Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2009

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2009

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50. 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

49. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Horizon

Kevin Drumm - Imperial Horizon
October 27, 2009
Drone
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

48. The xx - xx

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

47. Baroness - Blue Record

Baroness - Blue Record
October 13, 2009
Sludge Metal
Critic Score
86
5 reviews
User Score
82
38 reviews

46. Ducktails - Landscapes

Ducktails - Landscapes
August 6, 2009
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
72
2 reviews
User Score
67
3 reviews

45. HEALTH - Get Color

HEALTH - Get Color
September 8, 2009
Noise Rock
Critic Score
77
17 reviews
User Score
79
18 reviews

44. Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds

Sun Araw - Heavy Deeds
August 4, 2009
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

43. Caboladies - Crowded Out Memory

Caboladies - Crowded Out Memory
January 1, 2009
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

42. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

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

41. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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

40. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
April 21, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
82
30 reviews

39. Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was

Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was
September 1, 2009
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
NR

38. St. Vincent - Actor

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

37. Real Estate - Real Estate

Real Estate - Real Estate
November 17, 2009
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
81
91 reviews

36. Super Minerals - Clusters

Super Minerals - Clusters
January 1, 2009
Ambient
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

35. Kreng - L'Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu

Kreng - L'Autopsie Phénoménale De Dieu
May 25, 2009
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
90
1 review

34. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
June 23, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
86
27 reviews

33. Social Junk - Born Into It

Social Junk - Born Into It
January 1, 2009
Art Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

32. Flower-Corsano Duo - The Four Aims

Flower-Corsano Duo - The Four Aims
March 17, 2009
Math Rock
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

31. Matrix Metals - Flamingo Breeze

Matrix Metals - Flamingo Breeze
December 15, 2009
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

30. Black to Comm - Alphabet 1968

Black to Comm - Alphabet 1968
October 26, 2009
Ambient
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
67
2 reviews

29. Jon Hopkins - Insides

Jon Hopkins - Insides
May 5, 2009
IDM
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
83
19 reviews

28. John Wiese - Circle Snare

John Wiese - Circle Snare
June 9, 2009
Noise
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

27. Wolf Eyes - Always Wrong

Wolf Eyes - Always Wrong
May 11, 2009
Industrial
Critic Score
74
1 review
User Score
NR

26. Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples - Circulations

Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples - Circulations
June 5, 2009
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
NR

25. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

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

24. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

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

23. Julian Lynch - Orange You Glad

Julian Lynch - Orange You Glad
August 1, 2009
Psychedelic Folk
Critic Score
68
1 review
User Score
NR

22. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor

Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
September 8, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
80
12 reviews

21. DOOM - Born Like This

DOOM - Born Like This
March 24, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
79
36 reviews

20. Broadcast and the Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

Broadcast and the Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
October 27, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
NR

19. Girls - Album

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

18. Blues Control - Local Flavor

Blues Control - Local Flavor
July 14, 2009
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
67
3 reviews
User Score
NR

17. Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria

Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria
May 12, 2009
Critic Score
74
1 review
User Score
NR

16. The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
March 3, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
257 reviews

Hospice is a work of rare beauty and a watershed moment in The Antlers’ career. 

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15. Dan Deacon - Bromst

Dan Deacon - Bromst
March 24, 2009
Indietronica
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
82
40 reviews

14. Graham Lambkin - Softly Softly Copy Copy

Graham Lambkin - Softly Softly Copy Copy
November 0, 2009
Critic Score
NR
User Score
72
2 reviews

13. Zu - Carboniferous

Zu - Carboniferous
February 17, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
76
4 reviews

Mongrel means one of mixed ancestry. Usually used in reference to canines, the word describes those whose parentage is unknown and who lack traits specific to one single breed. Instead, a melange of genetic influences create a creature who typically displays what is known as hybrid vigor, the opposite of the classic problem of pure-breed genetic defects, such as hip dysplasia. There is certainly the possibility that a hybrid will inherit mostly undesirable traits from its pare nts — known as outbreeding depression — but it is more likely that the mongrel will show traits consistent with outbreeding enhancement, taking desirable traits from the parents and producing a more robust and long-lasting creature.

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12. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

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

A piece of art that had too much pressure ascribed to it, that found its creators trying too hard to make a masterpiece when they could have followed a more natural progression.

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11. Emeralds - What Happened

Emeralds - What Happened
January 27, 2009
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
68
1 review

10. Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy
October 6, 2009
Rock
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
User Score
74
23 reviews

9. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights

Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
October 13, 2009
Noise Rock
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
79
9 reviews

8. Atlas Sound - Logos

Atlas Sound - Logos
October 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
82
82 reviews

7. Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem

Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem
August 18, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
84
44 reviews

6. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

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

5. 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

4. Oneohtrix Point Never - Zones Without People

Oneohtrix Point Never - Zones Without People
August 6, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
76
10 reviews

3. 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

2. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

On Merriweather, their art reminds us that immersion in Western tropes need not be met with scorn, that not all of its idioms have yet been exhausted, that embracing optimism and melody can still be so relevant -- and it aches in the most soulful of ways.

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