We’re more than halfway through 2009 so, hey, why not a little list? That’s what the people over at SPIN are thinking: They just put together what they consider “The 20 Best Albums of 2009 … So Far.” It isn’t in any order, but each entry comes with a brief declarative writeup explaining why the record was chosen. For instance, “[BLANK] throws herself into every song as if it’s all a big finale, which makes for an auspicious beginning.” Or, “[BLANK] won’t double as anyone’s dance-party playlist. But it’s an uneasy, bracingly honest soundtrack to life after fame.” And, “With the economy tanking, homes being lost, and folks switching to survival mode, America may need [BLANK]’s back-to-nature fantasias more than ever.” Any ideas? (Hint: That last one is not Sarah Palin.) Before we get started: Your favorite bookmarks of the such and such is > than such and such are both here. And there are a couple Mercury Prize 2009 nominees. Of course, the accompanying image ought to be helpful, too.
Ida Maria – Fortress Round My Heart
Peter Bjorn And John – Living Thing
Blk Jks – Mystery
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Amadou & Mariam – Welcome To Mali
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Regina Spektor – Far
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications
Bat For Lashes – Two Sun
Mavado – Mr. Brooks… A Better Tomorrow
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
Sa-Ra Creative Partners – The Age Of Love
Antony And The Johnsons – The Crying Light
See the list in its contextual photo gallery with accompanying blurbs over at SPIN.