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SPIN‘s 40 Best Albums Of 2009

By brandon / December 8, 2009 - 2:09 pm

Halfway through the year SPIN tipped their hand by offering the 20 Greatest Albums Of 2009 … So Far. If you remember, the list wasn’t in any specific order. Their 40 Best Albums Of 2009 are, and it’s interesting to see all the titles that popped up after the last one was published. As well as the albums that missed the cut after they were spun a bit more: Peter Bjorn And John, Blk Jks, Regina Spektor, Glasvegas, Mavado, and Sa-Ra Creative Partners are nowhere to be found. The list — one of oh so many lists — is also refreshingly interesting in and of itself, a fine example of a publication stepping outside of the hive mentality and coming up with something that feels personal. Even if I don’t personally agree with a lot of it.

40 Kiss – Sonic Boom
39 Wilco – Wilco (Wilco The Album
38 Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap
37 Gallows – Grey Britain
36 Brakesbrakesbrakes – Touchdown
35 Miike Snow – Miike Snow
34 Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx
33 The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You
32 U2 – No Line On The Horizon
31 Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
30 Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young
29 Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
28 The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
27 Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
26 The Mountain Goats – The Life Of The World To Come
25 The Big Pink – A Brief History Of Love
24 Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
23 St. Vincent – Actor
22 Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
21 Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II
20 Paramore – Brand New Eyes
19 Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
18 Antony And The Johnsons – The Crying Light
17 Mastodon – Crack The Skye
16 Japandroids – Post-Nothing
15 Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
14 Amadou & Mariam – Welcome To Mali
13 Jay Reatard – Watch Me Fall
12 Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart
11 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Summer Of Fear
10 The Dead Weather – Horehound
09 Drake – So Far Gone
08 Florence And The Machine – Lungs
07 Mos Def – The Ecstatic
06 Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
05 Girls – Album
04 Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
03 Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
02 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
01 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

You can read the accompanying blurbs over at SPIN.

[Animal Collective photo by Takahiro Imamura]