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The Best Albums of 2009

by Jason Dietz, Metacritic Features Editor December 29, 2009

Our top album of the year is from Animal Collective


High Scoring Albums by Year
2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion
by Animal Collective 89
2008 London Zoo by The Bug 90
2007 From Here We Go Sublime by The Field 90
2006 Savane by Ali Farka Toure 94
2005 Illinois by Sufjan Stevens 90

Will 2009 go down as the least memorable year in music of the past decade? Despite having many more albums to choose from (Metacritic scored 892 albums this year, up from 805 last year and well up from the 400-600 per year we averaged in earlier years), not a single qualifying new studio album achieved a score of 90 or above — the first time in our 10-year history that has happened. And only six of the 100 highest-scoring albums of the past decade were released in 2009.

(Several live albums and compilations released in 2009 did surpass the 90 mark, but such releases are excluded from this article, which centers only on new studio albums.)

Having said that (sorry, Larry David), at least there’s a chance you may have heard of our top-ranking album of 2009, which cannot always be said about our year-end high score lists. Animal Collective may not be a household name, but in indie music circles, their whimsical landmark Merriweather Post Pavilion actually qualifies as a high-profile release. With a Metascore of 89, it’s our top album of 2009, and it’s one that people could still be listening to in the years to come.

Later in this article, we’ll look at the albums singled out by critics as the year’s best. First, let’s take a look at the best albums of the year (in Metacritic’s database) as determined by their Metascores — an average of all reviews given by those same critics at the time of each album’s original release.

The 50 Best-Reviewed Albums of 2009
    Album Genre Metascore Users
1 Merriweather Post Pavilion
by Animal Collective
Indie/Alternative 89 8.4

While the Collective may still be a little too "out there" to seep into the collective consciousness, their amalgam of indie rock, twisted folk, and Beach Boys harmonies reached its finest expression yet in Merriweather Post Pavilion, an album that earned a 90 or higher from 19 of the 36 critics from whom we have a review.
2 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II
by Raekwon
Rap 88 8.7

The Wu-Tang member’s long-delayed sequel to 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx finally emerged in 2009, but it was worth the wait: it’s the best-reviewed rap album of the year.
3 Blue Record
by Baroness
Metal 88 9.1

A somewhat obscure hard rock band out of Georgia, Baroness impressed enough critics with this sophomore release to place third on our list.
4 Monoliths & Dimensions
by Sunn O)))
Metal 88 6.4

The veteran drone metal duo Sunn O))) returned in 2009 with an avant garde 4-song album both intricate and epic. And loud.
5 American Saturday Night
by Brad Paisley
Country 86 7.9

Both critically acclaimed and designed for maximum commercial appeal, Night is also our highest-ranked country album of 2009.
6 Welcome To Mali
by Amadou & Mariam
World 86 7.9

This married African couple reached a worldwide audience with their 2005 breakthrough Dimanche À Bamako, and their follow-up has proved to be equally well-received by critics.
7 Hospice
by The Antlers
Indie/Alternative 86 9.4

The first full-length from the Brooklyn five-piece as a full band (rather than as a Peter Silberman solo project) is this highly personal concept album about losing a loved one to cancer.
8 Veckatimest
by Grizzly Bear
Indie/Alternative 85 8.5
Fresh from opening for Radiohead, Grizzly Bear returned to the studio and emerged with their best-received (and probably their most accessible) album to date, although it didn’t quite achieve the heights of the similarly collage-y Animal Collective release.
9 Wind’s Poem
by Mount Eerie
Indie/Alternative 85 8.5

One of several solo projects for Washington state artist Phil Elverum, Mount Eerie echoes at times the same mysterious Northwestern vibe heard on the Twin Peaks soundtrack on this, its best-reviewed release to date.
10 Journal For Plague Lovers
by Manic Street Preachers
Indie/Alternative 85 9.1

The Steve Albini-produced Journal is intended by the radical Welsh band as a sequel to their third and best album, 1994’s The Holy Bible.
11 Bitte Orca
by Dirty Projectors
Indie/Alternative 85 7.9

One of a number of acclaimed 2009 albums (see also: Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, et al) that veer toward the experimental end of indie rock, Bitte Orca may be the most genre-bending and strange of them all.
12 Revolution
by Miranda Lambert
Country 85 9.5
The mainstream country star’s third album managed to match the stellar Metascore of its predecessor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
13 Axe To Fall
by Converge
Metal 85 8.9

The Massachusetts metalcore band returned in ‘09 with perhaps their best album since their career-defining 2001 effort Jane Doe.
14 BLACKsummers’night
by Maxwell
R&B 85 9.3

The top R&B album on our Best of 2009 chart, BLACKsummers’night is Maxwell’s first release in eight years. But there will be more soon; it’s the first disc in a planned trilogy.
15 Yonder Is The Clock
by The Felice Brothers
Indie/Alternative 84 8.4

The New York state folk/Americana band won over critics with their sense of playfulness on this fourth release.
16 Electric Dirt
by Levon Helm
Roots Rock 84 8.6

A former member of The Band, the 69-year-old Helm has experienced a career resurgence after a bout with throat cancer, following 2007’s Dirt Farmer with this more plugged-in solo effort.
17 Imidiwan: Companions
by Tinariwen
World 84 8.5

The 30-year-old band from Mali released just their fourth album in 2009, a disc that once again highlighted their mastery of African blues.
18 Dark Days/Light Years
by Super Furry Animals
Indie/Alternative 84 8.0

Dark Days is just another in a string of critically-acclaimed albums for the Welsh outfit fronted by Gruff Rhys.
19 Heavy Ghost
by DM Stith
Indie/Alternative 84 7.9
The Indiana singer-songwriter might be one of the least-known artists on this list, but critics knew that this debut album was a success.
20 xx
by The xx
Indie/Alternative 84 9.1

It’s rare enough to find an album that echoes Young Marble Giants in its sophisticated and moody minimalism, let alone one that is a debut from a band as young as London’s The xx.
21 Bonfires On The Heath
by The Clientele
Indie/Alternative 84 8.3

One of the most consistent bands of the past decade, England’s The Clientele equaled their high Metascore with this fourth studio album of melancholic, ’60s-influenced indie rock.
22 UGK 4 Life
by UGK
Rap 84 8.1

The rap duo’s seventh and final album was partially recorded before the death of member Pimp C, and serves as a fitting tribute rather than an exploitative cash-in.
23 Two Dancers
by Wild Beasts
Indie/Alternative 83 9.2

While the vocals might be an acquired taste for some, this second album from the dynamic English band sounded great to most critics.
24 The Excitement Plan
by Todd Snider
Alt-Country 83 9.0

Don Was produced this latest release from the alt-country singer-songwriter known for his storytelling skills and sense of humor.
25 Post-Nothing
by Japandroids
Indie/Alternative 83 8.4

The Canadian duo made their full-length debut with this blast of fuzzy, sludgy indie punk rock.
26 Us
by Brother Ali
Rap 83 9.0

This fourth album of thought-provoking rap from the Minnesota-based Brother Ali was produced by Atmosphere’s Ant.
27 The Bright Mississippi
by Allen Toussaint
Jazz 83 9.6

This mostly instrumental set from the legendary New Orleans musician was produced by Joe Henry.
28 Between My Head and the Sky
by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
Rock 83 7.5

As The Observer wrote in September, Sky — recorded in part with Japan’s Cornelius — was "easily the best LP to be released by a 76-year-old this month." Of course, it was also the worst.
29 BlaQKout
by DJ Quik & Kurupt
Rap 83 7.5

Blaqkout is the first full-length collaboration between former Dogg Pound member Kurupt and Compton hip-hop producer DJ Quik.
30 Tarot Sport
by Fuck Buttons
Electronic 83 7.9

Andrew Weatherall produced this second release for the Bristol, England-based Fuck Buttons, who take an electronic approach to post-rock.
31 Choral
by Mountains
Indie/Alternative 83 6.6
One of countless Brooklyn-based artists appearing on this chart (and we say "countless" only because we are too lazy to tally them), Mountains moved critics with their third album of indie drone.
32 Love vs Money
by The-Dream
R&B 83 8.8

Singer-songwriter Terius Youngdell Nash managed to take time out from his successful career as a producer to record his second album, which also placed second among all R&B albums on Metacritic in ‘09.
33 The List
by Rosanne Cash
Country 83 10.0

Cash drew on a list of essential American songs given to her by her father (the late Johnny Cash) for this covers album, which includes collaborations with Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen.
34 Carboniferous
by Zu
Metal 83 9.5

The Italian trio’s 2009 album is the rare metal release to draw comparisons to avant-garde composer John Zorn.
35 East Of Eden
by Taken By Trees
Indie/Alternative 83 9.0

Eden, the second solo release for former Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman, incorporates musical influences from the country where it was recorded: Pakistan.
36 Drift
by Nosaj Thing
Electronic/Rap 83 9.0

Los Angeles-based instrumental hip-hop artist Jason Chung drew positive notices for this debut release.
37 (a)spera
by Mirah
Indie/Alternative 82 9.1

The sophisticated fourth album for the Portland, Ore.-based singer-songwriter was co-produced by Phil Elverum, who was also responsible for entry #9 on this list.
38 Crack The Skye
by Mastodon
Metal 82 9.4

An 82 is nothing to be ashamed of, but subtract a few mediocre reviews and this blistering metal album soars even higher.
39 The Glass Bead Game
by James Blackshaw
Folk 82 9.5
A talented 12-string guitarist, the London-based Blackshaw also showcases his piano skills on Game, the rare folk album to include 18-minute songs.
40 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
by Phoenix
Indie/Alternative 82 8.4

If you’ve watched TV at all in the past year, you’ve heard bits of at least one track (and likely more) from this unbelievably catchy fourth album from the French band.
41 Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
by Bill Callahan
Indie/Alternative 82 8.5
Now recording under his own name rather than as Smog, Callahan soared to one of his highest Metascores with Eagle, although some critics disliked portions of the disc.
42 Logos
by Atlas Sound
Indie/Alternative 82 8.8

A side project for Deerhunter leader Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound wavers between experimental and accessible — and usually toward the former, except when Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier lend a hand.
43 Earthly Delights
by Lightning Bolt
Indie/Alternative 82 7.0

The abrasive experimental rock duo from Rhode Island expand their sound — to a degree — on this fifth release, but it’s still not for everyone.
44 King Of Jeans
by Pissed Jeans
Indie/Alternative 82 9.5

The third album for the Pennsylvania hardcore punk band is both heavy and humorous.
45 Townes
by Steve Earle
Rock 82 8.3

The veteran guitarist — always a favorite of critics — returned in 2009 with an album of Townes Van Zandt covers.
46 Midnight At The Movies
by Justin Townes Earle
Country 82 9.0
Like father, like son: Earle follows his dad on our chart with his own 2009 release, a set of Americana tunes that proved equally popular with critics.
47 It’s Blitz
by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Indie/Alternative 82 8.2

A departure for the Karen O-fronted band, It’s Blitz ditched the guitar-driven sound of previous efforts — to an extent — in favor of a surprisingly effective synth-pop groove.
48 Primary Colours
by The Horrors
Indie/Alternative 82 8.7

The English band surprised critics by following up their unremarkable debut Strange House with this quantum leap forward in songwriting and sound — one of our favorites of 2009.
49 Written In Chalk
by Buddy & Julie Miller
Country 81 9.6

The married duo’s first album together since 2001 featured a number of all-star guests, including Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris.
50 Fever Ray
by Fever Ray
Electronic 81 8.6

The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson followed that band’s acclaimed 2006 release Silent Shout with this, her equally chilly solo debut.

Albums released between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009 and having 7 or more reviews in Metacritic’s database were eligible for the above list. Reissues, EPs, live albums, holiday albums, greatest hits albums, multi-artist soundtracks, and other compilations are excluded. All Metascore data is from December 28, 2009. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). User scores represent an average of scores assigned by site visitors, from 0 (bad) to 10 (good).

Next, we have a few more of the year’s best albums, listed by category and genre. Note that when it comes to genres, some (e.g., indie/alternative) are covered on Metacritic with much greater frequency than others (e.g., jazz).

High-Scoring 2009 Releases by Category
Category Top Album Metascore
January Release Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective 89
February Release Choral by Mountains 83
March Release Welcome To Mali by Amadou & Mariam 86
April Release Yonder Is The Clock by The Felice Brothers 84
May Release Monoliths & Dimensions by Sunn O))) 88
June Release American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley 86
July Release BLACKsummers’night by Maxwell 85
August Release Hospice by The Antlers 86
September Release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II by Raekwon 88
October Release Blue Record by Baroness 88
November Release World Painted Blood by Slayer 80
December Release The Element of Freedom by Alicia Keys 71
Debut Album Hospice by The Antlers* 86
Live Album The Live Anthology by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 94
Compilation/Box Set Keep an Eye on the Sky by Big Star 96
Indie/Alternative Album Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective 89
Rap Album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II by Raekwon 88
Electronic/Dance Album Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons 83
Pop/R&B Album BLACKsummers’night by Maxwell 85
Country Album American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley 86
Metal Album Blue Record by Baroness 88
Jazz Album The Bright Mississippi by Allen Toussaint 83
World Music Album Welcome To Mali by Amadou & Mariam 86

* Several solo albums have previously come under the Antlers name, but this is their first full-length release after becoming a full band.

On Metacritic, we consider "great" albums — those we label as having "universal acclaim" from critics — to be those with a Metascore of 81 or greater. In 2009, a total of 63 out of 667 qualifying albums (studio recordings with seven or more reviews), or 9.4%, could be considered "great" in this way. How were these highest-scoring albums distributed throughout the year? Mainly in the spring and fall, it appears:

Great Albums (Metascore ≥ 81) by Month of Release, 2009

More Collective thinking: A roundup of music critic top ten lists

While the music critics collectively determined Animal Collective to have the top album of the year at the time of its release, where did Merriweather Post Pavilion rate at the end of the year? To find out, we have tallied each publication’s Best of 2009 lists to determine the albums appearing most frequently in the Top 10 (and those most frequently crowned the best album of the year). We have even expanded our usual selection of publications to include several magazines, websites, and newspapers whose reviews don’t normally appear on our pages.

Note that the list below is not weighted or scored in any way; albums are simply ranked by the frequency with which they appear in critic Top 10 lists, in any position on those lists. (The number of times they appear in the #1 position is indicated as a convenience.) A full list of publications used — with links to many of the individual lists — appears beneath the table.

View a full listing of each publication’s Top 10 lists in Metacritic’s Music section.

Albums with Most Mentions in Critic Top 10 Lists, 2009
  Album # 1’s Top Ten Lists Metascore
1 Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective 16 32 89
2 Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear 2 26 85
3 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix 3 25 82
4 It’s Blitz by Yeah Yeah Yeahs 0 19 82
5 Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors 0 18 85
6 Middle Cyclone by Neko Case 2 15 79
7 xx by The xx 1 10 84
8 Embryonic by The Flaming Lips 0 8 79
8 Fever Ray by Fever Ray 0 8 81
8 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II by Raekwon 1 8 88
8 Two Dancers by Wild Beasts 1 8 83
12 Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons 0 7 83
13 I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers 3 6 77
13 Lungs by Florence and The Machine 0 6 79
13 Post-Nothing by Japandroids 0 6 83
13 Two Suns by Bat For Lashes 0 6 76
17 Actor by St. Vincent 1 5 81
17 Album by Girls 0 5 79
17 Primary Colours by The Horrors 1 5 82
17 The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z 1 5 65
17 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 0 5 76
17 Wilco (The Album) by Wilco 0 5 76
23 American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley 2 4 86
23 BLACKsummers’night by Maxwell 2 4 85
23 Hospice by The Antlers 0 4 86
23 Logos by Atlas Sound 0 4 82
23 My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura 0 4 80
23 No Line on the Horizon by U2 1 4 72
23 The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists 0 4 74
30 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day 0 3 70
30 brand new eyes by Paramore 0 3 73
30 Crack The Skye by Mastodon 0 3 82
30 Love vs Money by The-Dream 0 3 83
30 Manners by Passion Pit 0 3 76
30 Rated R by Rihanna 0 3 76
30 Revolution by Miranda Lambert 0 3 85
Other albums receiving at least one #1 ranking:
  Because I Was In Love by Sharon Van Etten 1 1 xx
  Fortress Around My Heart by Ida Maria 1 2 74
  Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age by Broadcast And The Focus Group 1 1 74
  So Far Gone by Drake 1 2 xx
  Toeachizown by Dam-Funk 1 1 xx
  Travail, Transformation and Flow by Steve Lehman Octet 1 1 xx
  West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum by Kasabian 1 1 68

The 44 individual Best of 2009 lists used to compile the above data were from (with their #1 picks in parentheses):

You can view the top 10 picks from most of these sources in Metacritic Music. Of course, we’ve only scratched the surface; for a far more complete list of links to lists, here is a link to a list of links to lists: Largehearted Boy. And, over at Acclaimed Music, Excel fans can even download a spreadsheet with rankings from dozens of publications.

What are your favorites?

What are your picks for the best albums of 2009? Let us know in the comments section below, or join the discussion in our forums.

Comments on This Article

Comment by Marc Doyle on 12/29/09 at 5:39pm  |  Link to this

It’s too bad that Tegan & Sara’s excellent “Sainthood” (80) didn’t crack the 2009 top 50!

Comment by Justin Pruitt on 12/29/09 at 8:20pm  |  Link to this

It’s hard to argue with a list that uses such objective criteria, but I wish phoenix would’ve been higher on the list and I wouldn’t put embryonic on the list at all… but the rest looks great!

Comment by TheyDidItFirst on 12/29/09 at 11:56pm  |  Link to this

I agree with the first two posters, Phoenix should have been higher (my favorite of the year) but Sainthood definitely should have been in the list too.

Comment by TheOrangeFellow on 12/30/09 at 2:07am  |  Link to this

I didn’t really get into Animal Collective’s latest. I’m really not sure why, it just seemed a tad too repetitive to me, kind of dull. I would rather give the number one to Grizzly Bear, bu oh well. It’s a shame the great self-titled Low vs Dimaond didn’t make it on.

Comment by Colo(u)r on 12/30/09 at 6:46am  |  Link to this

What about Destroyer’s “Bay of Pigs” EP? — I know it’s not an LP but they should have a section for the best EPs.

Comment by yes on 12/30/09 at 10:25am  |  Link to this

If they had a section for best EP’s Animal Collective would be #1 with their Fall Be Kind EP, which is kind of ironic.

Comment by Jayrad on 12/30/09 at 11:47pm  |  Link to this

Animal Collective deserve that spot 100%. Best album of the year, hands down.

Comment by Lance Romance on 12/31/09 at 2:28am  |  Link to this

Animal Collective has been my favorite band since Sung Tongs and seeing them do as well as they did this year was like seeing my favorite sports team win the series final. With that said, the record that really blew me away in 2009, and, consequently, divided most listeners, was not Merriweather, but Sunn O)))’s notoriously unapproachable ‘Monoliths And Dimensions”, which is strangely also their most accessible record. And then I read the reviews… Many critics, mostly ‘professionals’ no less, compare the album to jazz, partially because there’s a track dedicated to Alice Coltrane (which also features a horn section). Mostly, these writers are using jazz as a reference point because they have no f*cking idea how to write about the record. And the reason they do not know how to write about it is because they didn’t listen to it properly. Yes, it is possible to not listen to a record properly, just as David Lynch would tell you that you can’t actually watch a movie on your iPhone, even if you think you have. And if Monoliths could be a movie, it would be 2001: A Space Odyssey. Like watching Kubrick’s 2001 for the first time and not fully understanding the point, yet unable to shake off the experience and a strange feeling that something deeper happened during the film, something you couldn’t quite make out, I think Monoliths will be a record that people will rediscover in 10 years, when younger listeners finally catch up to it, and the older give it a second chance, with an open attitude. Ahead of its time, and like 2001, it comes close to changing the form of the medium, not simply by taking the focus away from rhythm and melody (anyone can do that), but by crafting the densest, heaviest, finest f*cking example of why Dune wasn’t too far off when it suggested sound as a lethal weapon. Which is why it is difficult to talk about this record without sounding like either a scientist or a magnificent dork. Instead, I suggest you sit back, relax, and let Monolith And Dimensions massage your loins.

Don’t afraid. Just let it happen.

Comment by Marah on 12/31/09 at 8:43am  |  Link to this

Curious how the albums that had the same metacritic ranking were ranked – like 2, 3 and 4 all have 88s, so how was it decided what was #2, etc? #3 has a higher user rating…
I’m not arguing w/ this list. I think it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen this year, but just wondering how the ranking system works.

Comment by Jason Dietz on 12/31/09 at 9:32am  |  Link to this

Marah: In all tables where we rank by Metascore, the albums are ranked by their exact scores prior to rounding (e.g., an album with a Metascore of 88.245 would be ranked ahead of one with a score of 87.925, even though we would list both as 88 after we round the scores to the nearest whole number).

Comment by Marah on 12/31/09 at 10:42am  |  Link to this

Jason: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh. That’s awesome. Thanks!

Comment by Richie on 12/31/09 at 12:28pm  |  Link to this

My vote for best album of 2009 goes to ‘It’s Blitz!’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

Comment by DeeJayMN on 12/31/09 at 12:57pm  |  Link to this

Very happy to see the Blaqout album on the list, I really enjoyed DJ Quiks production over the years and this is no different. My favorite of the year hands down has been Cunninlynguists – Strange Journey Volume I and II. They have mastered their craft, and the fact that they were not official studio albums prove the point even more. Also liked Wu Tang Clan’s – Chamber Music.

Comment by James on 12/31/09 at 3:46pm  |  Link to this

Glad to see the manic street preachers getting some much deserved love.

Comment by Michael on 12/31/09 at 11:25pm  |  Link to this

And 50 Lala’s is a real computer lagger.

Comment by JT on 1/1/10 at 11:55am  |  Link to this

I must be getting older because I didn’t really like any album on these lists

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Comment by Lance on 1/1/10 at 2:37pm  |  Link to this

but what did you like JT?
I thought this list covered most my favorites- except I also love The tUnE-yArDs “Bird-Brains” , Zola Jesus “The Spoils” and the Kid Cudi disc. Cleveland represent!

Comment by Lommy on 1/1/10 at 10:50pm  |  Link to this

Overall, a great list! I was disappointed to see that Mew’s new album “No More Stories…” didn’t make the list. I think it’s grossly under-rated, but I’m sure everybody has an album they feel that way about.

Comment by Angus on 1/1/10 at 11:50pm  |  Link to this

“Albums with Most Mentions in Critic Top 10 Lists, 2009″ is a fairly comprehensive list, albeit very American-oriented. By no means is this a list of global music. I have a different perspective, ethnically Chinese but an American citizen.

Comment by Mike on 1/2/10 at 8:22pm  |  Link to this

My favorite album of the year was Just Like You by Allison Iraheta the album flowed excellent, and was much better than it needed to be for idol ilum debut album. Also, if you were to go off this site there are many more favorable reviews than listed. Once she releases the second single be it “Don’t Waste the Pretty” or “Holiday”, I fully expect her to blow up.

Comment by dark element on 1/2/10 at 9:02pm  |  Link to this

would be nice i agree if sainthood was on here… along with dragonslayer.. but with what was listed here in the top 50 id pick fever ray as #1. its just a pleasant album from start to finish. i cant explain it.. its just an album that you can listen to at anytime of the day.

Comment by J Thibeau on 1/2/10 at 10:37pm  |  Link to this

‘Merriweather’ is spectacular and deserves it, even though the Phoenix and Grizzly Bear records are also excellent and more immediately accessible. Was glad to see two fantastic country albums getting some nods, Paisley and Lambert. And I hear they’re touring together this year. Ah, the irony!

Comment by Brent on 1/3/10 at 9:24am  |  Link to this

You put the UKG album ahead of the Brother Ali album? Someone here is smoking crack…

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Comment by Geoff on 1/3/10 at 9:31pm  |  Link to this

Surprised to see few if any mentions of Cage the Elephant’s debut. Really like that album.

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Comment by Brandon on 1/6/10 at 1:49pm  |  Link to this

The Incident by Porcupine Tree was amazing. I’m very surprised it didn’t make this list. It’s my favorite album in years.

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