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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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The Fiery Furnaces: 8 November 2009 - Guelph, ON

If you were looking for some of the Fiery Furnaces' semi-traditional live madness, this show might have been disappointing.

Ian Mathers
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The Fiery Furnaces: Remember

Remember is a successful illustration of this thorny indie group’s approach to live music: not as nostalgic recreation of familiar favourites, but as a strange and arresting guide towards new territory.

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The Fiery Furnaces

I don’t listen to the Fiery Furnaces much, but there's a reason I see them every time they come to town.

Stuart Henderson
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The Fiery Furnaces: Widow City

Since the band plays it so safe on this record, it makes the stories they are telling sound emotionless. Fiery Furnaces has become predictable.

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The Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea

Bitter Tea is an uncontrolled outpouring of musical concepts in every way, the good ideas right along with the bad -- life.

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The Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir

Art-poppers overreach and turn in one of the year's biggest disappointments.

Justin Cober-Lake
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The Fiery Furnaces: EP

Forget what you know, and crank this sucker up like it's June already. The Friedbergers have returned (although maybe they never left).

Dave Dierksen

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