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10.20.09 2009 Female Vocal Pop Digs09.24.09 Itunes 9 Is Ruining My Mp3s

Itunes 9 Is Ruining My Mp3s

Editing tags is causing skips at the start of songs. Hopefully the recent 9.01 fixed it... more testing to do. Regardless, here's my current top albums of 2009 in alphabetical order.
1 As Tall As Lions
You Can't Take It With You

Being mostly unfamiliar with these guys' previous work, I've been quite impressed with this album. Very accessible, but not something I think I'll tire of quickly.
2August Burns Red

Metalcore done right was my first thought when I heard this album. ABR had never really impressed me before Constellations.
3Brand New

I love how Brand New doesn't seem to care how polarizing their albums might be.
4Chuck Ragan
Gold Country

Why is it that artists with punk rock roots often make such great albums when they branch out to other genres?
5Closure in Moscow
First Temple

A derivative sound, but a solid debut nonetheless.
6David Bazan
Curse Your Branches

The painful look at faith that thematically overwhelms this album is complemented by David Bazan's catchiest and most interesting music yet.
7The Decemberists
The Hazards of Love

Not sure yet about the "concept" behind this album, but musically it doesn't disappoint.
8Every Time I Die
New Junk Aesthetic

Never really cared for these guys before, but this is some solid hardcore.
9Grizzly Bear

Rewardingly both ambient and interesting.

I'll admit to being a bit of a Metric fanboy, but I think this album stands on its own.
11 mewithoutYou
It's all crazy! It's all false! It's all

Not the classic that was Brother, Sister, but this has been of my most played albums this year.
Brand New Eyes

So it's new and may end up dropping of this list, but I've been enjoying brand new eyes so far.
13Porcupine Tree
The Incident

Another band who's back catalog I need to explore.
14RX Bandits

Mandala manages to be both eclectic and cohesive. Good stuff.
15Sarah Blasko
As Day Follows Night

I'm a sucker for Sarah's voice and laid-back pop tunes.
16Taking Back Sunday
New Again

For some reason TBS make great driving tunes. New Again is definitely always in the car.

Not my favourite album from Thrice, but even their (slightly) lesser work is stellar.
18The Used

I had written these guys off after their debut, but Artwork is surprisingly solid.
Wilco (The Album)

I think this is my second favourite Wilco album behind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
20Various Artists (Indie)
Dark Was The Night

I was not expecting this album to be as good as it is.
21Portugal. The Man
The Satanic Satanist

Four great albums in three years -- these guys are nuts. Yeah, so this list isn't quite in alphabetic order.
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