Here's my list of the Top 10 albums of the year. I'm very busy writing graduate school essays, so I don't have a lot of time to devote to explanations. I apologize for that. Perhaps later on, I'll come back and give more justification. However, I wanted to get this list out there while it was still 2009.
10. Don't Stop-Annie
Electropop of the highest quality.
9. It's Not Me, It's You-Lily Allen
I think time has been good to this album, as far as my personal opinion goes. Lily's lyrics remain one of her strongest suits.
8. Beasts Of Season-Laura Gibson
Simple and beautiful. Definitely a mood piece.
7. Rated R-Rihanna
Bold, angry, and introspective. Surprising depth from one of pop's princesses.
6. American Saturday Night-Brad Paisley
Country music is about storytelling, and Paisley is a master of that. This album never delves into country cliches.
5. Middle Cyclone-Neko Case
Beautiful neo-folk. Plus Neko has a great voice.
4. Merriweather Post Pavilion-Animal Collective
Swirling, haunting, and mysterious. Above all, very addictive. My Girls is a must-listen.
3. She Wolf-Shakira
A new, bold direction for Shakira. She pulls it off, with some of the weirdest and most memorable lyrics of her career.
2. It's Blitz-The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Although it's a "softer" side to this group, they still manage to find time to rock. This album has some of the best ballads of their career.
1. Revolution-Miranda Lambert
Revolution is the perfect portrait of a fully-formed artist. Entertainment Weekly called it the country album of the year for good reason. It's rare to find a work that conveys so many different emotions while maintaining artistic integrity.