No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2009



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 81
Based on 453 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (11), Alternative Rock (7), Indie Pop (6), Experimental (5), Electronic (3), Hip Hop (3), Garage Rock (2), Indie Folk (2), Alt-Country (1), Experimental Rock (1), Folk Rock (1), Ambient (1), Lo-Fi (1), Drone (1), Chamber Pop (1), Noise Rock (1), Progressive Metal (1), Shoegaze (1)

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

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


MPP is a dense studio record with a prominent synthetic pulse, but AC does not jettison warmth by leaning ‘lectronic, instead defying the sterility associated with its own techniques. 


2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

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



3. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

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



4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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



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

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
February 3, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80



6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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



7. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic

The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
October 13, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
84



8. The Thermals - Now We Can See

The Thermals - Now We Can See
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
12 reviews
USER SCORE
74



9. The Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come

The Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
October 6, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
75



10. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

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



11. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm

Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
June 23, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
81



12. The Horrors - Primary Colours

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



13. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

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



14. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

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



15. Girls - Album

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



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

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
88
11 reviews
USER SCORE
87



17. St. Vincent - Actor

St. Vincent - Actor
May 5, 2009
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
14 reviews
USER SCORE
85



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. Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

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



20. Wilco - Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
June 30, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77



21. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
June 23, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
15 reviews
USER SCORE
85



22. Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem

Mount Eerie - Wind's Poem
August 18, 2009
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
87
7 reviews
USER SCORE
86



23. 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



24. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
May 26, 2009
Drone
CRITIC SCORE
85
8 reviews
USER SCORE
87



25. The xx - xx

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



26. Dan Deacon - Bromst

Dan Deacon - Bromst
March 24, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
86
11 reviews
USER SCORE
82



27. The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
March 3, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
85
14 reviews
USER SCORE
89



28. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar

A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
September 15, 2009
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
79
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81



29. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

Mos Def - The Ecstatic
June 9, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
77
8 reviews
USER SCORE
84



30. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
January 20, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81



31. Atlas Sound - Logos

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



32. The Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away

The Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away
July 21, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
79
13 reviews
USER SCORE
74



33. Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
January 20, 2009
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
84
14 reviews
USER SCORE
83



34. Built to Spill - There is No Enemy

Built to Spill - There is No Enemy
October 6, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79



35. YACHT - See Mystery Lights

YACHT - See Mystery Lights
July 28, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
73
11 reviews
USER SCORE
76



36. The Field - Yesterday and Today

The Field - Yesterday and Today
May 19, 2009
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
82
11 reviews
USER SCORE
81



37. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall

Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall
August 18, 2009
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
77



38. Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years

Super Furry Animals - Dark Days / Light Years
April 13, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
11 reviews
USER SCORE
83



39. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love

The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
March 24, 2009
Folk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
13 reviews
USER SCORE
81



40. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
November 17, 2009
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
10 reviews
USER SCORE
79



41. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

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



42. Mastodon - Crack The Skye

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
March 24, 2009
Progressive Metal
CRITIC SCORE
83
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81



43. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Hometowns
July 7, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
3 reviews
USER SCORE
79



44. Polvo - In Prism

Polvo - In Prism
September 8, 2009
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
8 reviews
USER SCORE
80



45. Various Artists - Dark Was The Night

Various Artists - Dark Was The Night
February 17, 2009
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
86



46. Wavves - Wavves

Wavves - Wavves
March 17, 2009
Lo-Fi
CRITIC SCORE
71
6 reviews
USER SCORE
76



47. Mountains - Choral

Mountains - Choral
February 17, 2009
Ambient
CRITIC SCORE
76
6 reviews
USER SCORE
87



48. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue

Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
June 23, 2009
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
77
9 reviews
USER SCORE
85



49. Micachu and the Shapes - Jewellery

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



50. DOOM - Born Like This

DOOM - Born Like This
March 24, 2009
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
73
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80



Original Source: http://www.noripcord.com/features/top-50-albums-2009-part-one

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