Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009

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

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
17 reviews
User Score
81
31 reviews

24. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
September 22, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
User Score
76
15 reviews

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
June 30, 2009
Americana
Critic Score
74
6 reviews
User Score
75
2 reviews

22. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
27 reviews
User Score
74
77 reviews

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
87
27 reviews
User Score
85
338 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.

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20. 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

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. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
April 28, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
71
20 reviews
User Score
70
31 reviews

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
81
35 reviews

16. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

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

15. Girls - Album

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

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

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

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

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13. Drake - So Far Gone

Drake - So Far Gone
September 15, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
72
66 reviews

12. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
82
55 reviews

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer
September 22, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
18 reviews
User Score
66
53 reviews

10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

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

9. The xx - xx

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

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8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

The-Dream - Love vs Money
March 10, 2009
R&B
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
72
11 reviews

7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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

6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

5. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
May 15, 2009
Punk Rock
Critic Score
68
18 reviews
User Score
62
86 reviews

4. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
24 reviews
User Score
66
69 reviews

3. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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

2. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
January 27, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
69
20 reviews
User Score
68
20 reviews

1. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2 - No Line on the Horizon
March 3, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
64
23 reviews
User Score
64
56 reviews

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