The Best Albums of 2009

It is time once again for my annual “Best Albums of the Year” list. I’m also putting together a “Best Albums of the Decade” list that will be posted sometime soon. Here are the winners….

Best Albums of 2009
20. Sunset Rubdown – Dragon Slayer
19. The Love Language – S/T
18. Passion Pit – Manners
17. Au Revoir Simone – Still Night, Still Light
16. Phoenix  – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
15. Wooden Birds – Magnolia
14. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
13. The Clientele – Bonfires on the Heath
12. Iron And Wine – Around the Well
11. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
10. Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
9. Dark Was The Night – Red Hot Compilation
8. Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
7. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
6. Real Estate – S/T
5. The Mountain Goats – The Life of the World to Come
4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – S/T
3. The Antlers – Hospice
2. The xx – xx
1. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Honorable Mention
Metric – Fantasies
Rabbit Children –Thou Shalt Have A Time Machine
Atlas Sound – Logos
Washed Out – Life Of Leisure
Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
Buit To Spill – There is No Enemy
David Bazan – Curse Your Branches
A.A. Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose
Best Coast – Make You Mine EP
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Ocra
Telekinesis – Telekinesis!
Dinosaur Jr.
– Farm

Most Disappointing: A.C. Newman – Get Guilty
Most Overrated: (tie) St. Vincent – Actor / Girls – Album
Most Underrated: Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Best Debut: The xx – xx
Best Album Art: Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Released in ’08/Found in ’09: Ladyhawke
– S/T
Good Riddance: Foreign Born

See also: The Best of 2008


3 thoughts on “The Best Albums of 2009

  1. Hey brian! Love the list, every year, faithfully.
    Also check out Bat for Lashed Deluxe Ed – nice bonus cuts the really round out the album for me! Take care – ernie

  2. I know none of these! What happened!?! How about lunch sometime soon, my friend? I’d love to get caught up on whas happenin’

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