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The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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Field Music: Field Music (Measure)

Pulled off with a busy insouciance, Measure is record bulging with ideas, every one shrunk to miniature and promptly dispensed with to allow for the next.

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Lightspeed Champion: Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You

Album number two sees Devonté Hynes move his dewy-eyed melancholy pop from the bedroom to the big time.

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Mempheis Industries

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Morningwood: Diamonds & Studs

One more power chord and the six string's done for in this energetically mundane exercise in safe sex.

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Morningwood

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Remember to Forget: The Twilight Sad Interview

With the recent release of their second album, the Twilight Sad are poised for that ever-elusive "next level". PopMatters talks with lead singer James Graham about life on the road, and on the dole.

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Morningwood Records

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Frenchkiss

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Accidental

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Young Turks

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"We're Trying to Make Our Own Kind of Mythology": An Interview with Wild Beasts

Bruce Springsteen? Drowning rats? Steve Reich and the joyous art of hedonism? These are the least interesting topics that Wild Beasts talk about following a year of well-deserved acclaim for their sophomore album.

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The Paper Chase: Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1

John Congleton and Co's fifth full-length release removes the dark shawl of nihilism from the shoulders of the individual and tosses it instead over humanity at large.

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Eugene McGuinness: Eugene McGuinness

The Brit troubadour has evidently developed a penchant for the past, which stifles the forward-thinking bent of his debut.

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Southern

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Wild Beasts: Two Dancers

While last year's eccentricities remain present and correct, these Wild Beasts are animals of style and grace rather than carousing, rabble-rousing indie-pomp.

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Golden Silvers: True Romance

There are dark clouds always lurking amid True Romance's ostensibly sunny veneer of idealistic romanticism.

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Redjetson: Other Arms

Whether Redjetson intended it or not, its posthumous sophomore release has the band's self-inflicted demise written all over it.

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Gizer

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Gizer Records

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Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard: 'Em Are I

The neurotic insecurity we've previously seen Lewis lay bare remains intact, but on 'Em Are I is tempered by green shoots of positivity.

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Gizeh Records

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Rough Trade


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