Drowned in Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2009

Drowned in Sound's Top 50 Albums of 2009

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50.

October 6, 2009
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

They’re not magnificently written, with unspeakably beautiful melodies, and virtuoso instrumental performances, but they have an intangible spook. The XX know when to tense, when to relax.

49.

Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike
February 2, 2009
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

48.

October 20, 2009
Critic Score
71
19 reviews

46.

August 25, 2009
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

44.

March 23, 2009
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

41.

October 13, 2009
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
This just isn't THE RECORD OF THE YEAR that the blogosphere promised me it would be; but it is more than the sum of its parts.

40.

November 17, 2009
Critic Score
74
23 reviews

38.

Emmy the Great - First Love
February 9, 2009
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

37.

Vitalic - Flashmob
November 3, 2009
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

36.

February 3, 2009
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have crafted an impeccable debut way beyond their years, and any misconceptions about them being mere revivalists of a scene only their elders could recall at first hand will surely be diminished instantaneously upon hearing this most accomplished of long players.

35.

April 28, 2009
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

31.

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
67
21 reviews

30.

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

As unconventional musical ensembles go, Girls must surely register at the top of the pile when it comes to spontaneous muddled creations that confound any kind of pre-conceived expectations. Much loved by both the New York art-rock fraternity and UK underground indie scenes alike, this San Francisco duo and their assorted helping hands have somehow managed to conjure up an Album that doesn't just hop between genres at random like an overexcited rabbit, but actually creates its own guessing game in the process, enticing the listener into a rabid frenzy of self-doubt. "What will come next?" indeed.

29.

October 20, 2009
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

28.

November 18, 2009
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

27.

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

26.

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

25.

August 18, 2009
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

24.

Idlewild - Post Electric Blues
October 5, 2009
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

23.

June 23, 2009
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

The practical, prosaic, documentarian's way to open a review of the new Sunset Rubdown album would be to note that it’s largely recorded live, and eschews the multiple overdubs of its predecessors, Shut Up, I Am Dreaming and Random Spirit Lover, all the better to reflect the stamping-flailing, wuh-huh-hooing bacchanal of the live-shows (and damn is there a lot of wuh-huh-hooing, when it comes to Sunset Rubdown.)

22.

March 3, 2009
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

18.

The Veils - Sun Gangs
April 7, 2009
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

17.

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

16.

August 25, 2009
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

O how you vex me, Dayve Hawke. You vex me because I know you are just one person, yet two of your three alter egos have names in the plural. When talking about you I know I should be all "Memory Tapes is..." but see, that upsets my pedantic semantic circuits so much that if I didn't like you as much as I do I wouldn't like you very much at all.

13.

May 5, 2009
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

The surprise appearance of The Horrors' new single, 'Sea Within a Sea', has come as quite a shock to the vast majority who dismissed the band during their initial hype-fuelled rise. Where screaming excess and over the top clobber once held sway, the single’s video reveals a group of sombre aesthetes brooding over their instruments as they coolly erect an epic, eight minute wall of sound that slaps a motorik pulse onto the early 4AD catalogue, before slowly immersing it into a bubbling pool of kosmiche noise.

11.

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

10.

September 29, 2009
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

Lyrically, brand new eyes sees the band on starkly confessional form. This may seem unsurprising; after all, sleeve-hearted angst is the bread and butter that keeps the filling of pop-punk-emo together in Paramore's own particular brand of sarnie (although for them it's probably more of a sub.)

9.

January 12, 2009
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

8.

September 8, 2009
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

7.

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
93
31 reviews

Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close. 

6.

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

By cutting themselves off from a hurry-everywhere-and-everything society, Grizzly Bear have successfully realised their most rewarding record yet, and the first to truly feature the four in perfect harmony.

5.

October 20, 2009
Critic Score
81
23 reviews

2.

May 5, 2009
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
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