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The Best Rock Albums of 2009

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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 Albums
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  1. Gnaw Their Tongues: Rend Each Other Like Wild Beasts (At War WIth False Noise)
  2. Demdike Stare: Symbiosis (Modern Love)
  3. Leyland Kirby: Sadly The Future Is No Longer What It Was (History Always Favours The Winners)
  4. Vektor: Black Future (Heavy Artillery)
  5. Mi Ami: Watersports (Quarter Stick)
  6. Yoga: Megafauna (Holy Mountain)
  7. Dan Deacon: Bromst (Carpark)
  8. Qa'a: Vesprada (Magia Roja)
  9. Shackleton: Three EPs (Perlon)
  10. Jim O'Rourke: The Visitor (Drag City)
  11. Brave Little Abacus: Masked Dancers (self)
  12. Elegi: Varde (Miasmah)
  13. Kreng: L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu (Miasmah)
  14. Shit and Shine: 229-2299 Girls Against Shit (Riot Season)
  15. L'Acephale: Stahlhartes Gehause (Aurora Borealis)
  16. Anahita: Matricaria (Important)
  17. Dalek: Gutter Tactics (Ipecac)
  18. Legion Of Two: Riffs (Planet Mu)
  19. DM Stith: Heavy Ghost (Asthmatic Kitty)
  20. Black Vomit: Jungle Death (Rusty Axe)
  21. William Fowler Collins: Perdition Hill Radio (Type)
  22. Irr App (Ext): Kreiselwelle (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
  23. Cave: Psychic Psummer (Important)
  24. Antlers: Hospice (Frenchkiss)
  25. Oneida: Rated O (Jagjaguwar)
  26. Andrew Bird: Noble Beast (Fat Possum)
  27. Necks: Silverwater (ReR)
  28. Between the Buried and Me: The Great Misdirect (Victory)
  29. Clubroot: Clubroot (Lo Dubs)
  30. Caethua: The Long Afternoon Of Earth (Preservation)
  31. Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport (ATP)
  32. JJ: JJ NÝ 2 (Sincerely Yours)
  33. Soap And Skin: Lovetune For Vacuum (PIAS)
  34. Necro Deathmort: This Beat Is Necrotronic (Distraction)
  35. Georgia Anne Muldrow: Umsindo (SomeOthaShip Connect)
  36. Krallice: Dimensional Bleedthrough (Profound Lore)
  37. Doves: Kingdom of Rust (Astralwerks)
  38. Savage Young Taterbug: River Mortis (American Dream Machine)
  39. Azita: How Will You (Drag City)
  40. Fever Ray: Fever Ray (Rabid)
  41. Health: Get Color (Lovepump United)
  42. Dead Weather: Horehound (Reprise)
  43. Julian Lynch: Orange You Glad (Olde English Spelling Bee)
  44. Alexander Turnquist: As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color (VHF)
  45. Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl)
  46. Micachu: Jewellery (Rough Trade)
  47. Silvester Anfang: Sylvester Anfang II (Aurora Borealis)
  48. Blut Aus Nord: Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars
  49. Night Control: Death Control (Kill Shaman)
  50. Ducktails: Ducktails (Not Not Fun)
  51. Worriedaboutsatan: Arrivals (Gizeh)
  52. Barn Owl: The Conjurer (Root Strata)
  53. Obscura: Cosmogenesis (Relapse)
  54. Yob: The Great Cessation (Profound Lore)
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  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. Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
  14. A Place to Bury Strangers: Deadbeat
  15. Night Control: No Making
  16. Soap and Skin: Extinguish Me
  17. Zola Jesus: Nativity
  18. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Heads Will Roll
  19. St Vincent: Actor Out Of Work
  20. Azita: I'm Happy
  21. Fuck Buttons: Olympians
  22. Terminal Sound System: Constructing Towers
  23. Dead Weather: Treat Me Like Your Mother
  24. Decemberists: The Rake's Song
  25. Patrick Wolf: Oblivion
  26. Dalek: Armed with Krylon
  27. Bon Iver: Woods
  28. Mi Ami: Echonoecho
  29. Vivian Girls: I Have No Fun
  30. Green Day: Know Your Enemy
  31. Girls: Hellhole Ratrace
  32. Jj: From Africa To Malaga
  33. Thee Oh Sees: Ruby Go Home
  34. Mirah: Country Of The Future
  35. Beat Circus: The Life You Save May Be Your Own
  36. Zola Jesus: Tell It To The Willow
  37. Azita: Away
  38. Bachelorette: Mindwarp
  39. Animal Collective: Summertime Clothes
  40. Bill Callahan: Eid Ma Clack Shaw
  41. Fever Ray: Now's The Only Time I Know
  42. A Sunny Day In Glasgow: Ashes Maths
  43. Andrew Bird: Effigy
  44. Antony: Dust And Water
  45. Beat Circus: Petrified Man
  46. Dead Weather: I Cut Like a Buffalo
  47. Bat For Lashes: Daniel
  48. Mos Def: Quiet Dog Bite Hard
  49. Vivian Girls: I'm Not Asleep
  50. Cave: Machines & Muscles
  51. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Zero
  52. Dirty Projectors: Stillness Is The Move
  53. Neko Case: I'm An Animal
  54. Antony: Daylight And The Sun
  55. Thermals: When We Were Alive
  56. Converge: Dark Horse
  57. Fiery Furnaces: Even In The Rain
  58. Japandroids: Sovereignty
  59. Peste Noire: Ballade Cuntre Les Anemis De La France
  60. Reigning Sound: Brake It
  61. Wavves: Beach Goth
  62. Darkstar: Aidy's Girl Is A Computer
  63. Bruce Springsteen: Surprise Surprise
  64. Joe Henry: Bellwether
  65. Xx: Infinity
  66. Yacht: The Afterlife
  67. Manic Street Preachers: Marlon J.D.
  68. Flaming Lips: Watching the Planets
  69. Mountain Goats: Genesis 30:3
  70. Dear Hunter: The Tank
  71. Passion Pit: Little Secrets
  72. Thao Nguyen: Cool Yourself
  73. Here We Go Magic: Fangela
  74. Cobalt: Pregnant Insect
  75. Very Best: Julia
  76. Yacht: Summer Song
  77. Arctic Monkeys: Crying Lightning
  78. Home Blitz: Two Steps
  79. M Ward: Never Had Nobody Like You
  80. Brave Little Abacus: (Through Hallways)
  81. Animal Collective: My Girls
  82. Washed Out: Hold Out
  83. Ulcerate: Everything Is Fire
  84. Cate Le Bon: Eyes So Bright
  85. Anaal Nathrakh: Terror in the Mind of God
  86. Jay-Z: Empire State of Mind
  87. Real Estate: Suburban Beverage
  88. Small Black: Despicable Dogs
  89. Ducktails: Gem
  90. Kid Cudi: Pursuit of Hapiness
  91. Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie: Moombah
  92. Paul White: Burnt By The Sun
  93. Jay Electronica: Exhibit C
  94. Planning for Burial: Seasons Change So Slowly
  95. Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ): Self Esteem

Extended compositions
  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. Government: Set Fire to the Prime Minister
  35. Mi Ami: White Wife
  36. Skullflower: A'arab Zaraq
  37. Alexander Turnquist: Statues In The Dark - Shadows Collide
  38. Cave: Encino Men
  39. Gog: Mist From The Random More
  40. Mono: Burial At Sea
  41. Leyland Kirby: And At Dawn Armed With Glowing Patience
  42. Chris Corsano: The Main Ingredient
  43. Wolves In The Throne Room: Crystal Ammunition
  44. Sunn O))): Big Church
  45. Qa'a: Vesprada
  46. Andrew Bird: Carrion Suite
  47. Expo '70: Hamadryad
  48. Anahita: Velvet Shoon
  49. Mountains: Add Infinity
  50. Concern: Heartsink
  51. Worriedaboutsatan: I Am A Crooked Man
  52. Portal: Marityme
  53. Savage Young Taterbug: If He Was A River And I Was A Duck
  54. Shackleton: Moon Over Joseph's Burial
  55. Brulvahnatu: Suffer Long
  56. Steve Von Till: By Wind And Sun
  57. Woods: September With Pete
  58. Brock Van Wey: I Knew Happiness Once
  59. Barn Owl: Ancient Of Days
  60. Vektor: Accelerating Universe
  61. Yob: Silence of Heaven
  62. Between the Buried and Me: Fossil Genera
  63. Levon Vincent: Double Jointed Sex Freak Parts 1-2-3
  64. Yo La Tengo: And The Glitter Is Gone
  65. Lustre: Night Spirit (2009)
  66. Leyland Kirby: Stralauer Peninsula
  67. Kurt Vile: Freak Train
  68. El Marrano de la Razon: Los Acontecimientos Irredentos se Precipitan Infumables en la Redentora Inmovilizacion de lo Soportable
  69. Oranssi Pazuzu: Dub Kuolleen Porton Muistolle
  70. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Glacier
  71. Richard Chartier: Angle.1
  72. Blut Aus Nord: Disciple's Libration - Lost in the Nine Worlds
  73. Jepsydho: Ur-symphonie
  74. Brave Little Abacus: I See it Too

  1. Dave Hurley: Outer Nebula, Inner Nebula (Porter)
  2. Joe Morris: Colorfield
  3. Vijay Iver: Historicity
  4. Darcy James Argue: Infernal Machines
  5. Steve Lehman: Travail Transformation and Flow
  6. Bill Frisell: Disfarmer
  7. Michael Formanek: The Rub and Spare Change
  8. Henry Threadgill: This Brings to Us
  9. Joe Lovano/ Us Five: Folk Art (Blue Note)
  10. Rez Abbasi: Things To Come (Sunnyside)
  11. Eric Glick-Rieman: Trilogy From The Outside

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