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A.V. Club's Top 25 Albums of 2009

A.V. Club's Top 25 Albums of 2009

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25. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing
April 28, 2009
Garage Rock
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
81
91 reviews

24. 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
43 reviews

23. White Rabbits - It's Frightening

White Rabbits - It's Frightening
May 19, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
16 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

22. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux

Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
December 16, 2008
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
70
24 reviews

21. The Thermals - Now We Can See

The Thermals - Now We Can See
April 7, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
116 reviews

There’s very little of the old Yeah Yeah Yeahs skronk on the band’s third LP, It’s Blitz!, but the record still sounds not of this Earth.

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19. 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
77
15 reviews
User Score
81
59 reviews

In spite of that earnest, staunch reliance on its blueprint, TPOBPAH’s debut full-length is refreshingly watertight throughout.

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18. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park

Lucero - 1372 Overton Park
October 6, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
80
3 reviews

17. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
April 14, 2009
Folk
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
82
18 reviews

16. St. Vincent - Actor

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

15. Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan

Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan
April 21, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
19 reviews
User Score
73
4 reviews

14. 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
83
17 reviews
User Score
82
15 reviews

13. 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
82
27 reviews

12. Jay Z - The Blueprint 3

Jay Z - The Blueprint 3
September 8, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
24 reviews
User Score
67
51 reviews

11. The Antlers - Hospice

The Antlers - Hospice
March 3, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
86
204 reviews

10. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
January 20, 2009
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
80
14 reviews

9. Brother Ali - Us

Brother Ali - Us
September 22, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
80
7 reviews

8. Converge - Axe To Fall

Converge - Axe To Fall
October 20, 2009
Metalcore
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
84
24 reviews

7. P.O.S. - Never Better

P.O.S. - Never Better
February 3, 2009
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
90
3 reviews

6. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
March 3, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
User Score
79
21 reviews

5. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

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

Over nine indispensable tracks, Bitte Orca forges a more perfect union between eccentricity and accessibility.

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4. Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
June 23, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
85
20 reviews

3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
91
27 reviews
User Score
89
495 reviews

Merriweather's sound plays like both a summation and an expansion of everything Animal Collective has done so far, with a sharper focus on melody and more emboldened vocals that drive the songs.

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2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Indie Folk
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
User Score
86
271 reviews

Veckatimest is more song-oriented than its predecessors without sacrificing any experimental tics, making for the band’s most satisfying record yet.

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1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

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

Laced throughout all of it are generous, wide-eyed melodies of a kind that makes for swooning sighs and curious feelings of instant nostalgia.

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