The latest blew up-in-Britain electro-pop that’s just ready to breakthrough in the States.
|19||Iron & Wine|
Around the Well
Alt-folk superstar shines even on his b-sides.
|18||The Dandy Warhols|
The Dandy Warhols Are Sound
The way Welcome To The Monkey House was meant to be heard.
|17||The Pains of Being Pure at Heart|
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Guitar fuzz thankfully returns to pop music.
|16||The Temper Trap|
Power pop with a distinctively sharp edge.
|15||Duckworth Lewis Method|
Duckworth Lewis Method
Who knew cricket pop could be so damn fun?
Memoirs From the End of the World
James Bond would dig this album.
This unique and highly innovative band puts together gentle, yet lively layers of mesmerizing sounds, creating incomparable pieces that stay ringing in your head even hours after.
Art rock at its absolute finest, Grizzly Bear have produced a collection of stunning, orchestral masterpieces.
|11||Peter Bjorn & John|
Your favorite Swedish invaders are back in force.
|10||Matt & Kim|
The infectious rhythm & cheer of Brooklyn’s favorite couple goes Grand.
Eccentric, fun, and brain-massaging electronic gems.
In following up her success of Begin To Hope, pop virtuosa Spektor straddles extremes and turns them into a devastatingly beautiful genre contradiction.
Indietronica taken to lovely new heights.
And against all odds, the only-just-post-adolescent South Londoners not only live up to the hype, but completely surpass it.
|5||Yeah Yeah Yeahs|
Yeah Yeah Yeahs embrace their pop instincts, and have never sounded more at home.
No More Stories / Are Told Today / I’m Sorry / They Washed Away // No More Stories / The World Is Grey / I’m Tired / Let’s Wash Away
The most artistic, powerful, and complex rock album of the year.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Complex sounds taken with new ambition to breakthrough success.
|2||Bat For Lashes|
With rare elegance and mystery, Natasha Khan delivers a thoroughly engaging and challenging pop album while channeling great songstresses of the past.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Delivering on all levels with soaring vocals, playful yet insanely addictive melodies, witty lyrics and extraordinarily catchy & caffeinated choruses.
Here they are. Our compilation of the best of what 2009 brought.
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