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Animal Collective, Jay-Z win Pazz & Jop '09 critics' poll

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Our ears are full of the exciting sounds of 2010 by now, but a final word on the previous year in music has just arrived with the results of the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. After collating the personal Top 10 lists of 696 music geeks around the nation, the venerable NYC publication has determined that the best album and single of 2009 were, respectively, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”

No huge surprise on either count there, though perusing the full album and single rankings will yield a few more unexpected entries. (Baroness’ The Blue Record at No. 19? Evidently I need to keep better tabs on the sludge-metal scene.) You can also look up individual ballots to see what your favorite music critic, as if you have one, liked last year. Mine is here. And don’t miss Voice writer Sean Fennessey’s interview with Jay-Z on the origins and meaning of his No. 1 single.

What do you think of this year’s Pazz & Jop results? Any particularly outrageous omissions or inclusions? Make your case in the comments.

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