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Amazon.com releases its Best Albums of 2009 list, kicks off inevitable critical slap-fight

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With some seven weeks to go ’til auld lang syne, retail giant Amazon.com has officially jumped the ’09 gun (if not the shark), announcing its definitive Editors’ Pick list of the year’s best albums.

Read the top 50 after the jump, beginning a trio of dry-clean-only TV clowns, and ending with the giant Mercury-Cougar-honkin’ clue on the left.

 

Best Albums Of 2009 (Editors’ Picks)

50 The Lonely Island, Incredibad

49 Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11

48 Thao, Know Better Learn Faster

47 Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement

46 Noisettes, Wild Young Hearts

45 Doom, Born Like This

44 Bonnie Prince Billy, Beware

43 Throw Me the Statue, Creaturesque

42 Lily Allen, It’s Not Me, It’s You

41 Vieux Farka Touré, Fondo

40 St. Vincent, Actor

39 Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca

38 Silversun Pickups, Swoon

37 Cass McCombs, Catacombs

36 Bob Dylan, Together Through Life

35 Antony And The Johnsons, The Crying Light

34 Iggy Pop, Preliminaires

33 Julian Plenti, Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper

32 A.C. Newman, Get Guilty

31 U2, No Line On The Horizon

30 Imogen Heap, Ellipse

29 Cave Singers, Welcome Joy

28 La Roux, La Roux

27 Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night)

26 Mark Knopfler, Get Lucky

25 Steve Martin, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo

24 The Bird and the Bee, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future

23 Various Artists, Dark Was The Night

22 Iron & Wine, Around The Well

21 Mastodon, Crack The Skye

20 Horrors, Primary Colours

19 Leonard Cohen, Live In London

18 Amadou & Mariam,Welcome To Mali

17 Sarah Jarosz, Song Up In Her Head

16 Steve Earles, Townes

15 The Swell Season, Strict Joy

14 Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

13 Passion Pit, Manners

12 Wilco, Wilco (The Album)

11 Metric, Fantasies

10 Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career

09 Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3

08 K’Naan, Troubadour

07 Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion

06 Girls, Album

05 The Avett Brothers, I And Love And You

04 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

03 Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

02 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz

01 Neko Case, Middle Cyclone

Naturally, we have some quibbles. I found Neko’s record oddly muted and underwhelming, not so much Cyclone as stiff breeze; our commentors clearly disagreed. I’m also not sure I’m sold on Pains of Being Pure at Hearts‘ early-’90s Brit-jangle revivalism, “Everything With You” aside. Or Passion Pit above the Grizzle Bear? As for the Steve Martin record—when I want banjo-Martin, I go Jerk.

But let me turn the conversation to you, Music Mixers; what’s missing and mislabeled here? And what is just as it should be? Also, for compare ‘n’ contrast, check out Amazon’s list of best and best-selling side by side here (hint: Bono will be much more pleased with the latter).

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