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Best of 2009

All week, ClashMusic.com has been looking back at the year’s best albums to date, marking six months of what we think have been some pretty splendid releases.

We’ve run lists – ‘top tens’, albeit in no particular order – from five key editorial types at Clash’s twin HQs in London and Scotland: editor Simon Harper, deputy editor Matthew Bennett, online editor Mike Diver (hello), reviews editor Nick Annan, and online news editor Robin Murray. Click the links below to visit each individual’s list:

Simon Harper
Matthew Bennett
Robin Murray
Nick Annan
Mike Diver

What has this exercise told us? Well, firstly that the Clash editorial team has some pretty varied tastes, as no one album featured more than twice across the five lists; and secondly that we’re going to be faced with some really, really tough decisions come the end of the year, when we need to put a proper best-of-2009 list together.

The albums appearing more than once are:

Micachu and the Shapes – ‘Jewellery’ (SH and MD)
Grizzly Bear – ‘Veckatimest’ (SH and MD)
Phoenix – ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ (SH and NA)
Passion Pit – ‘Manners’ (SH and RM)
Animal Collective – ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ (SH and MD)
DJ Hell – ‘Teufelswerk’ (MB and NA)
Toddla T – 'Skanky Skanky’ (MB and RM)
Future Of The Left – ‘Travels With Myself And Another’ (RM and MD)
Dananananaykroyd – ‘Hey Everyone!’ (RM and MD)

Which, we guess, makes them the best albums of the year so far. What’s that? No Dirty Projectors? Yeah, that is weird.


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