- The "Most Likely to Mutate Your DNA or Melt Your Brain" Award
Released: October 15, 2009
Rough Genre: Dubstep, DnB
Notes: I rarely use the term "sick" for anything other than explaining a bowel infection, but this is some massive awesome epic sick shit right here!
- The "Most Inspirational Album" Award
Album: Listening Tree
Released: March 16, 2009
Rough Genre: Electronica / Breakcore
Notes: This album literally opened my mind to avenues of acoustics never dreamed before. Alone it stands, but Exiles entire catalog of work has become a musical touchstone.
- The "Most Listened To Album" Award
Released: March 17, 2009
Rough Genre: Fusion Jazz
Notes: Beautiful production and musicianship from all involved meant this one got spun a lot. This is how they were meant to sound! Corea on a Moog synth is still unsurpassed.
- The "It's a Good Album, but I Seldom Listen to It" Award
Album: The Duckworth Lewis Method
Released: July 06, 2009
Rough Genre: Baroque Pop Prog
Notes: I honestly like this album a lot but I just haven't found myself listening to it all that much. It's the same issue I have with The Divine Comedy. Pity. Maybe more in 2010.
- The "Meh... The Album Has Its Moments" Award
Album: Invaders Must Die
Released: February 23, 2009
Rough Genre: Breakbeat, Rave
Notes: Well it's definitely got a lot of stuff in it. It's like a big mash up of styles from all the previous albums, but it just doesn't have much soul to it. Bonus point for retro rave stylings.
- The "Most Mediocre Album, but I still Listened to It" Award
Released: March 23, 2009
Rough Genre: Electronica
Notes: I found this album annoying at times, annoying vocals with annoying lyrics. Compared to their earlier stuff it was awful, but I kept listening to it. Interesting, that.
- The "Most Disappointing Album" Award
Album: The Resistance
Released: September 14, 2009
Rough Genre: Pretentious Emo Awful Puke Music
Notes: So bad it's in danger of validating everything bad said against MUSE in the past. Hopefully the old (non-emo) MUSE will be back for the next album.