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NME's 50 Best Albums of 2009

1. The Horrors - Primary Colours

The Horrors - Primary Colours
May 5, 2009
Post-Punk
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
85
36 reviews

2. The xx - xx

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
87
14 reviews
User Score
85
190 reviews

3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
83
62 reviews

4. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
11 reviews
User Score
85
36 reviews

5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
20 reviews
User Score
90
195 reviews

6. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
87
17 reviews
User Score
86
129 reviews

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
76
7 reviews

8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
October 20, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
84
14 reviews
User Score
85
40 reviews

9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

Fever Ray - Fever Ray
January 13, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
84
10 reviews
User Score
86
65 reviews

10. Jamie T - Kings & Queens

Jamie T - Kings & Queens
October 6, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
68
9 reviews

11. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
June 9, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
57
10 reviews
User Score
78
19 reviews

12. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
August 25, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
80
75 reviews

13. La Roux - La Roux

La Roux - La Roux
September 29, 2009
Electropop
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
78
21 reviews

14. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers
May 19, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
79
9 reviews

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
70
5 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

16. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
February 16, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
62
12 reviews
User Score
69
44 reviews

17. Girls - Album

Girls - Album
September 22, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
82
11 reviews
User Score
84
56 reviews

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
86
11 reviews
User Score
81
7 reviews

19. The Maccabees - Wall of Arms

The Maccabees - Wall of Arms
May 4, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
78
6 reviews

20. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
June 9, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
86
17 reviews
User Score
85
100 reviews

21. HEALTH - Get Color

HEALTH - Get Color
September 8, 2009
Noise Rock
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

22. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
April 7, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
83
47 reviews

23. Doves - Kingdom of Rust

Doves - Kingdom of Rust
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

24. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

Cold Cave - Love Comes Close
November 3, 2009
New Wave
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
77
4 reviews

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
66
14 reviews
User Score
78
27 reviews

26. Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
82
60 reviews

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
10 reviews
User Score
80
3 reviews

28. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career
April 21, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
80
14 reviews

29. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
November 3, 2009
Synthpop
Critic Score
68
8 reviews
User Score
69
13 reviews

30. The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
10 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

31. Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery
March 9, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
82
4 reviews

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
62
11 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

33. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
62
16 reviews
User Score
68
22 reviews

34. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Indie Pop
Critic Score
85
14 reviews
User Score
84
119 reviews

35. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Sonic Youth - The Eternal
June 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
81
12 reviews

36. The Drums - Summertime!

The Drums - Summertime!
September 11, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
75
3 reviews

37. Passion Pit - Manners

Passion Pit - Manners
May 19, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
User Score
81
42 reviews

38. Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans

Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans
August 18, 2009
Noise Rock
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
77
3 reviews

39. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing
April 28, 2009
Garage Rock
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
83
50 reviews

40. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night

Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
October 28, 2008
Noise Pop
Critic Score
71
9 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews

41. Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions

Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
November 9, 2009
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
85
11 reviews

42. Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream

Empire of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
April 21, 2009
Electronic
Critic Score
62
10 reviews
User Score
67
12 reviews

43. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
January 27, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
22 reviews
User Score
77
33 reviews

44. Oneida - Rated O

Oneida - Rated O
July 7, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
68
10 reviews
User Score
87
2 reviews

45. Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
September 22, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

46. Gallows - Grey Britain

Gallows - Grey Britain
May 5, 2009
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
58
5 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

47. Telepathe - Dance Mother

Telepathe - Dance Mother
April 14, 2009
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
70
10 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

48. Atlas Sound - Logos

Atlas Sound - Logos
October 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
83
38 reviews

49. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
79
15 reviews

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
78
11 reviews

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