Spin's 40 Best Albums of 2009

40. KISS - Sonic Boom

October 5, 2009
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

38. Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap

Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap
April 21, 2009
Critic Score
64
8 reviews

36. Brakes - Touchdown

Brakes - Touchdown
April 21, 2009
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

35. Miike Snow - Miike Snow

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
66
9 reviews

32. U2 - No Line on the Horizon

March 3, 2009
Critic Score
67
26 reviews

24. Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg

Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
October 26, 2009
Critic Score
63
12 reviews

23. St. Vincent - Actor

May 5, 2009
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

22. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

October 27, 2009
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

20. Paramore - Brand New Eyes

September 29, 2009
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

19. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

February 10, 2009
Critic Score
67
27 reviews

16. Japandroids - Post-Nothing

April 28, 2009
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

14. Amadou & Mariam - Welcome to Mali

November 17, 2008
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

13. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall

August 18, 2009
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

12. Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart

Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart
April 14, 2009
Critic Score
68
16 reviews

9. Drake - So Far Gone

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

7. Mos Def - The Ecstatic

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

6. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

5. Girls - Album

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

4. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Even as they feature orchestras, women’s choirs, and Beach House singer Victoria Legrand on Veckatimest, the album is still an intimate, ascetic affair.

1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
29 reviews

Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group’s career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.

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