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The (Last) Year in Music — the Rest

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I suck at writing, and I suck even more at writing often.

Here’s the rest of the list of my favorite music from 2009:

  • Number four: The Great Misdirect by Between The Buried And Me

The Great Misdirect by Between The Buried And Me

Incredible work from the always-reliable technical metal group. This is an album for serious guitar and bass aficionados; the talent on display here is profound.

  • Number three: Crack The Skye by Mastodon

Crack The Skye by Mastodon

A concept album about a paraplegic who gets involved with Russian ghosts told with typical Mastodon intensity, complete with a pretty awesome Rush tribute.

  • Number two: Beggars by Thrice

Beggars by Thrice

Probably my favorite band, Thrice turns yet another new page in the book of their ever-changing styles. Beggars is groovy and filled with Dustin Kensrue’s typical lyrical thoughtfulness.

  • Number one: Daisy by Brand New

Daisy by Brand New

Brand New brings an intensity to a genre that (rightly) gets accused of being stale. Seeing these guys perform songs from both Daisy and Your Favorite Weapon live is an incredible sight.