Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
June 30, 2009
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
87
27 reviews

The third disc from this Brooklyn quartet has a sound that is completely its own: an opulent, intimate rumble built on churning acoustic riffs, haunted croons and precise string parts.

15. Girls - Album

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
28 reviews

The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness, and when they nail it, it's breathtaking.

13. Drake - So Far Gone

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
70
18 reviews

9. The xx - xx

October 6, 2009
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

Four pouty kids from South London, barely out of their teens, the xx see nothing wrong with playing Timbaland or Jam and Lewis-style R&B with an indie band's chops.

8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

March 10, 2009
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

4. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
65
24 reviews
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