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Thebhoy's Top 32 Albums Of 2009

Because you've all been eaglerly anticipating this and arbitrary numbers are way better then 10's or 5's.
1Do Make Say Think
Other Truths

Oh boy what can I say. I might have predicted this considering the band is as dependable as you can get. Streetlight's review says all that needs to be said. Fantastic.
2Andrew Bird
Noble Beast

Criminally overlooked this year, Noble Beast is easy to brush off as boring, or treading water. The violin, Oh, the violin! Incredibly melodic and natural sounding, this album is chock full of beautiful moments. Listen again and again and you start to see the working parts that make it great. I mean, people hated Madame Bovary when it came out.
3maudlin of the Well
Part the Second

See: review.
4Charles Spearin
The Happiness Project

See: review
5Built to Spill
There is No Enemy

See: review
6Grizzly Bear

Great vocal work and simple, but deceptively complex songwriting that is layered with intricate details. Beautiful.
7Sunset Rubdown

See: review

If you don't like this record, you fucking suck.
9Bill Frisell

See: review
10Cymbals Eat Guitars
Why There Are Mountains

From the opening line of "And the Hazy Sea", you know right away this mix of Modest Mouse and... other indie bands, is going to be an ass-kicker of an album.
11 Kiss Kiss
The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left

Adam Downer's other non-post-rock attempt at creating hype that wasn't shitty Yonlu. Virus is awesome possum.
12Fever Ray
Fever Ray

Bat for Lashes but darker and slightly better.
13The Antlers

Well the melodies are delicious and it's the little moments, like the bass kick in Wake during the verses, that make this record shine.
14 Mew
No More Stories Were Told Today...

lol silly title.
Wavering Radiant

See: review
16St. Vincent

The second half begins to drag a bit, but goddam this one has some good tunes. An inherent sense of melody and when to take things just that slightly different route are what make this record great.
Hymn to the Immortal Wind

This has dropped considerably in favour with me. Having said that, this is formulaic post-rock done absolutely right. Gorgeous.
18Bat for Lashes
Two Suns

Like Fever Ray, but lighter and slightly less good.
19 Raekwon
Only Built for Cuban Lynx Pt. II

Hippity-hoppity, this shit's poppity.... yeah, I don't listen to hip-hop all that often.
20Yo La Tengo
Popular Songs

See: review
21Noah and the Whale
The First Days of Spring

more like Noah and the Waior
22 Various Artists
Dark Was the Night

Indie elites make what is the best compilation I'VE ever heard. Would be higher but it isn't really a proper album per se.
Aim and Ignite

I hope you're happy Strikey
24The Flaming Lips

Holy shit a little too psychedelic for its own good at times, but Jesus some great bass and drum work. Now, if I can only take Karen O's voice out of If I were a Frog, or whatever the hell it's called.
25Dirty Projectors
Bitte Orca

Grew off me considerably, but damn there's some good stuff on here for sure. Eclectic and sometimes just down right strange in a way only hipsters find cool. But none the less this is a really solid release.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

See: review. (I'm hope you're happy Klap)
27The Dodos
Time to Die

No, it is not as good as Visiter, but this is a very good follow up record from the now threesome. Consistently good, there is enough of the ol' sing-a-long catchiness that makes the Dodos who they are.
28Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career

Sometimes just too sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. However there is no denying the sunny fun of this record.
29The Decemberists
The Hazards of Love

See: review
30Bon Iver
Blood Bank

That forgotten EP from the beginning of the year.
31Lightning Dust
Infinite Light

See: review.
32The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

noisy and derivative, but still a lot of fun.
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