies 2009: Albums Of The Year

Dougies 2009: Albums Of The Year

2009 has been a landmark year in music. While some may disagree, I can't think of many previous years where I have found so much great music in 365 days. Sifting through Sputnikmusics eclectic range of genres, there have been many fantastic releases, from folk, hardcore, jazz, indie etc. Throughout the year, I have listened to over 40 albums, and here is my list of the top 40 - ranging from 5 to 3 - of the albums that graced my ear lobes during the year plus EP of the year.
1Silversun Pickups
Swoon


2009 has shown that the Silversun Pickups can top an almost topless record. Swoon is an the sophomore release from the quartet, and is an album that encompasses many things; be it the beautiful melodies, shoegaze heavy mid sections of the interesting but perfect voice of Brain Aubert. Swoon contains no filler, and really rockets along with up tempo track highlights like 'Panic Switch' and 'The Royal We', plus the gentle 'Catch & Release'. Somehow the Silversun Pickups have outdone themselves, by topping an extremely impressive debut, and writing the best album of 2009. Rating: 5
2Paul Dempsey
Everything Is True


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=40724 It's always great when a fabulous front man from a fabulous band decides to go solo. Paul Dempsey has done just that, with his debut solo effort in Everything Is True. A folk/rock tinged album full of wonderful ballads and some slightly rockier tunes, Dempsey has created a wonderful album that has warmed my heart, and been a joy to listen to throughout the year. Rating: 4.5
3Emery
...In Shallow Seas We Sail


Emery are back, and with them they bring one of the most beautifully written albums of 2009 with ...In Shallow Seas We Sail. The songwritting is immense, the lyrical conviction is perfect, while the vocals soar with amazing harmonies and interplay. This album flows like a river bursting at the banks. While that may sound almost too perfect it's 100 percent true... I mean Davey Boy gave it a 5! Rating: 4.5
4Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=42688 What can one say about this wonderful folk quartet? A lot actually! Using lovely vocal harmonies mixed perfect instrumentation this folk record is one of the best that has come out of the large London folk scene. Rating: 4.5
5Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything To Nothing


An album that has solidified that Manchester Orchestra are a force to be reckoned with. The groups sophomore release is probably their strongest mixing heaving indie/rock tunes with emotionally touching ballads. Rating: 4.5
6Karnivool
Sound Awake


The prog/rock boys from down under produce once again an album that is very close to perfection. Sound Awake is a change in sound for Karnivool heading in a more progressive sway and have written some amazing songs. Rating: 4.5
7Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest


Veckatimest, could almost be the perfect album. Having obvious pop roots, the album varies from slow melodic tracks, with hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies to the straight up pop tracks like 'Two Weeks'. Grizzly Bear have easily produced one of the best albums of the year and Veckatimest has definitely lived up to the hype. Rating: 4.5
8Bluejuice
Head of the Hawk


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=41647 Rating: 4
9Closure In Moscow
First Temple


Rating: 4
10Lisa Mitchell
Wonder


Rounding up my top 10, Wonder sees the dreamy and cute voice of Lisa Mitchell drift through each song in a showing of lovely presented folk/pop. An album that I play on repeat due to it's catchy hooks and tender folk feel.
11Carus
Creature Of Habit


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=39117 Rating: 4
12August Burns Red
Constellations


Rating: 4
13Yves Klein Blue
Ragged and Ecstatic


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=40351 Rating: 4
14Japandroids
Post-Nothing


Rating: 4
15Jamie T
Kings and Queens


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=41149 Rating: 4
16Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down


Rating: 4
17The Decemberists
The Hazards of Love


Rating: 3.5
18Do Make Say Think
Other Truths


Rating: 3.5
19fun.
Aim and Ignite


Rating: 3.5
20Hilltop Hoods
State of the Art


Rating: 3.5
21Bomb the Music Industry!
Scrambles


Rating: 3.5
22 Lily Allen
It's Not Me, It's You


Rating: 3.5
23Brand New
Daisy


Rating: 3.5
24The Temper Trap
Conditions


Rating: 3.5
25Powderfinger
Golden Rule


Rating: 3.5
26Mono
Hymn to the Immortal Wind


Rating: 3.5
27Eleventh He Reaches London
Hollow Be My Name


Rating: 3.5
28Owen
New Leaves


Rating: 3.5
29Muse
The Resistance


Rating: 3.5
30Bloody Beetroots
Romborama


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=40595 Rating: 3.5
31Volcano Choir
Unmap


Rating: 3.5
32Sarah Blasko
As Day Follows Night


Rating: 3.5
33Matthew Good Band
Vancouver


Rating: 3.5
34Eskimo Joe
Inshalla


Rating: 3.5
35Paramore
Brand New Eyes


Rating: 3
36 mewithoutYou
It's all crazy! It's all false! It's all


Rating: 3
37Alexisonfire
Old Crows / Young Cardinals


Rating: 3
38Eulogies
Here Anonymous


Read my review here: ://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=42625 Rating: 3
39Converge
Axe to Fall


Rating: 3
40Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect


Rating: 3
41Bon Iver
Blood Bank


My EP of the year Rating: 4
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