Dominated by hideously processed plastic pop and drabber-than-thou angst rock, 2009 was far from being a vintage year - but there were some diamonds among the dreck.
First among equals were Canadian electronicists Junior Boys, who came up with their third excellent record in a row. Begone Dull Care (Domino), a frequently breathtaking fusion of 1980s synth-pop and the late-night atmospherics of the Blue Nile, positively pulsed with restrained grandeur.
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