Paste's 25 Best Albums of 2009

22. Sufjan Stevens - The BQE

October 20, 2009
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

20. Wild Light - Adult Nights

Wild Light - Adult Nights
March 3, 2009
Critic Score
67
5 reviews

17. The Antlers - Hospice

March 3, 2009
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

16. Passion Pit - Manners

May 19, 2009
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

14. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
85
32 reviews

One of the most singularly engrossing albums likely to be released this year, a triumph in sustained creative restlessness.

13. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
72
22 reviews

11. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

Veckatimest sounds like the final product of a meticulous and exacting evolutionary process—one that has added depth and color to their swooning chamber pop arrangements, crispness to their intricate rhythms and intensity to their careful performances.

10. Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed

Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
September 8, 2009
Critic Score
68
8 reviews

6. Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost

Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost
October 6, 2009
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

5. David Bazan - Curse Your Branches

David Bazan - Curse Your Branches
September 1, 2009
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

3. Elvis Perkins - Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Elvis Perkins - Elvis Perkins in Dearland
March 10, 2009
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

This is the new indie ethos: Don’t think; dance.

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