Al­bums of the year

Our mu­sic crit­ics choose their favourites

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Review 2009 -

BRIAN BOYD

1. Jamie T: Kings & Queens 2. The Bronx: Mari­achi El Bronx 3. Marc Car­roll: Dust Of Ru­mour 4. Loney, Dear: Dear John 5. Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu: Gur­ru­mul 6. Mad­ness: The Lib­erty Of Nor­ton Fol­gate 7. Wilco: Wilco (The Al­bum) 8. Ti­nari­wen: Imidi­wan: 9. Sting: If On A Win­ter’s Night 10. Cam­era Ob­scura: My Maudlin Ca­reer

JIM CAR­ROLL

1. An­i­mal Col­lec­tive: Mer­ri­weather Post Pavil­ion 2. Florence and The Ma­chine: Lungs 3. DM Stith: Heavy Ghost 4. Griz­zly Bear: Veck­a­timest 5. Fever Ray: Fever Ray 6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz 7. Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It 8. Hyp­notic Brass En­sem­ble: Hyp­notic Brass En­sem­ble 9. The XX: XX 10. Dark Room Notes: We Love You Dark Mat­ter

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

1. Lily Allen: It’s Not Me, It’s You 2. Richard Haw­ley: Tru­elove’s Gut­ter 3. Julie Feeney: Pages 4. Pre­fab Sprout: Let’s Change the World with Mu­sic 5. Manic Street Preach­ers: Jour­nal for Plague Lovers 6. Light­ning Dust: In­fi­nite Light 7. The XX: XX 8. Arc­tic Mon­keys: Hum­bug 9. Mad­ness: The Lib­erty of Nor­ton Fol­gate 10. Green Day: 21st Cen­tury Break­down

LAUREN MUR­PHY

1. Bren­dan Ben­son: My Old, Fa­mil­iar Friend 2. An­i­mal Col­lec­tive: Mer­ri­weather Post Pavil­ion 3. La Roux: La Roux 4. Pa­trick Wolf: The Bach­e­lor 5. Griz­zly Bear: Veck­a­timest 6. Wild Beasts: Two Dancers 7. PJ Har­vey and John Parish: A Woman a Man Walked By 8. St. Vin­cent: Ac­tor 9. 8 Ball: With All Your Friends 10. The Whitest Boy Alive: Rules

KEVIN COURT­NEY

1. The Duck­worth-Lewis Method: Duck­worth-Lewis Method 2. Doves: King­dom of Rust 3. The XX: XX 4. The Tem­per Trap: Con­di­tions 5. Griz­zly Bear: Veck­a­timest 6. The De­cem­berists: The Haz­ards of Love 7. Florence and the Ma­chine: Lungs 8. Arc­tic Mon­keys: Hum­bug 9. Muse: The Re­sis­tance 10. Phoenix: Wolf­gang Amadeus Phoenix

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