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Top 60 Albums of 2009 (20-1)

By QRO
Here they are.  Our compilation of the best of what 2009 brought.
Also: 60-41 and  40-21
20 La Roux
La Roux

The latest blew up-in-Britain electro-pop that’s just ready to breakthrough in the States.
La Roux
19 Iron & Wine
Around the Well

Alt-folk superstar shines even on his b-sides.
Iron & Wine
18 The Dandy Warhols
The Dandy Warhols Are Sound

The way Welcome To The Monkey House was meant to be heard.
The Dandy Warhols
17 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Guitar fuzz thankfully returns to pop music.
Full review
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
16 The Temper Trap
Conditions

Power pop with a distinctively sharp edge.
Full review
The Temper Trap
15 Duckworth Lewis Method
Duckworth Lewis Method

Who knew cricket pop could be so damn fun?
Duckworth Lewis Method
14 The Postmarks
Memoirs From the End of the World

James Bond would dig this album.
Full review
The Postmarks
13 Fanfarlo
Reservoir

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.
Full review
Fanfarlo
12 Grizzly Bear
Veckatimest

Art rock at its absolute finest, Grizzly Bear have produced a collection of stunning, orchestral masterpieces.
Grizzly Bear
11 Peter Bjorn & John
Living Thing

Your favorite Swedish invaders are back in force.
Full Review
Peter Bjorn & John
10 Matt & Kim
Grand

The infectious rhythm & cheer of Brooklyn’s favorite couple goes Grand.
Full review
Matt & Kim
9 Röyksopp
Junior

Eccentric, fun, and brain-massaging electronic gems.
Full review
Röyksopp
8 Regina Spektor
Far

In following up her success of Begin To Hope, pop virtuosa Spektor straddles extremes and turns them into a devastatingly beautiful genre contradiction.
Full review
Regina Spektor
7 Passion Pit
Manners

Indietronica taken to lovely new heights.
Full review
Passion Pit
6 The xx
xx

And against all odds, the only-just-post-adolescent South Londoners not only live up to the hype, but completely surpass it.
Full Review
The xx
5 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It’s Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs embrace their pop instincts, and have never sounded more at home.
Full Review
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4 Mew
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.
Full review
Mew
3 Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

Complex sounds taken with new ambition to breakthrough success.
Full review
Animal Collective
2 Bat For Lashes
Two Suns

With rare elegance and mystery, Natasha Khan delivers a thoroughly engaging and challenging pop album while channeling great songstresses of the past.
Full review
Bat For Lashes
1 Phoenix
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Delivering on all levels with soaring vocals, playful yet insanely addictive melodies, witty lyrics and extraordinarily catchy & caffeinated choruses.
Full review
Phoenix
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