Andy Gill - The music to my year

From squalling guitar noise to affectionate cricketing tributes and orchestral sunbursts, and despite the threat posed by downloads, 2009 has been a fine year for albums. Andy Gill picks the best

Click here or on the image to launch Andy Gill's guide to the albums of the year.

Plus: what was the most memorable arts event of 2009? In the comments form below (or via email to nominate your favourite - in film, music, theatre, comedy, dance or visual arts - with a brief explanation as to why it tops your list and we'll print a selection in The Independent Readers' Review of 2009.