1) This talented lady has had more plaudits thrown at her than nearly any other musician/act to release an album this year;
2) Hers was one of the first albums I listened to this year, and despite her position fluctuating, she has always remained in my Top 3 for nearly twelve months;
3) I've seen her live twice, the first being her premier UK appearance opening for Röyksopp and the second being her last ever performance under her solo moniker (for the foreseeable future, anyway...)
4) Her album is a joyously eerie piece of work, at once humble and epic, creepy and soothing, impossibly grand and filled with nervy nuance. It is, quite simply, the most evocative presentation of another world beyond our own that has been created this year.
So, Cvalda/Dibder's Album Of The Year award for 2009 belongs to...
Fever Ray by Fever Ray