Top 10 Albums of 2009

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3 déc. 2009, 9h32m

In no order:
Pearl Jam - Backspacer: The 90s rockers return with a new sound, to reflect a new era.
Notable tracks: Got Some, Unthought Known, The End

Paramore - Brand New Eyes: The band's follow up to 2007's RIOT! features a darker edge, and deeper lyrics reflecting the turmoil of the band at the time of the record's conception.
Notable tracks: Brick by Boring Brick, Turn It Off, All I Wanted

The Flaming Lips - Embryonic: With their first venture since 2006's At War With The Mystics, Wayne and co. return with a double album full of instrumentals, pounding bass riffs, hard sound explosions, and guest appearances from Karen O and MGMT.
Notable tracks: Convinced of the Hex, Silver Trembling Hands, Watching the Planets

Allison Iraheta - Just Like You: The Idol runner up's debut album dwarfs the debuts of the winner (Allen) and the more popular one (Lambert) with the edgy sound expected from the 17-year old rocker.
Notable tracks: Just Like You, Don't Waste The Pretty, Holiday

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!: The indie rockers take a new direction to a more synth fueled, electronic based album, and they pull it off perfectly.
Notable tracks: Zero, Heads Will Roll, Hysteric

Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart: The Norwegian musician's first album shows off a edgy, angry sound that comes right at you.
Notable tracks: Oh My God, I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked, Stella

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - Outer South: The Bright Eyes veteran brings the Mystic Valley Band back for a second album which works better than the first, including new versions of previously released tracks, and scathing protest songs.
Notable tracks: Slowly (Oh So Slowly), Big Black Nothing, Roosevelt Room

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love: The indie rockers paint a long, sprawling picture of fantasy with this rock opera.
Notable tracks: Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga), The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid, The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk: The indie rock superstars form to make an album showcasing the talents of Conor Oberst, Jim James, and M. Ward while still retaining the sound of a fresh new band.
Notable tracks: Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.), Say Please, His Master's Voice

Alberta Cross - Broken Side of Time: The debut album from Alberta Cross displays the smooth vocals of Neil Young, with the blistering rock of early Oasis.
Notable tracks: Broken Side of Time, Song 3Three Blues, Rise from the Shadows

Honorable Mentions:
Regina Spektor - Far
Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

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