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My 50 favorite albums of 2009


My Top 10 for the year, as previously reported here. I've linked to any applicable reviews, by myself and others:

1. â?¦And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Century of Self (Justice)

2. Yo La Tengo , Popular Songs (Matador)

3. Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II (Ice Water)

4. Flaming Lips, Embryonic (WEA/Reprise)

5. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion/Fall Be Kind (Domino)

6. Royce Da 5'9”, Street Hop (One Records)

7. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)

8. Converge, Axe to Fall (Epitaph)

9. Neko Case, Middle Cyclone (Anti-)

10. P.O.S., Never Better (Rhymesayers)

Plus 40 more of my favorite albums, listed in alphabetical order, because distinguishing

between my 25th and 32nd favorite album of the year is even more ridiculous than

deciding between my first and second favorites.

Aether, Artifacts (Exponential)

AM Architect, AM Architect (Exponential)

Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)

Astex, ATP, Vol. III (Self-released)

Avett Brothers, I and Love and You (Sony)

Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle (Drag City)

BLK JKS, After Robots (Secretly Canadian)

Buttercup, The Weather Here (Bedlamb)

Daytes, Daytes (Self-released)

Dead Weather, Horehound (WEA)

Death, For the Whole World to See (Drag City)

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love

Diego Bernal, For Corners (Exponential)

Dinosaur Jr., Farm (Jagjaguwar)

Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca (Domino)

Drake, So Far Gone (Cash Money)

Ghostface Killah, Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)

Girl in a Coma, Trio B.C., (Blackheart)

Girls, Album (True Panther)

Jay Z, Blueprint III (Roc Nation)

Lightning Bolt, Earthly Delights (Load)

Lil Wayne, No Ceilings (mtmjmedia)

Lily Allen, It's Not Me, It's You (Capitol)

Lonely Island, Incredibad (Universal)

Major Lazer, Guns Don't Kill Peopleâ?¦Lazers Do (Downtown)

Mastodon, Crack the Skye (Reprise)

Morris Orchids , Morris Orchids (Self-released)

Mos Def, The Ecstatic (Downtown)

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glass Note)

Seven-One, Bumps (Rock Solid)

Slaughterhouse, self-titled mixtape

Slayer, World Painted Blood (American Recordings)

Snowbyrd, Diosdado (Saustex)

Sonic Youth, The Eternal (Matador)

Sunset Rubdown, Dargonslayer (Jagjaguwar)

The Thermals, Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars)

Wilco, Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch)

Wolves in the Throne Room, Black Cascade (Southern Lord)

Wye Oak, The Knot (Merge)

Yacht, See Mystery Lights (DFA)

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