NME's 50 Best Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY

List Rating: 77
Based on 404 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (10), Indie Pop (7), Alternative Rock (6), Electronic (4), Experimental (3), Experimental Rock (3), Noise Rock (3), Indie Folk (2), Singer-Songwriter (2), Alt-Country (1), Synthpop (1), New Wave (1), Noise Pop (1), Pop (1), Garage Rock (1), Electropop (1), Hardcore Punk (1), Hip Hop (1), Folk (1)

1. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
85



2. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
85



3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
84



4. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
9 reviews
USER SCORE
85



5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
94
16 reviews
USER SCORE
90



6. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
89
16 reviews
USER SCORE
87



7. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love

The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
September 22, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73



8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
86



9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
84
9 reviews
USER SCORE
86



10. Jamie T - Kings & Queens

Jamie T - Kings & Queens
October 6, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
67



11. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78



12. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81



13. La Roux - La Roux

La Roux - La Roux
September 29, 2009
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
4 reviews
USER SCORE
77



14. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



15. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than The Stars EP

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than The Stars EP
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
71



16. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
February 16, 2010
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
61
10 reviews
USER SCORE
67



17. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
11 reviews
USER SCORE
83



18. Future of the Left - Travels with Myself and Another

Future of the Left - Travels with Myself and Another
June 23, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
11 reviews
USER SCORE
83



19. The Maccabees - Wall of Arms

The Maccabees - Wall of Arms
May 4, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
79



20. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
86



21. HEALTH - Get Color

HEALTH - Get Color
September 8, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
11 reviews
USER SCORE
82



22. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
84



23. Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Doves - Kingdom of Rust
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
9 reviews
USER SCORE
79



24. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
November 3, 2009
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
75



25. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
February 10, 2009
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
67
13 reviews
USER SCORE
78



26. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



27. PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By

PJ Harvey and John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By
March 31, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
9 reviews
USER SCORE
82



28. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
April 21, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
79



29. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
November 3, 2009
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
69
8 reviews
USER SCORE
67



30. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73



31. Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
March 9, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
7 reviews
USER SCORE
84



32. Noah and The Whale - The First Days Of Spring

Noah and The Whale - The First Days Of Spring
October 6, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
63
11 reviews
USER SCORE
77



33. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
63
15 reviews
USER SCORE
70



34. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
86
14 reviews
USER SCORE
84



35. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82



36. The Drums - Summertime!

The Drums - Summertime!
September 11, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
4 reviews
USER SCORE
75



37. Passion Pit - Manners

Passion Pit - Manners
May 19, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
82



38. Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans

Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
August 18, 2009
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
77



39. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing
April 28, 2009
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
13 reviews
USER SCORE
84



40. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night

Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
October 28, 2008
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83



41. Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions

Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
November 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
6 reviews
USER SCORE
84



42. Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
April 21, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
62
9 reviews
USER SCORE
67



43. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
21 reviews
USER SCORE
79



44. Oneida - Rated O

Oneida - Rated O
July 7, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
10 reviews
USER SCORE
83



45. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
74



46. Gallows - Grey Britain

Gallows - Grey Britain
May 5, 2009
Hardcore Punk
CRITIC SCORE
59
5 reviews
USER SCORE
76



47. Telepathe - Dance Mother

Telepathe - Dance Mother
April 14, 2009
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
10 reviews
USER SCORE
70



48. Atlas Sound - Logos

Atlas Sound - Logos
October 20, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
82



49. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
CRITIC SCORE
81
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



50. Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
July 6, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
6 reviews
USER SCORE
80




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