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RARB Picks of 2009

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2009 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2009 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to.

Newly this year, reviewers were also asked to select Songs of the Year!


  1. maybebop — Endlich Authentisch
  2. Hyannis Sound — On the Clock
  3. Stanford U. Harmonics — Escape Velocity
  4. Tufts U. Beelzebubs — Play the Game
  5. Apes & Babes — Planet of Apes & Babes
  6. Cornell U. Chordials — Smash
  7. Firedrill! — ... Sings without Music, Vol. 2
  8. Six13 — Yesh Chadash
  9. U. of Toronto Onoscatopoeia — The EH List
  10. U. Virginia Sil'hooettes — Take it to the Bridge
  11. various (AACI) — Sing V: Groovus

Honorable Mentions

  1. Pust — Kry
  2. Brandeis U. VoiceMale — Suit Up
  3. U. Penn Shabbatones — Friday Night Lights
  4. Rescue — Before the Throne

Songs of the Year

Rebecca Christie

John Colton

Robert Dietz

Andrew DiMartino

Brian Haverkate

Thomas King

Elie Landau

Catherine Lewis

Jonathan Minkoff

Kimmie Raschka Sailor

Kevin Sawyer


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