MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
23 reviews
User Score
90
290 reviews

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

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
April 14, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
84
12 reviews

3. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
72
10 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

4. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
84
49 reviews

5. Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions

Tinariwen - Imidiwan: Companions
June 29, 2009
World
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

6. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
72
18 reviews
User Score
66
16 reviews

7. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
83
92 reviews

8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
85
50 reviews

9. Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Madness - The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
September 29, 2009
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
72
3 reviews

10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

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

11. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
11 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

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

The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
June 9, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
84
4 reviews

13. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
86
189 reviews

14. Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement
September 8, 2009
Soul
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
74
6 reviews

15. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

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

16. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
User Score
85
130 reviews

17. The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
January 26, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
89
1 review

18. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
85
15 reviews
User Score
85
84 reviews

19. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
May 26, 2009
Drone
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
User Score
83
18 reviews

20. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
79
10 reviews

21. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
83
60 reviews

22. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
84
273 reviews

23. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
24 reviews
User Score
79
118 reviews

24. Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo

Vieux Farka Touré - Fondo
May 26, 2009
World
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
NR

25. Alasdair Roberts - Spoils

Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
May 5, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
NR

26. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

27. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - I Speak Fula
September 14, 2009
World
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

28. Vetiver - Tight Knit

Vetiver - Tight Knit
February 17, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
68
5 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

29. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
User Score
83
30 reviews

30. Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort

Staff Benda Bilili - Tres Tres Fort
March 24, 2009
World
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

31. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - What Have You Done, My Brother?
May 26, 2009
Soul
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

32. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
84
46 reviews

34. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
75
36 reviews

35. Portico Quartet - Isla

Portico Quartet - Isla
October 9, 2009
Jazz
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
84
5 reviews

36. White Denim - Fits

White Denim - Fits
June 22, 2009
Garage Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

37. BLK JKS - After Robots

BLK JKS - After Robots
September 8, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
NR

38. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
79
19 reviews

39. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky

Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head and the Sky
September 21, 2009
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
75
1 review

40. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

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

41. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
83
20 reviews

42. Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley - Doug Paisley
January 27, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
55
2 reviews
User Score
NR

43. Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones

Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
October 6, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
83
9 reviews

44. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information, Vol. 3
April 14, 2009
Jazz
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
84
1 review

45. Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My

Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My
October 27, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
69
6 reviews
User Score
NR

46. The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze

The Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze
September 1, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
85
1 review

47. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
67
17 reviews
User Score
67
15 reviews

48. Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid

Dan Auerbach - Keep It Hid
February 10, 2009
Blues Rock
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
User Score
78
6 reviews

49. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
16 reviews
User Score
86
20 reviews

50. Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir

Max Richter - Waltz with Bashir
January 6, 2009
Ambient
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

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