This week, we're counting down the top albums of 2009.
Tegan and Sara, "Hell"
15. Tegan and Sara, “Sainthood” (Sire): “My misery’s so addictive,” sing the Quin twins. When it’s couched in such upbeat pop, how can it not be?
14. Maxwell, “Blacksummer’s Night” (Columbia): Aching soul, lovely croons and the fluttery falsetto of “Pretty Wings” add up to quite a night.
13. Green Day, “21st Century Breakdown” (Reprise): Another gripping rock opera combining cultural commentary on contemporary America and addictive punk-pop. ["The Static Age"]
12. Sonic Youth, “The Eternal” (Matador): Cranked-up crazy, propped up by layers of atmospheric guitars. ["Sacred Trickster"]
11. Bob Dylan, “Together Through Life” (Columbia): Navigating the current economic crisis with a bit of humor, a sense of snark, and even a touch of optimism. ["Beyond Here Lies Nothing"]