For bluegrass fans, 2009 was a great year for music, a bad year for frugality. Though we're only listing the Top Ten, there were many excellent artists and albums worthy of a mention.
Riverside: Love, Fear and the Time Machine
Cacophonies and Heavenly Choruses: A Cure for the Classical Blues
Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls
Noah Gundersen: Carry the Ghost
Can Magic Cure Madness?
FKA twigs: M3LL155X
Elephant Revival: Sands of Now
"Completing the puzzles of Trapped in a Room With a Zombie makes you feel like you know your teammates much better than you did before -- at least in terms of working together and problem solving.