NME's Top 50 Best Albums of 2009

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updated over 9 years ago

  1. The Horrors - Primary Colours

    "The British art-rock album we’d all been waiting for"

  2. The XX - XX

    "Urban tales of heartbreak and adoration from four sensitive south London souls"

  3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

    "A heartfelt love letter to the transcendent possibilities of the dancefloor"

  4. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

    47 For Sale from $1.28

    "This beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering"

  5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

    "An album that’s overwhelmingly rich in invention and imagination"

  6. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

    "Elusive beasts finally come out of the dark"

  7. The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love

    "The scenesters' debut dripped with distortion, anthems and... soul"

  8. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

    "The electro duo's second was more pop than avant-garde"

  9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

    "A beautiful and understated gem"

  10. Jamie. T* - Kings & Queens

    41 For Sale from $1.13

    "The Wimbledon troubadour tries a bigger sound, with largely successful results"

  11. Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

    "A multi-coloured yet unexpectedly risky return"

  12. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

    "Out of the desert came a challenging third album. See yer later, casual fans"

  13. La Roux - La Roux

    "Much, much more than just those singles"

  14. Manic Street Preachers - Journal For Plague Lovers

    "It wasn't 'The Holy Bible'. Then again, what is?"

  15. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

    "Pure indie-pop to hold close to your heart"

  16. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

    "Their charmingly rustic debut suggested greater things to come"

  17. Girls (5) - Album

    "Beyond the hype lay something really special"

  18. Future Of The Left - Travels With Myself And Another

    "As ’80s revivalism hits its self-fellating peak, it’s a pleasure to hear an album that knows escapism isn’t dressing up like a fucking unicorn"

  19. The Maccabees - Wall Of Arms

    16 For Sale from $1.87

    "No longer too pop to be art and too art to be pop, The Maccabees are evolving into their own entity"

  20. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

    "The only real difficulty is that they almost sound like a brilliant pop band"

  21. HEALTH (2) - Get Color

    "Who needs healthcare reform when we’ve already got perfectly good HEALTH?"

  22. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

    "The Mercury panel ignored her again - but this was mesmerising stuff"

  23. Doves - Kingdom Of Rust

    "There’s no way anybody will ever take Doves for granted again. Maybe there’s even better to come, no matter how long it takes"

  24. Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

    "Give thanks that there are still dour Robin Hoods out there in the underground, deploying the last of the major-label cash to deliciously nefarious ends"

  25. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You

    "There’s only one person who can deliver a line like “I’m feeling pretty damn hard done by/I’ve spent ages giving head” and still qualify for national institution status"