2009 Top 50 Albums


Creating a Top 50 Albums list is never easy.  You have to battle with what you think the world believes, and what you truly believe in your heart, to be solid jams.  We have even more trouble because we have to three writers, all who have different ideas, and we have to make those ideas fit into a neat box.  Well, we got it done, and honestly, our criteria was based on two things: how great we thought the album was, artistically speaking, and how long we listened to it without getting bored.  That’s it. It’s fool proof; you might not like it, but it’s our list, so here it is…

50. Future of the Left – Travels with Myself and Another

49. David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

48. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

47. Vetiver – Tight Knit

46. White Rabbits – It’s Frightening

45. The Dodos – Time to Die

44. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band -s/t

43. The Raveonettes – In and Out of Control

42. Molina and Johnson -s/t

41. Pants Yell! – Received Pronunciation

40. Why? – Eskimo Snow

39. Fruit Bats – Ruminant Band

38. Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen

37. The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

36. Iran – Dissolver

35. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

34. Sonic Youth – The Eternal

33. The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

32. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

31. The Strange Boys – …and Girls Club

30. Blank Dogs – Under and Under

29. Generationals – Con Law

28. Foreign Born – Person to Person

27. Bowerbirds – Upper Air

26. Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall

25. Dent May and His Magic Ukulele – The Good Feeling Music of Dent May

24. Ola Podrida – Belly of the Lion

23. The Antlers – Hospice

22. The XX – s/t

21. I Was a King – s/t

20. My Latest Novel – Deaths and Entrances

19. Cats on Fire – Our Temperance Movement

18. Patrick Wolf – The Bachelor

17. Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications

16. The Thermals – Now We Can See

15. The Dutchess and the Duke – Sunset/Sunrise

14. Thomas Function – In the Valley of Sickness

13. God Help the Girl -s/t

12. Papercuts – You Can Have What You Want

11. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

10. The Cave Singers – Welcome Joy

9. The Great Nostalgic – s/t

8. Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter

7. J. Tillman – Year in the Kingdom

6. Girls – Album

5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

4. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

3. Glasvegas -s/t

2. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t


  • Esser – Braveface
    Matt And Kim – Grand

  • That matt and kim album comes up again and again on the internets.

    Interesting approach, and probably more honest, to take into account replayability of these albums when making the list. Though it discounts the early 2009 discs, either through overplaying or popular backlash. Call it the Phoenix Collective syndrome.

    It makes sense though. Which of these will stand the test of time, be listened to again in a year.. or 5 or 10?

    Animal Collective? Griz?

  • Blackroc.
    Dark Was The Night.

  • oh yeah. blakroc. dass nice.

  • agree with everything above…
    joe pug – in the meantime EP
    the sounds – crossing the rubicon
    lucero – 1372 overton park
    john k. samson – city route 85 EP
    p.o.s. – never better
    rancid – let the dominoes fall
    the flaming lips – embryonic
    westbound train – come and get it
    m.ward – hold time
    speech debelle – speech therapy

  • I realize this is way late, but I totally agree with #2 and #5. Loved them both.

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