Drowned in Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2009

Drowned in Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2009

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50. The xx - xx

October 6, 2009
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

They’re not magnificently written, with unspeakably beautiful melodies, and virtuoso instrumental performances, but they have an intangible spook. The XX know when to tense, when to relax.

49. Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike

Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike
February 2, 2009
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

41. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms

October 13, 2009
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
This just isn't THE RECORD OF THE YEAR that the blogosphere promised me it would be; but it is more than the sum of its parts.

40. Annie - Don't Stop

November 17, 2009
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

38. Emmy the Great - First Love

Emmy the Great - First Love
February 9, 2009
Critic Score
66
7 reviews

37. Vitalic - Flashmob

Vitalic - Flashmob
November 3, 2009
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

36. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

February 3, 2009
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have crafted an impeccable debut way beyond their years, and any misconceptions about them being mere revivalists of a scene only their elders could recall at first hand will surely be diminished instantaneously upon hearing this most accomplished of long players.

35. Moderat - Moderat

April 28, 2009
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

34. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

During Shellac’s excellent track ‘The End Of Radio’, about the nature of recording and broadcasting electronically amplified rock music, there’s a line (when performed live at least) that goes something like this: "This microphone converts sound into electricity/which travels down this wire/which travels up a hill/and is broadcast out into space/Into motherfucking space!... Distant alien civilization/can you he ar this snare drum?"

31. Muse - The Resistance

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
66
17 reviews

30. Girls - Album

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

As unconventional musical ensembles go, Girls must surely register at the top of the pile when it comes to spontaneous muddled creations that confound any kind of pre-conceived expectations. Much loved by both the New York art-rock fraternity and UK underground indie scenes alike, this San Francisco duo and their assorted helping hands have somehow managed to conjure up an Album that doesn't just hop between genres at random like an overexcited rabbit, but actually creates its own guessing game in the process, enticing the listener into a rabid frenzy of self-doubt. "What will come next?" indeed.

29. Atlas Sound - Logos

October 20, 2009
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

28. Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

November 23, 2009
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

26. HEALTH - Get Color

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

24. Idlewild - Post Electric Blues

Idlewild - Post Electric Blues
October 5, 2009
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

23. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

June 23, 2009
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

The practical, prosaic, documentarian's way to open a review of the new Sunset Rubdown album would be to note that it’s largely recorded live, and eschews the multiple overdubs of its predecessors, Shut Up, I Am Dreaming and Random Spirit Lover, all the better to reflect the stamping-flailing, wuh-huh-hooing bacchanal of the live-shows (and damn is there a lot of wuh-huh-hooing, when it comes to Sunset Rubdown.)

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

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
86
17 reviews

Hip-hop has been undergoing something of an image shift over the past few years. Kanye West might be to blame, his verbiose and hopeful rhyming sitting quite comfortably with his 808 loving MOR listeners. Or maybe it’s the inimitable Jay-Z, lazy and limp in his old age (the excellent Black Album excepted), supporting Coldplay of all people.

18. The Veils - Sun Gangs

The Veils - Sun Gangs
April 7, 2009
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

17. Metric - Fantasies

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

16. Memory Tapes - Seek Magic

August 25, 2009
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

O how you vex me, Dayve Hawke. You vex me because I know you are just one person, yet two of your three alter egos have names in the plural. When talking about you I know I should be all "Memory Tapes is..." but see, that upsets my pedantic semantic circuits so much that if I didn't like you as much as I do I wouldn't like you very much at all.

13. The Horrors - Primary Colours

May 5, 2009
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

The surprise appearance of The Horrors' new single, 'Sea Within a Sea', has come as quite a shock to the vast majority who dismissed the band during their initial hype-fuelled rise. Where screaming excess and over the top clobber once held sway, the single’s video reveals a group of sombre aesthetes brooding over their instruments as they coolly erect an epic, eight minute wall of sound that slaps a motorik pulse onto the early 4AD catalogue, before slowly immersing it into a bubbling pool of kosmiche noise.

9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

January 12, 2009
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

7. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
28 reviews

Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close. 

6. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
87
27 reviews

By cutting themselves off from a hurry-everywhere-and-everything society, Grizzly Bear have successfully realised their most rewarding record yet, and the first to truly feature the four in perfect harmony.

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