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2009's best music so far...

Now that 2009 is more than halfway over, we have scoured the web for the best albums of the year - so far - on MTV. Its best picks are Animal Collective, Phoenix...

music Updated: Jul 17, 2009 19:14 IST

Now that 2009 is more than halfway over, we have scoured the web for the best albums of the year—so far—on MTV

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Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion: The No 1 pick is “the only thing I can remember that has actually lived up to the hype, if not exceeded it.”

Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix: “Retro pop hyper-focused on a futuristic re-imagination of post-modernism and neo-classicism as proletarian touchstones? That you can dance to?” earns album No 2 spot.

Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted: “Yes, seriously,” she made it into the top five. Clarkson is “finally realizing her full potential as a pop megastar.”

Wilco, Wilco (The Album): “Jeff Tweedy and company appear to be aging gracefully here and, in the process, they've created the summertime anthem for anyone who owns a battered Volvo wagon and spends their Saturdays playing kickball in McCarren Park.”

Mos Def, The Ecstatic: This is “the album his fans have been waiting for since 1999’s milestone Black on Both Sides. Welcome back to earth, Ford Prefect.”