Spin's 40 Best Albums of 2009

40.

October 5, 2009
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

38.

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

36.

Brakes - Touchdown
April 21, 2009
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

35.

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
70
13 reviews

32.

March 3, 2009
Critic Score
68
27 reviews

24.

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

23.

May 5, 2009
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

22.

October 27, 2009
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

20.

September 29, 2009
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

The singer hunts slightly bigger game on Paramore’s follow-up, brand new eyes, which, at a moment of wet-and-wild Warped Tour cynicism (see Cobra Starship and 3OH!3), offers a principled reminder of a more earnest, honest age.

19.

February 10, 2009
Critic Score
68
29 reviews

16.

April 28, 2009
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

14.

November 17, 2008
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

13.

August 18, 2009
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

12.

Ida Maria - Fortress Round My Heart
April 14, 2009
Critic Score
69
18 reviews

9.

September 15, 2009
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

7.

June 9, 2009
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

6.

April 7, 2009
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

5.

September 22, 2009
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

4.

May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
33 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.

January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
30 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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