Monday, January 25, 2010

All done

Thanks to all of my readers for their support in 2009. Unfortunately, I will not be reprising the site for 2010. I'm going to take a break from reviews and just listen to music for a change.

If you still want to know what I'm listening to, you're welcome to follow me on Twitter and on And who knows, maybe I'll post a review or two on my other site, Moment Slice. And of course, you can follow my philosophical endeavors on Sentient Developments.

Again, thanks for making Best Albums of 2009 such a success.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Best albums of the decade

The top ten:

1. Sigur Ros: Ágætis Byrjun

2. Tool: Lateralus

3. Radiohead: Kid A

4. Modest Mouse: Moon and Antarctica

5. Arcade Fire: Funeral

6. Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights

7. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

8. Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

9. Neko Case: Blacklisted

10. Coldplay: Parachutes


11. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People
12. The Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium
13. Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
14. Isis: Oceanic
15. Panda Bear: Person Pitch
16. Sufjan Stevens: Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State
17. The New Pornographers: Mass Romantic
18. The Shins: Oh, Inverted World
19. White Stripes: Elephant
20. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf
21. Opeth: Blackwater Park
22. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
23. Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven
24. Fleet Foxes: Ragged Wood
25. LCD Sound System: Sound of Silver

Honorable mention (listed alphabetically):
  • A Perfect Circle: Mer De Noms
  • Aimee Mann: Lost in Space
  • Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2
  • Amon Tobin: Supermodified
  • Amon Tobin: Out From Out Where
  • And So I Watch You From Afar: ...And So I Watch You From Afar
  • And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes
  • Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian
  • Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • Antlers: Hospice
  • Antony & the Johnsons: I Am A Bird Now
  • Arcade Fire: Neon Bible
  • Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock And Roll
  • Atlas Sound: Logos
  • Audioslave: Out of Exile
  • Band of Horses: Everything All the Time
  • Battle of Mice: Day of Nights
  • Battles: Mirrored
  • Beck : Sea Change
  • Beta Band: Heroes to Zeros
  • Bjork: Vespertine
  • Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
  • Blonde Redhead: 23
  • Bon Iver: For Emma Forever Ago
  • Built to Spill: You in Reverse
  • Caribou: Andorra
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Clinic: Internal Wrangler
  • Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Deathcab For Cutie: Transatlanticism
  • Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity
  • Deftones: White Pony
  • DJ Shadow: The Private Press
  • Doves: Lost Souls
  • Doves: The Last Broadcast
  • Evpatoria Report: Golevka
  • Explosions in the Sky: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
  • Feist: Let it Die
  • Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere
  • God is an Astronaut: The End of the Beginning
  • Gojira: The Way of All Flesh
  • Gorillaz: Demon Days
  • Grizzly Bear: Yellow House
  • Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank the Cradle
  • Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days
  • Isis: In the Absence of Truth
  • Japandroids: Post-Nothing
  • Jesu: Conqueror
  • Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender
  • Justice: Cross
  • Kaiser Chiefs : Employment
  • Koop: Waltz for Koop
  • M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
  • Mastodon: Leviathan
  • Meshuggah: ObZen
  • Meshuggah: Nothing
  • MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
  • MIA: Arular
  • MIA: Kala
  • Microphones: The Glow, Pt. 2
  • Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Like Bad News
  • Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People
  • My Morning Jacket: At Dawn
  • Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  • Neurosis: Given to the Rising
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
  • Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  • Porcupine Tree: Fear of a Blank Planet
  • Porcupine Tree: In Abstentia
  • Portishead: Third
  • Queens of the Stone Age: R
  • Radiohead: In Rainbows
  • Radiohead: Amnesiac
  • Rage Against the Machine: Renegades
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way
  • Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun
  • Royksopp: Melody A.M.
  • Sigur Ros: ()
  • Spoon: Girls Can Tell
  • Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
  • Supergrass: Life on Other Planets
  • System of a Down: Toxicity
  • The Dears: No Cities Left
  • The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
  • The Dresden Dolls: The Dresden Dolls
  • The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat
  • The Gathering: If_Then_Else
  • The Most Serene Republic: Population
  • The National: Boxer
  • The New Pornographers: Electric Version
  • The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema
  • The Ocean: Precambrian
  • The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow
  • The Streets: Original Pirate Material
  • The Strokes: Is This It?
  • Thievery Corporation: The Mirror Conspiracy
  • Ulrich Schnauss : A Strangely Isolated Place
  • Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
  • White Stripes: White Blood Cells
  • Wilco: A Ghost is Born
  • Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The best albums of 2009

Okay, we're done. I now present to you the best albums of 2009:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Albums that missed the cut

I present to you now the bridesmaids of 2009 -- a list of albums that failed to make the Best Albums of 2009 list. Some of these are quite good and worth a listen:
  • 3: Revisions
  • Between the Buried and Me: The Great Misdirect
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow: Eating Us
  • Brendan Benson: My Old, Familiar Friend
  • Cass Macombs: Catacombs
  • Delorean: Ayrton Senna EP
  • Destroy Destroy Destroy: Battle Sluts
  • Dethklok: Dethalbum II
  • Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be
  • Dream Theater: Black Clouds & Silver Linings
  • Discovery: LP
  • Dredg: The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
  • fun.: Aim and Ignite
  • Ghostface Killah: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
  • Imogen Heap: Ellipse
  • It Hugs Back: Inside Your Guitar
  • Jeniferever: Spring Tides
  • Jesu: Opiate Sun
  • Lamb of God: Wrath
  • Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come Easy Go
  • Muse: The Resistance
  • Paramore: Brand New Eyes
  • Patrick Wolf: The Bachelor
  • Peter Bjorn and John: Living Thing
  • Phosphorescent: To Willie
  • Psapp: The Camel's Back
  • Rain Machine: Rain Machine
  • Riverside: Anno Domini High Definition
  • Robyn Hitchcock: Goodnight Oslo
  • School of Seven Bells: Alpinisms
  • Shadows Fall: Retribution
  • Sondre Lerche: Heartbeat Radio
  • Suffocation: Blood Oath
  • Tegan and Sara: Sainthood
  • The Big Pink: A Brief History of Love
  • The Gourds: Haymaker
  • The Swell Season: Strict Joy
  • The Temper Trap: Conditions
  • Thermals: Now We Can See
  • Tommy Keene: In the Late Bright
  • Volcano Choir: Unmap
  • Wilco: Wilco the Album
  • Woe of Tyrants: Kingdom of Might
  • Wolfmother: Cosmic Egg

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sufjan Stevens: The BQE

Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: The BQE
Date Released: October 20, 2009
Genre: classical crossover, classical, post-rock
Rating: 7.4

Neon Indian: Psychic Chasms

Artist: Neon Indian
Album: Psychic Chasms
Date Released: October 13, 2009
Genre: indie electronic, electronic, alt-rock
Rating: 7.9

Jonsi and Alex: Riceboy Sleeps

Artist: Jonsi and Alex
Album: Riceboy Sleeps
Date Released: July 21, 2009
Genre: post-rock, experimental rock
Rating: 7.8

Pelican: What We All Come to Need

Artist: Pelican
Album: What We All Come to Need
Date Released: October 27, 2009
Genre: post-rock, post-metal, instrumental rock
Rating: 8.3

Moderat: Moderat

Artist: Moderat
Album: Moderat
Date Released: April 21, 2009
Genre: electronic, experimental techno, techno
Rating: 7.3

Kylesa: Static Tensions

Artist: Kylesa
Album: Static Tensions
Date Released: March 17, 2009
Genre: metal, alternative metal, indie metal, sludge metal
Rating: 8.2

Katatonia: Night is the New Day

Artist: Katatonia
Album: Night is the New Day
Date Released: November 10, 2009
Genre: metal, death metal, alternative metal
Rating: 8.0

Every Time I Die: New Junk Aesthetic

Artist: Every Time I Die
Album: New Junk Aesthetic
Date Released: September 15, 2009
Genre: metal, alternative metal, indie metal, screamo, metalcore
Rating: 7.2

Converge: Axe to Fall

Artist: Converge
Album: Axe to Fall
Date Released: October 20, 2009
Genre: metal, punk metal, metalcore, hardcore punk
Rating: 8.5

The Black Dahlia Murder: Deflorate

Artist: The Black Dahlia Murder
Album: Deflorate
Date Released: September 15, 2009
Genre: metal, death metal, metalcore, deathcore
Rating: 7.0