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2009 album reviews
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A Place to Bury Strangers Exploding Head (Mute) psych-pop 6/10
A Sunny Day In Glasgow Ashes Grammar (Mis Ojos Discos) Brit-pop 6/10
Acid Mothers Temple Lord Of The Underground (Alien 8) psych-rock 6/10
Aethenor Faking Gold & Murder (VHF) metal 5/10
Air Love 2 (Astralwerks) pop 5/10
Almost Charlie The Plural of Yes (Words On Music) pop 5/10
Aluk Todolo Finsternis (Utech) post-rock 7/10
Amen Dunes Dia (Locust) psych-rock 6/10
Anahita Matricaria (Important) avant-folk 7/10
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: The Century Of Self (Richter Scale) alt-rock 5/10
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) psych-pop 6/10
Antipop Consortium Fluorescent Black (Big Dada) hip-hop 6/10
Antlers Hospice (Frenchkiss) post-rock 7/10
Antony and the Johnsons The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian) pop 6/10
Arctic Monkeys Humbug (Domino) Brit-pop 6/10
Art Brut Art Brut vs. Satan (Downtown) Brit-pop 5/10
Astral Social Club Octuplex (VHF) electronic 6/10
Atlas Sound Logos (4AD) songwriter 6/10
Dan Auerbach Keep It Hid (Nonesuch) songwriter 6/10
Azita How Will You (Drag City) songwriter 7/10
Bachelorette My Electric Family (Drag City) synth-pop 6/10
Devendra Banhart What Will We Be? (Warner) songwriter 5/10
Baroness Blue Record (Relapse) post-metal 6/10
Basement Jaxx Scars (Ultra) dance 5/10
Bat For Lashes Two Suns (Parlophone) songwriter 5/10
Masaki Batoh & Helena Espvall Overloaded Ark (Drag City) acid-rock 6/10
Bear In Heaven Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Hometapes) alt-pop 6/10
Beat Circus Boy From Black Mountain (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Behemoth Evangelion (Nuclear Blast) death-metal 6/10
Belbury Poly From an Ancient Star (Ghost Box) synth-pop 6/10
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect (Victory) prog-metal 7/10
Bibio Ambivalence Avenue (Warp) dance 6/10
Big Pink A Brief History Of Love (4AD) Brit-pop 5/10
Billy Bao May 08 (Parts Unknown) noise-rock 6/10
Black To Comm Alphabet (Type) avantgarde 6/10
Black Vomit Jungle Death (Rusty Axe) post-rock 7/10
BLK JKS After Robots (Secretly Canadian) world-music 6/10
Blues Control Local Flavor (Siltbreeze) post-rock 7/10
Bong Bong (Heidenwut Productions) doom 6/10
Bong Bethmoora (Infinite Exchange) doom 5/10
Bonnie Prince Billy Beware (Drag City) songwriter 5/10
Andrew Bird Noble Beast (Fat Possum) songwriter 7/10
Sir Richard Bishop The Freak of Araby (Drag City) guitar 5/10
James Blackshaw The Glass Bead Game (Young God) prog-folk 5/10
Blank Dogs Under And Under (In The Red) electroclash 5/10
Tyondai Braxton Central Market (Warp) neoclassical 6/10
Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers Entertainment) hip-hop 5/10
VV Brown Travelling Like The Light (Island) songwriter 6/10
Bunkur Nullify (Displeased) doom 6/10
Caethua The Long Afternoon Of Earth (Preservation) songwriter 7/10
Califone All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Dead Oceans) folk 4/10
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle (Drag City) songwriter 6/10
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career (4AD) folk-pop 5/10
Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti) songwriter 6/10
Cave Psychic Psummer (Important) psych-rock 7/10
Celeste Misanthrope(s) (Denovali) metal 6/10
Cheer-Accident Fear Draws Misfortune (Cuneiform) post-rock 6/10
Vic Chesnutt At The Cut (Constellation) songwriter 6/10
Church Untitled #23 (Second Motion) pop 5/10
Church Of Misery Houses Of The Unholy (Rise Above) stoner 6/10
Circulatory System Signal Morning (Cloud) avant-pop 6/10
Cloaks Versus Grain (Baked Goods) electronic 6/10
Clubroot Clubroot (Lo Dubs) dubstep 7/10
Cobalt Gin (Profound Lore) black metal 6/10
William Fowler Collins Perdition Hill Radio (Type) ambient 7/10
Concern Truth and Distance (Digitalis) ambient 6/10
Converge Axe To Fall (Epitaph) metalcore 6/10
Chris Corsano The Four Aims (VHF) avant-rock 6/10
Crystal Antlers Tentacles (Touch And Go) garage-rock 6/10
Current 93 Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain (Dutro) spoken-word 5/10
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains (Sister's Den) alt-rock 6/10
Dalek Gutter Tactics (Ipecac) hip-hop 7/10
Dan Deacon Bromst (Carpark) new wave 7/10
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words Lost In Reflections (Killer Pimp) post-ambient 7/10
Dead Weather Horehound (Reprise) alt-rock 7/10
Dear Hunter Act III - Life And Death (Triple Crown) prog-rock 5/10
Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol) pop 5/10
Demdike Stare Symbiosis (Modern Love) avant-dub 8/10
Depeche Mode Sounds Of The Universe (EMI) synth-pop 4/10
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca (Domino) songwriter 6/10
Doves Kingdom of Rust (Astralwerks) alt-rock 7/10
Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Roadrunner) prog-metal 5/10
Ducktails Ducktails (Not Not Fun) chillwave 7/10
Bob Dylan Together Through Life (Columbia) songwriter 4/10
Editors In This Light and on This Evening (Kitchenware) synth-pop 5/10
Elegi Varde (Miasmah) electronic 7/10
Emeralds Emeralds (Wagon Gneiss Things) ambient 5/10
Emeralds What Happened (No Fun) ambient 6/10
Engineers Three Fact Fader (Echo) Brit-pop 5/10
Evangelista Prince of Truth (Constellation) noise-rock 6/10
Expo '70 Psychosis (Peasant Magik) psych-rock 6/10
Expo '70 Sonic Messenger (Beta Lactum Ring) psych-rock 6/10
Fever Ray Fever Ray (Rabid) synth-pop 7/10
Field Yesterday And Today (Anti) techno 6/10
Fiery Furnaces I'm Going Away (Thrill Jockey) alt-rock 5/10
Florence and the Machine Lungs (Island) garage-rock 6/10
Forgas Band Phenomena L'Axe du Fou (Cuneiform) prog-rock 6/10
Ben Frost By The Throat (Bedroom Community) glitch ambient 6/10
Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport (ATP) dance 7/10
Fuqugi Gransofa + Nightingale (Plop) instrumental 6/10
Funeral Mist Maranatha (Ajna) metal 6/10
Gallows Grey Britain (Warner) punk-rock 6/10
Girls Album (True Panther) pop 6/10
Gnaw Their Tongues Rend Each Other Like Wild Beasts (At War WIth False Noise) prog-rock 8/10
Gog Mist From The Random More (Utech Records) doomgaze 7/10
Government Unreviewed by the Press (Pop Katari) prog-rock 6/10
David Gray Draw The Line (Downtown) songwriter 5/10
Green The Planets (label) alt-rock 6/10
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown (Reprise) punk-pop 6/10
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp) psych-pop 6/10
Jon Hassell ub>Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street (ECM) ambient 6/10
Health Get Color (Lovepump United) alt-rock 7/10
Heavy Winged Spreading Center (Release The Bats) psych-rock 6/10
Tim Hecker An Imaginary Country (Kranky) electronic 5/10
Joe Henry Blood From Stars (Anti) songwriter 6/10
Erdem Helvacioglu Wounded Breath (Aucourant) avantgarde 6/10
Home Blitz Out Of Phase (Richie) garage-pop 6/10
Horrors Primary Colours (XL) dark-punk 6/10
Inade The Incarnation of the Solar Architects (Loki) ambient 6/10
Irr. App. (Ext.) Kreiselwelle (Helen Scarsdale Agency) avantgarde 7/10
Isis Wavering Radiant (Ipecac) metal 5/10
Japandroids Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl) noise-rock 7/10
Jesu Infinity (Avalanche) stoner 6/10
JJ JJ NÝ 2 (Sincerely Yours) pop 7/10
Simon Joyner Out Into the Snow (Team Love) songwriter 6/10
Jute Gyte Old Ways (Jeshimoth) black-metal 5/10
Leyland Kirby Sadly The Future Is No Longer What It Was (History Always Favours The Winners) electronic 7/10
Gregg Kowalsky Tape Chants (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Krazy Baldhead B-Suite (Ed Banger) dance 6/10
L'Acephale Stahlhartes Gehause (Aurora Borealis) black-metal 7/10
Land of Kush Against the Day (Constellation) post-rock 6/10
Cate LeBon Me Oh My (Irony Bored) songwriter 6/10
Legion Of Two Riffs (Planet Mu) industrial 7/10
Local Natives Gorilla Manor (Infectious) pop 6/10
Lokai Transition (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 6/10
LSD-march Under Milk Wood (Important) psych-rock 5/10
Majeure Timespan (Temporary Residence) electronic 6/10
Malachai Ugly Side of Love (Double Six) psych-rock 6/10
Manic Street Preachers Journal For Plague Lovers (Columbia) punk-pop 5/10
Mastodon Crack The Skye (Reprise) metal 5/10
Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (RCA) alt-rock 5.5/10
Mark McGuire A Pocket Full Of Rain (Pizza Night) instrumental 5/10
Mark McGuire VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Volume Two (Vin Du Select Qualitite) instrumental 5/10
No More Stories Are Told Today (Columbia) pop 5/10
Mi Ami Watersports (Quarter Stick) Genre 7/10
Micachu Jewellery (Rough Trade) songwriter 7/10
Mirah (A)spera (K) songwriter 6/10
Mono Hymn To The Immortal Wind (Temporary Residence) post-rock 6/10
Moodring Scared of Ferret (Silber) post-rock 6/10
Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown) rap 6/10
Bob Mould Life And Times (Anti) songwriter 5/10
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem (Elverum) psych-rock 5/10
Mountain Goats The Life Of The World To Come (4AD) songwriter 5/10
Mountains Choral (Thrill Jockey) ambient 6/10
Muse Resistance (Warner) prog-pop 4/10
Necro Deathmort album This Beat Is Necrotronic (Distraction) metal 7/10
Necks Silverwater (ReR) prog-rock 7/10
Neon Indian Psychic Chasms (Lefse) synth-pop 6/10
Amy Neuburg The Secret Language of Subways (MinMax) avantgarde 6/10
Thao Nguyen We Brave Bee Stings And All (Kill Rock Stars) songwriter 6/10
Night Control Death Control (Kill Shaman) psych-rock 7/10
Nihill Grond (Hydra Head) metal 6/10
1990s Kicks (Rough Trade) Brit-pop 4/10
Observatory Dark Folke (Observatory) post-rock 6/10
On Fillmore Extended Vacation (Dead Oceans) post-rock 5/10
Oneida Rated O (Jagjaguwar) post-rock 7/10
Oranssi Pazuzu Muukalainen Puhuu (Violent Journey) space-rock 6/10
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland) alt-pop 6/10
Passion Pit Manners (Frenchkiss) pop 6/10
Peaches I Feel Cream (Beggars XL) rap 5/10
Peste Noire Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor (De Profundis) metal 6/10
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glass Note) pop 6/10
Piano Magic Ovations (Darla) pop 4/10
Pissed Jeans King Of Jeans (Sub Pop) garage 5/10
Planning for Burial Leaving (Enemies List) shoegaze 6/10
Porcupine Tree The Incident (Roadrunner) prog-rock 4/10
Portal Swarth (Profound Lore) death 6/10
Prodigy Invaders Must Die (Cooking Vinyl) dance 4/10
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part II (Ice H2O) hip hop 6/10
Rameses III I Could Not Love You More (Type) ambient 6/10
Random Touch A Way From the Heard (Token Boy) prog-jazz 7/10
Real Estate Real Estate (Woodsist) folk-rock 6/10
Reigning Sound Love And Curses (In The Red) garage-rock 5/10
Eric Glick Rieman Trilogy From The Outside (Water Goes Into Air) avantgarde 8/10
Russian Circles Geneva (Suicide Squeeze) post-rock 6/10
Savage Young Taterbug River Mortis (American Dream Machine) acid-folk 7/10
Shit and Shine 229-2299 Girls Against Shit (Riot Season) post-rock 7/10
Shogun Kunitoki Vinonaamakasio (Fonal) avant-rock 6/10
Six Organs of Admittance Luminous Night (Drag City) free-folk 4/10
Richard Skelton Landings (Sustain-Release) chamber 6/10
Skullflower Malediction (Second Layer) noise 6/10
Soap And Skin Lovetune For Vacuum (PIAS) songwriter 7/10
Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream (Columbia) songwriter 5/10
St Vincent Actor (4AD) songwriter 6/10
DM Stith Heavy Ghost (Asthmatic Kitty) songwriter 7/10
Sunn O))) Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord) doom 6/10
Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar) alt-rock 5/10
Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years (Rough Trade) Brit-pop 5/10
Silvester Anfang Sylvester Anfang II (Aurora Borealis) psych-rock 7/10
SND Atavism (Raster-Norton) glitch 6/10
David Sylvian Manafon (Samadhi Sound) songwriter 5/10
Taken By Trees East Of Eden (Rough Trade) songwriter 6/10
Telefon Tel Aviv Immolate Yourself (Bpitch Control) IDM 5/10
Terminal Sound System Constructing Towers (Extreme) prog-rock 7/10
Thee Oh Sees Help (In The Red) garage-rock 6/10
Thermals Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars) power-pop 5/10
Tortoise Beacons Of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey) post-rock 5/10
Twin Stumps Twin Stumps (Dais) garage-rock 7/10
U2 No Line On The Horizon (Interscope) pop 3/10
Brock Van Wey White Clouds Drift On and On (Echospace) ambient 6/10
Vektor Black Future (Heavy Artillery) metal 7/10
Velvet Cacoon Atropine (Full Moon) ambient 4/10
Very Best Warm Heart Of Africa (Moshi Moshi) world-beat 6/10
Vivian Girls Everything Goes Wrong (In The Red) punk-pop 6/10
Volcano Choir Unmap (Jagjaguwar) acid folk 6/10
Wavves Wavvves (Fat Possum) psych-pop 6/10
White Denim Fits (Downtown) garage 6/10
White Rainbow New Clouds (Kranky) ambient 6/10
Wilco Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch) roots-rock 5/10
Wild Beasts Two Dancers (Domino) pop 5/10
Patrick Wolf Bachelor (Bloody Chamber) songwriter 6/10
Wolves In The Throne Room Black Cascade (Southern Lord) black metal 6/10
Woods Songs Of Shame (Woodsist) lo-fi folk 6/10
Worriedaboutsatan Arrivals (Gizeh) dance 7/10
Xx Xx (Young Turks) dance-pop 6/10
Yacht See Mystery Light (DFA) dance 6/10
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz (Interscope) garage 6/10
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs (Matador) noise-rock 5/10
Yoga Megafauna (Holy Mountain) post-metal 7/10
Richard Youngs Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits (Sonic Oyster Records) avantgarde 6/10
Richard Youngs Under Stellar Stream (Jagjaguwar) avantgarde 6/10
Zola Jesus The Spoils (Sacred Bones, 2009) (Sacred Bones) psych-rock 6/10
Zola Jesus New Amsterdam (Sacred Bones) psych-rock 6/10
Zu Carboniferous (Ipecac) post-rock 6/10

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