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The Observer's choices for the best music of 2009

Adam Spektor

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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The Flaming Lips' Embryonic, a tour de force of modern progressive rock, is the best album of 2009.
The Flaming Lips' Embryonic, a tour de force of modern progressive rock, is the best album of 2009.
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10. Reigning Sound - Love and Curses
There was nary a shortage of young bands writing brisk, direct, noisy pop songs in the last year, some of the best basement rock of the year hadsa slightly more refined edge to its sound. Reigning Sound, the little-heralded group made up of veterans from the garage rock scene, created an utterly infectious collection of pop tunes, including irresistible nuggets like "Call Me" and "Debris."