The Best Albums of 2009

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Merriweather Post Pavilion
1.  Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
The list author says:
  "Album of the Year. Is there an Animal Collective backlash? Probably. Anybody who gathers critical attention like this is bound to get it. Been following them for years & this is one of their best."
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Embryonic [Standard]
2.  Embryonic [Standard] by The Flaming Lips
The list author says:
  "Whilst I enjoyed 2006's At War With The Mystics, I'd perhaps written-off The Flaming Lips slightly as no longer able to surprise. Wrong. A welcome psychedelic sprawl of a record."
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Veckatimest
3.  Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
The list author says:
  "This album just grows and grows and grows. Six months since it's relase I'm still finding new facets to it, and the closing "Foreground" is the year's most intimate moment."
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Popular Songs
4.  Popular Songs by Yo La Tengo
The list author says:
  "I'm a little late to the party with Yo La Tengo, having only picked up on them with 2006's I'm Not Afraid... LP. I've got some catching up to do. This confirms it. A firm favourite."
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Future Will Come
5.  Future Will Come by The Juan Maclean
The list author says:
  "A love-letter to the dance music of the 80s, yet somehow sounding distinctly modern... I'm going to go out on a limb and say I prefer this to LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver. It's that good."
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Monoliths and Dimensions
6.  Monoliths and Dimensions by Sunn 0)))
The list author says:
  "Their decision to bring orchestral elements into their doom/drone/sludge metal sound may have polarised opinion, but to me this is their most creatively satisfying record since Flight Of The Behemoth."
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The Crying Light
7.  The Crying Light by Antony and the Johnsons
The list author says:
  "Released so early in the year it's easy to forget just how wonderful Antony and the Johnsons continue to be. Their subtlest work yet, and possibly their best."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Tarot Sport
8.  Tarot Sport by Fuck Buttons
The list author says:
  "With the help of Andy Weatherall, F*** Buttons have embraced late nineties dance sensibilities. Less edge than before, but more arms-aloft moments."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Actor
9.  Actor by St. Vincent
The list author says:
  "Exceptionally strong second album from Annie Clark's St. Vincent vehicle. Echoes of Kate Bush for sure, but this is an album so assured as to have it's own personality. Very interesting."
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Get Color
10.  Get Color by Health
The list author says:
  "If pushed, I'd say I prefer the feral onslaught of their debut or the trashy electro of the DISCO remix album, which is not to slight Get Color, especially the likes of "Die Slow" and "We Are Water"."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Eternal
11.  The Eternal by Sonic Youth
The list author says:
  "With the arguable exception of NYC Ghosts & Flowers, Sonic Youth haven't put out a bad record in two decades. This level of excellent consistency is wholly impressive. The Eternal is a fitting name."
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Beacons Of Ancestorship
12.  Beacons Of Ancestorship by Tortoise
The list author says:
  "Tortoise quietly released their best work of the decade. Some deceptively funky angular instrumental rock to chew over. Great."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
13.  Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
The list author says:
  "A gorgeous, addictive, svelt pop album. There's nothing wrong with catchy hooks and great fun. Classy stuff guys."
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House On The Causeway
14.  House On The Causeway by Reigns
The list author says:
  "Bought on a recommendation, bizarrely, from a guy working in Waterstones. Think Nick Cave's murder ballads reimagined with the electronic textures of The Books."
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Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
15.  Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian by Prefuse 73
The list author says:
  "Think I'm one of the only people who thought this was any good, and not only that a significant improvement on Security Screenings or Surrounded By Silence. Can't please everyone. This pleased me."
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2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

It's Blitz!
16.  It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The list author says:
  "I didn't want to like this. It's all shiny, and polished, and successful. But let the muso-snob guard down and here's simply a great pop record. Sometimes that's all you need."
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Earthly Delights
17.  Earthly Delights by Lightning Bolt
The list author says:
  "Four years on from Hypermagic Mountain and it's good to see that Lightning Bolt have lost none of their ability to hammer out fuzz-caked noise-rock. A wonderful endurance test, again."
£10.21   Used & New from: £7.37

Women
18.  Women by Women
The list author says:
  "A little rough around the edges, but a really promising debut. Keep an ear out in the future."
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xx (Digipack)
19.  xx (Digipack) by The xx
The list author says:
  "So simply really. Take the kind of drum-machine assisted indie rock formerly peddled by the likes of ArabStrap or The Postal Service and add soulful, husky, wanton vocals. Works a dream."
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Wilco (the album)
20.  Wilco (the album) by Wilco
The list author says:
  "Turns out we're still waiting for Wilco to climb back out of their quietly-pretty phase, but no matter. Wilco (the album) is an improvement on Sky Blue Sky and boasts album-cover-of-the-year surely."
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Wavvves
21.  Wavvves by Wavves
The list author says:
  "Not big, not clever (arguably not particularly talented), nevertheless there was something in the ramshackle, noisy chaos of Wavves' debut proper that got me coming back over and over."
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BORN LIKE THIS
22.  BORN LIKE THIS by MF Doom
The list author says:
  "Perhaps not a career high per se, nevertheless Born Like This was a welcome slab of new material from the Metal Faced maestro. Worth your time."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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