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BEST OF 2009: Top Albums #20-16

This week, we're counting down the top albums of 2009.


Weezer, "I Want You To"

20. Weezer, “Raditude” (DGC): A wild array of styles and collaborators build catchy pop. Weezy and Weezer, together at last.

19. Susan Boyle, “I Dreamed a Dream” (SyCo/Columbia): Backing up her great story with a surprisingly great album, including a grand take on Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain” and Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses."

18. India.Arie, “Testimony, Vol. 2: Love and Politics” (Republic):
Optimism and empowerment set to pretty acoustic soul. ["Chocolate High"]

17. Franz Ferdinand, “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand” (Domino):
Joining Duran Duran-styled slinky new wave with iPod commercial immediacy. ["No You Girls"]

16. Neko Case, “Middle Cyclone” (Anti-):
Her gorgeous voice lets her get away with some dark sentiments. "I'm a man-eater," she sings, "still you're surprised when I eat you." ["People Got a Lotta Nerve"]

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