These are my favorite albums of 2009, the records I looked to for comfort and pleasure. This year, I needed songs with stories and melodies, not agitation or anger. I love a good dose of vehemence in music, but tastes can be influenced by everything from trends to personal needs, and I needed the music on this list. So, while these aren't technically the best records of 2009, they're the 10 that served me best — my closest digital friends of the year.
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