Rolling Stone's 25 Best Albums of 2009

24. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
72
21 reviews

23. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt

June 30, 2009
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

21. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

The third disc from this Brooklyn quartet has a sound that is completely its own: an opulent, intimate rumble built on churning acoustic riffs, haunted croons and precise string parts.

19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

18. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life

April 28, 2009
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

15. Girls - Album

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

14. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
29 reviews

The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness, and when they nail it, it's breathtaking.

13. Drake - So Far Gone

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

11. Pearl Jam - Backspacer

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
71
19 reviews

9. The xx - xx

October 6, 2009
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

Four pouty kids from South London, barely out of their teens, the xx see nothing wrong with playing Timbaland or Jam and Lewis-style R&B with an indie band's chops.

8. The-Dream - Love vs Money

March 10, 2009
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

4. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
66
25 reviews

1. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

March 3, 2009
Critic Score
67
26 reviews
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