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Terrence and I have been talking about this and I decided I would finally put up my opinion of the Best Albums of 09.  I don’t plan on putting up my list for the decade simply because I only really started listening to Indie music in 07.  Again this is just my not Terry’s choice (Read his HERE)

10. Discovery: LP

This Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot side projects stands on its own with great production, fun atmosphere and nearly unlimited replayability.

9. The Dodos: Time To Die

Although getting Phil Ek (Shins, Fleet Foxes) to produce their album was a bad step, Long and Kroeber are able to rise above the terrible production into something unique and promising for the Dodos.  Although it does not live up to Visiter the Dodos still are a step ahead of most other bands.

8. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest

With their third studio album neo-folk band Grizzly Bear prove that with time they can create something close to perfection.  Each song is dynamic and stunningly beautiful.  Jay Z and Beyonce approve. What else needs to be said?

7. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix have finally risen to the fame they deserve with their fourth studio album.  1901 and Liztomania are great and unique pop songs that demand to be stuck in your head for days.

6. The Very Best: Warm Heart of Africa

Some of my favorite tracks of the year are all on this album.  No matter what mood you may be in Yalira or Chalo will put you in a great mood.  These tracks are all complex aswell with smart samples and great vocals.

5. Foreign Born: Person to Person

It took me awhile to listen to this album however I am very glad I did.  Although this is still fresh on my mind Foreign Born lived up to everything I had hoped Phoenix would with catchy hooks, strong production and no filler.

4. Girls: Album

Many have criticized its lack of formality as each track could come from any number of bands.  This dynamic tells me that Girls are a band brimming with ideas and know how to write great garage rock, surf rock and indie rock songs.  I cannot wait to hear what they do next.

3. Midi and the Modern Dance: Twilight How Sweet You Are

With their debut Midi have planted themselves as one of the most promising bands in the indie world.  Their sound is familiar however it is still all their own.  Midi have earned this spot with their ability to consistently floor me each time I hear their songs.

2. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective have made it seem too easy to create gorgeous sonic landscapes with lush sounds and upbeat vocals.  Tracks like Taste and Brothersport are simply unmatched in heart and idea.

1. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca

Somewhere after hearing them play with David Byrne I realized Dirty Projectors where something something special.  Bitte Orca is a testiment to Dave Longstreth’s musical genius and I am still finding new parts to listen to as I go on my 20th listen of the album.

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