History of Rock Synthesis: Poems and Meditations History of Jazz To advertise in this space

The Best Rock Albums of 2009

TM, ®, Copyright © 2009 Piero Scaruffi.
History of Rock Music | History of Pop Music
Reviews of 2009 albums | Best of last year | Best albums of all times | Back to music
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Best of the 1960s Best of the 1970s Best of the 1980s Best of the 1990s Best of the 2000s Best of the 2010s

Ratings: 10=best rock album ever; 9=masterpiece; 8=buy it now; 7=buy it eventually; 6=buy it if you are a fan
Best of Rock 2009
(Read the reviews)

    8/10
  1. Gnaw Their Tongues: Rend Each Other Like Wild Beasts (At War WIth False Noise)
  2. Demdike Stare: Symbiosis (Modern Love)
    7.5/10
  3. Leyland Kirby: Sadly The Future Is No Longer What It Was (History Always Favours The Winners)
  4. Mi Ami: Watersports (Quarter Stick)
  5. Yoga: Megafauna (Holy Mountain)
  6. Dan Deacon: Bromst (Carpark)
  7. Qa'a: Vesprada (Magia Roja)
  8. Shackleton: Three EPs (Perlon)
  9. Jim O'Rourke: The Visitor (Drag City)
    7/10
  10. Elegi: Varde (Miasmah)
  11. Kreng: L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu (Miasmah)
  12. Shit and Shine: 229-2299 Girls Against Shit (Riot Season)
  13. L'Acephale: Stahlhartes Gehause (Aurora Borealis)
  14. Anahita: Matricaria (Important)
  15. Dalek: Gutter Tactics (Ipecac)
  16. Legion Of Two: Riffs (Planet Mu)
  17. DM Stith: Heavy Ghost (Asthmatic Kitty)
  18. Black Vomit: Jungle Death (Rusty Axe)
  19. William Fowler Collins: Perdition Hill Radio (Type)
  20. Irr App (Ext): Kreiselwelle (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
  21. Cave: Psychic Psummer (Important)
  22. Antlers: Hospice (Frenchkiss)
  23. Oneida: Rated O (Jagjaguwar)
  24. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast (Fat Possum)
  25. Necks: Silverwater (ReR)
  26. Clubroot: Clubroot (Lo Dubs)
  27. Caethua: The Long Afternoon Of Earth (Preservation)
  28. Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport (ATP)
  29. JJ: JJ NÝ 2 (Sincerely Yours)
  30. Soap And Skin: Lovetune For Vacuum (PIAS)
  31. Necro Deathmort: This Beat Is Necrotronic (Distraction)
  32. Georgia Anne Muldrow: Umsindo (SomeOthaShip Connect)
  33. Krallice: Dimensional Bleedthrough (Profound Lore)
  34. Doves: Kingdom of Rust (Astralwerks)
  35. Azita: How Will You (Drag City)
  36. Fever Ray: Fever Ray (Rabid)
  37. Health: Get Color (Lovepump United)
  38. Dead Weather: Horehound (Reprise)
  39. Julian Lynch: Orange You Glad (Olde English Spelling Bee)
  40. Alexander Turnquist: As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color (VHF)
  41. Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
  42. Micachu: Jewellery (Rough Trade)
  43. Silvester Anfang: Sylvester Anfang II (Aurora Borealis)
  44. Night Control: Death Control (Kill Shaman)
  45. Worriedaboutsatan: Arrivals (Gizeh)
  46. Barn Owl: The Conjurer (Root Strata)
  47. Obscura: Cosmogenesis (Relapse)
Playlist
  1. Micachu: Sweetheart
  2. Amen Dunes: Amen Dunes
  3. Demdike Stare: Haxan
  4. Mirah: The Forest
  5. Crystal Antlers: Time Erased
  6. Dan Deacon: Build Voice
  7. Doves: Kingdom of Rust
  8. DM Stith: Creekmouth
  9. Fever Ray: If I Had A Heart
  10. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Tenure Itch
  11. Vivian Girls: Out For The Sun
  12. Blues Control: Good Morning
  13. A Place to Bury Strangers: Deadbeat
  14. Night Control: No Making
  15. Soap and Skin: Extinguish Me
  16. Zola Jesus: Nativity
  17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Heads Will Roll
  18. St Vincent: Actor Out Of Work
  19. Azita: I'm Happy
  20. Terminal Sound System: Constructing Towers
  21. Dead Weather: Treat Me Like Your Mother
  22. Decemberists: The Rake's Song
  23. Patrick Wolf: Oblivion
  24. Dalek: Armed with Krylon
  25. Bon Iver: Woods
  26. Mi Ami: Echonoecho
  27. Vivian Girls: I Have No Fun
  28. Green Day: Know Your Enemy
  29. Girls: Hellhole Ratrace
  30. Jj: From Africa To Malaga
  31. Thee Oh Sees: Ruby Go Home
  32. Mirah: Country Of The Future
  33. Beat Circus: The Life You Save May Be Your Own
  34. Zola Jesus: Tell It To The Willow
  35. Azita: Away
  36. Bachelorette: Mindwarp
  37. Animal Collective: Summertime Clothes
  38. Bill Callahan: Eid Ma Clack Shaw
  39. Fever Ray: Now's The Only Time I Know
  40. A Sunny Day In Glasgow: Ashes Maths
  41. Andrew Bird: Effigy
  42. Antony: Dust And Water
  43. Beat Circus: Petrified Man
  44. Dead Weather: I Cut Like a Buffalo
  45. Bat For Lashes: Daniel
  46. Mos Def: Quiet Dog Bite Hard
  47. Vivian Girls: I'm Not Asleep
  48. Cave: Machines & Muscles
  49. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Zero
  50. Dirty Projectors: Stillness Is The Move
  51. Neko Case: I'm An Animal
  52. Antony: Daylight And The Sun
  53. Thermals: When We Were Alive
  54. Converge: Dark Horse
  55. Fiery Furnaces: Even In The Rain
  56. Japandroids: Sovereignty
  57. Peste Noise: Ballade Cuntre Les Anemis De La France
  58. Reigning Sound: Brake It
  59. Wavves: Beach Goth
  60. Darkstar: Aidy's Girl Is A Computer
  61. Bruce Springsteen: Surprise Surprise
  62. Joe Henry: Bellwether
  63. Xx: Infinity
  64. Yacht: The Afterlife
  65. Manic Street Preachers: Marlon J.D.
  66. Flaming Lips: Watching the Planets
  67. Mountain Goats: Genesis 30:3
  68. Passion Pit: Little Secrets
  69. Thao Nguyen: Cool Yourself
  70. Here We Go Magic: Fangela
  71. Very Best: Julia
  72. Yacht: Summer Song
  73. Home Blitz: Two Steps
  74. M Ward: Never Had Nobody Like You
  75. Cate LeBon: Eyes So Bright
  76. Anaal Nathrakh: Terror in the Mind of God

Extended tracks
  1. Jim O'Rourke: The Visitor
  2. Silvester Anfang: Burkelbos
  3. Purling Hiss: Almost Washed My Hair
  4. Shit and Shine: Roberts Church Problems
  5. Gnaw Their Tongues: Rend Each Other Like Wild Beasts
  6. White Rainbow: Tuesday Rollers and Strollers
  7. Leyland Kirby: When We Parted My Heart Wanted To Die
  8. Wolves In The Throne Room: Hate Crystal
  9. Necks: Silverwater
  10. Mountains: Etching
  11. Black to Comm: Forst
  12. Purling Hiss: Purple Kiss
  13. Squadra Omega: Tenebroso
  14. Blues Control: On Through The Night
  15. L'Acephale: Stahlhartes Gehause
  16. Irr. App. (Ext.): Kreiselwelle
  17. Leyland Kirby: And As I Sat Beside You
  18. Anahita: Pirin Planina
  19. Qa'a: Misteris De La Sang
  20. Krallice: Intraum
  21. Mountains: Choral
  22. William Fowler Collins: Dark Country Road
  23. Oneida: 10:30 At The Oasis
  24. Worriedaboutsatan: Arrivals
  25. Chris Corsano: Fire
  26. Shit and Shine: Have You Really Thought About Your Presentation?
  27. Masaki Batoh & Helena Espvall: Until Tomorrow
  28. Erdem Helvacioglu: Lead Crystal Marbles
  29. John Frusciante: Before the Beginning
  30. Black to Comm: Charlemagne & Pippin
  31. Zs: Music of the Modern White
  32. Dalek: Who Medgar Evers Was
  33. Billy Bao: May08- V
  34. Mi Ami: White Wife
  35. Skullflower: A'arab Zaraq
  36. Alexander Turnquist: Statues In The Dark - Shadows Collide
  37. Cave: Encino Men
  38. Gog: Mist From The Random More
  39. Mono: Burial At Sea
  40. Leyland Kirby: And At Dawn Armed With Glowing Patience
  41. Chris Corsano: The Main Ingredient
  42. Wolves In The Throne Room: Crystal Ammunition
  43. Sunn O))): Big Church
  44. Qa'a: Vesprada
  45. Andrew Bird: Carrion Suite
  46. Expo '70: Hamadryad
  47. Anahita: Velvet Shoon
  48. Mountains: Add Infinity
  49. Concern: Heartsink
  50. Worriedaboutsatan: I Am A Crooked Man
  51. Portal: Marityme
  52. Shackleton: Moon Over Joseph's Burial
  53. Brulvahnatu: Suffer Long
  54. Steve Von Till: By Wind And Sun
  55. Woods: September With Pete
  56. Brock Van Wey: I Knew Happiness Once
  57. Barn Owl: Ancient Of Days
  58. Yo La Tengo: And The Glitter Is Gone
  59. Leyland Kirby: Stralauer Peninsula
  60. Kurt Vile: Freak Train
  61. Jepsydho: Ur-symphonie [Download from Mediafire with artist's permission]
Jazz
  1. Dave Hurley: Outer Nebula, Inner Nebula (Porter)
  2. Joe Morris: Colorfield
  3. Vijay Iver: Historicity
  4. Ergo: Multitude Solitude (Cuneiform)
  5. Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines
  6. Steve Lehman: Travil Transformation and Flow
  7. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer
  8. Henry Threadgill: This Brings to Us
  9. Joe Lovano: Us Five (Blue Note)

By genre:

Songwriters

Post-rock
Psychedelia

Electronica

Progressive

Punk/hardcore

Dance
Heavy rock

Instrumental

By country:

Britain

Germany
Japan

Rest of Europe
Australia

Canada

TM, ®, Copyright © 2009 Piero Scaruffi All rights reserved.
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Best of the 1960's Best of the 1970's Best of the 1980's Best of the 1990's Best of the 2000's