The Best Albums of 2009

Notes:

I set forth a few rules for doing this you might want to know. If not, feel free to skip this boring stuff and get to the goodness below. Otherwise, please read rules below.

  • no compilations, live recordings, re-releases, etc.
  • electronic (primarily) and/or instrumental albums have a seperate list (see below)
  • starting this year, each end of year list may contain albums released over last 15 months. this is to account for amazing releases which occur near the end of the year and may “slip through the cracks.”
  • Once an album is rated, it may not appear on a subsequent list, regardless of whether it remains in 15 month window.

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Top 25

01) Fever Ray – Fever Ray
02) School Of Seven Bells – Alpinisms (Originally Released Oct 28, 2008)
03) The Big Pink – A Brief History Of Love
04) Mew – No more stories… I’m tired Let’s wash away
04) Circulatory System – Signal Morning
05) Cotton Jones – Paranoid Cocoon
06) Deastro – Moondagger
07) Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
08) Atlas Sound – Logos
09) IAMX – Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction
10) The Dodos – Time To Die
11) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
12) The XX – xx
13) Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
14) The Antlers – Hospice
15) Au Revoir Simone – Still Night, Still Light
16) St. Vincent – Actor
17) The Clientele – Bonfires on the Heath
18) Girls – Album
19) Yacht – See Mystery Lights
20) Devendra Bandhart – What Will We Be
21) The Mountain Goats – The Life Of The World To Come
22) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
23) Asobi Seksu – Hush
24) The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
25) Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

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electronic (primarily) and/or instrumental

01) Vitalic – Flashmob
02) Moderat – Moderat
03) Tim Exile – Listening Tree
04) Zombi – Spirit Animal
05) Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
06) Prefuse 73 – Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
07) Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us
08) Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
09) Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
10) Broadcast & The Focus Group – Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

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Other Good Stuff (no particular oder):

Tara Jane O’Neil – A Ways Away
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
The Dutchess and The Duke – Sunset/Sunrise
Bowerbirds – Upper Air
Elvis Perkins – Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Patients – Volume I
Michael Parallax – ha ha hallelujah!
Michael Parallax – HEAAVY THINGS
Matias Aguayo – Ay Ay Ay
Polly Scattergood – Polly Scattergood
M. Ward – Hold Time
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Warpaint – Exquisite Corpse (EP)
Bon Iver – Blood Bank (EP)
Fanfarlo – Reservoir
Air – Love 2
Trembling Bells – Carbeth
Telepathe – Dance Mother
Marmoset – Tea Tornado
Megafaun – Gather, Form And Fly
Noah And The Whale – The First Days of Spring
Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor
Vetiver – Tight Knit
Sonic Youth – The Eternal
A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose
Marissa Nadler – Little Hells
Passion Pit – Manners
Micachu – Jewellery
Harlem Shakes – Technicolor Health

…and probably others I won’t know about for weeks/months/years to come…

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Albums I Wanted To Check Out But Never Got To:

Wavves – Wavvves
Kings Of Convenience – Declaration Of Dependence
Wooden Shjips – Dos
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Eels – Hombre Lobo
Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Regina Spektor – Far

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Popular Yet Disappointing / Didn’t Care For / (?HATED IT?):

Norah Jones – The Fall
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
The Flaming Lips – Dark Side Of The Moon
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
Roykșpp РJunior
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young