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Best Albums Of 2009

These are the records I considered to be the strongest in the year 2009.
10Russian Circles

While not as good as 2008's "Station," "Geneva" is still a fantastic post-metal recording, featuring some excellent riffing both on bass and guitar (the bass part in the title track is sheer brilliance) as well as some thoughtful contemplative moments ("When the Mountain Comes to Mohammed").
9Between the Buried and Me
The Great Misdirect

Definitely the band's most progressive recording, "Misdirect" does not trump 2007's brilliant "Colors," but definitely showcases some of the band's ingenuity and creativity, and features some of the band's most kinetic songwriting.
The Resistance

A record full of ambition, "The Resistance" does have some misfires, but songs like "Undisclosed Desires" are some of Muse's catchiest and the epic "Exogenesis" symphony is a step up for the band.
7The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta have crafted their best record; instead of drifting on aimlessly without direction like previous albums, TMV have crafted a record of well-writen, cohesive songs that still retain their signature sound.
6Dream Theater
Black Clouds and Silver Linings

While not breaking any particularly new ground, DT are still writing excellent music; "A Nightmare to Remember" is set to become a classic, and "The Shattered Fortress" concludes Portnoy's "AA Suite" well.
5Sondre Lerche
Heartbeat Radio

Sondre Lerche has crafted his best recording yet, an album that perfects his sophisticated pop sound (gorgeous string sections highlight many tracks, including a particularly inspired section at the end of "Good Luck) and reveals him to be a songwriter to be reckoned with.

OSI's best album to date, "Blood" is the realization of OSI's mix of heavy prog with electronica.
3Sunn O)))
Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn's most fully realized work, "Monoliths" features Sunn's typical darkness mixed with Viennese women's choirs and jazz ensembles, culminating in a masterwork of drone music.
2 The Elms
The Great American Midrange

A revival of real, classic rock and roll, "TGAM" is a record full of great riffs, hooks, and classic American songwriting.
1Porcupine Tree
The Incident

PT's most ambitious record to date; it succeeds. "Time Flies," the centerpiece of the 55-minute long title song, is one of the best things PT has ever written.
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