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Posted by: Dave on October 6, 2009 at 12:42 am

KidCudiManontheMoon.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: It’s been a pretty mediocre year for hip-hop albums (and hip-hop in general)…until now. The much-anticipated debut from Kanye West affiliate Kid Cudi–Man on the Moon: The End of Day–lives up to the hype. And rising underground star Brother Ali delivers his best album yet with Us. Both releases make their way into the Top 3 of the year (so far). Meanwhile, Gossip’s Music for Men and The Features’ Some Kind of Salvation get bumped out of the Top 20.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek)
2. Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)
3. Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers)
4. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
5. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
6. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
7. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
8. Jack Peñate Everything Is New (XL)
9. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
10. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
11. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
12. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
13. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
14. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
15. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
16. UUVVWWZ UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek)
17. Thrice Beggars (Vagrant)
18. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
19. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
20. The Black Crowes Before the Frost… (Silver Arrow/Megaforce)



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