Sunday, December 13

Albums Of 2009 - No. 56 to No. 44

56. Maxïmo Park 'Quicken The Heart' (Warp) - Better than the last but not as good as the first.

55. Twisted Wheel 'Twisted Wheel' (Columbia) - Unnecessary, nevertheless decent.

54. The Flaming Lips 'Embryonic' (Warner) - Just about worth the tiresome excursion of 18 tracks.

53. The Big Pink 'A Brief History Of Love' (4AD) - A striking debut for only a Cure-obsessed two-piece.

52. Manic Street Preachers 'Journal For Plague Lovers' (Columbia) - An admirable work by way of a fervent backstory.

51. Silversun Pickups 'Swoon' (Dangerbird) - Tasteful, albeit frustratingly inconsistent.

50. Brand New 'Daisy' (Interscope) - Logical step forward, but lacks 'Devil's understated nuances.

49. Röyksopp 'Junior' (Astralwerks) - Perhaps their very best effort to date.

48. Antony and the Johnsons 'The Crying Light' (Secretly Canadian) - As awesome and disturbing as one'd expect.

47. Lily Allen 'It's Not Me, It's You' (Regal) - Sugared spectacles and modern-day beefing. Wonderful.

46. Slow Club 'Yeah, So' (Moshi Moshi) - B+, as early evidence indicated even more.

45. Graham Coxon 'The Spinning Top' (Transgressive) - Hunky-dory refrains about as instant as he gets.

44. Muse 'The Resistance' (Warner) - Unashamedly FM-gracious via countless Queen homages.