musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2009

musicOMH's Top 50 Albums of 2009

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50. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
77
38 reviews

49. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
User Score
83
156 reviews

48. Shakira - She Wolf

Shakira - She Wolf
November 23, 2009
Pop
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
68
45 reviews

47. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
63
15 reviews
User Score
75
61 reviews

46. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years

Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years
April 13, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
81
9 reviews

45. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
November 3, 2009
Synthpop
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
73
39 reviews

44. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
April 14, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
82
21 reviews

43. Miike Snow - Miike Snow

Miike Snow - Miike Snow
June 9, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
63
9 reviews
User Score
73
26 reviews

42. GusGus - 24/7

GusGus - 24/7
September 14, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
68
9 reviews
User Score
70
4 reviews

41. Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts

Noisettes - Wild Young Hearts
April 20, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
72
6 reviews

40. Shirley Bassey - The Performance

Shirley Bassey - The Performance
November 9, 2009
Jazz
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

39. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
January 20, 2009
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
81
50 reviews

38. Soap&Skin - Lovetune for Vacuum

Soap&Skin - Lovetune for Vacuum
April 13, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
79
10 reviews

37. Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs

Ólafur Arnalds - Found Songs
October 13, 2009
Ambient
Critic Score
73
5 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

36. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
May 26, 2009
Drone Metal
Critic Score
85
12 reviews
User Score
86
40 reviews

35. Pet Shop Boys - Yes

Pet Shop Boys - Yes
April 21, 2009
Synthpop
Critic Score
67
14 reviews
User Score
68
13 reviews

34. Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
March 9, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
78
14 reviews

33. La Roux - La Roux

La Roux - La Roux
September 29, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
79
48 reviews

32. Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do

Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do
June 16, 2009
Dancehall
Critic Score
75
20 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

31. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
June 29, 2009
World
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
75
3 reviews

30. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
June 9, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
85
6 reviews

29. Annie - Don't Stop

Annie - Don't Stop
November 17, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

Things have not been straightforward for Norway's electropop starlet Annie since the release of her debut album, Anniemal, over four years ago. Press copies of follow-up Don't Stop were already doing the rounds 12 months ago when Annie 'parted ways' with Island Records. The album was caught up in major label bureaucracy and though a number of the tracks existed in the murky depths of the filesharing fraternity, it seemed the album as a whole was lost.

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28. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
January 20, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
79
22 reviews

27. St. Vincent - Actor

St. Vincent - Actor
May 5, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
83
202 reviews

26. The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die

The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
March 3, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
62
15 reviews
User Score
71
35 reviews

25. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
79
27 reviews

24. School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
October 28, 2008
Dream Pop
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
76
15 reviews

23. The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method

The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
64
5 reviews
User Score
94
1 review

22. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
October 13, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
83
135 reviews

21. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
74
60 reviews

20. tUnE-yArDs - BiRd-BrAiNs

tUnE-yArDs - BiRd-BrAiNs
March 19, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
73
28 reviews

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
81
99 reviews

18. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
March 24, 2009
Folk Rock
Critic Score
70
26 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

17. Muse - The Resistance

Muse - The Resistance
September 15, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
66
17 reviews
User Score
67
147 reviews

16. Portico Quartet - Isla

Portico Quartet - Isla
October 9, 2009
Jazz
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

15. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
29 reviews
User Score
84
226 reviews

14. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
83
21 reviews
User Score
83
287 reviews

13. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love

The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
September 22, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
78
16 reviews

12. Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
November 23, 2009
Pop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
80
229 reviews

11. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
28 reviews
User Score
77
238 reviews

Let's be honest, the early signs were not good. Recording in the Mojave desert, talk of a 'heavier, rockier direction', early publicity photos sporting long hair and moustaches... were Arctic Monkeys turning into The Killers circa the Sam's Town era?

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10. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
339 reviews

Ambitious yet restrained, elegant yet exciting, Veckatimest is an endlessly-rewarding album which seems destined to vie with Animal Collective‘s Merriweather Post Pavilion for the title of the year’s best.

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8. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
83
74 reviews

7. The Hidden Cameras - Origin: Orphan

The Hidden Cameras - Origin: Orphan
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
65
2 reviews

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
136 reviews

5. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
85
157 reviews

4. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
83
81 reviews

Ignore speculation, and simply make time to bask in the seemingly endless supply of luxurious delights contained within this stunning achievement.

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3. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
83
534 reviews

For a debut album it’s brilliantly realised and contains not an inch of flab across its 11 songs.

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2. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
84
79 reviews

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
28 reviews
User Score
89
588 reviews

Oozing fun out of every pore, this record is the perfect tonic to the increasingly troubled times that 2009 brings with it and will most likely feature on many of those Best Of lists come December.

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