It's become a yearly ritual to sort through my favorite albums come the first week of December. Now, it's silly to sort and rank things—let's just get that out there. And you're probably sick of seeing these lists already. But if you care about something, like I care about music, it's a good way to wrap up the year and especially fun to look back on.
This year, two albums rose to the top: Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz. Which is interesting, because the last time Sufjan released a monumental album (Illinois, in 2005), so did Kanye (Late Registration). That year, I was torn between the two. But this year, it isn't even close. It is ridiculous how much I love Kanye's new album. Not to mention G.O.O.D. Fridays. I'd say he is my favorite artist/musician of the moment. The man, the music—argue with me all you want. Ha!
So, you know my #1 and #2 spots. Here's where the music landed.
- Kanye West
– My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
- Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
- Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
- Toro y Moi – Causers of This
- Robyn – Body Talk*
- Caribou – Swim
- Blackbird Blackbird – Summer Heart
- The Apples in Stereo – Travelers in Space and Time
- Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
- Chromeo – Business Casual
*Edit: After listening to Robyn's new album, it definitely should've made the final cut. But I didn't think it fair to bump anyone out, so I now have 11 albums.
Because it's always hard to cut it off at
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Candy Claws – Hidden Lands
(for these guys, check out In the Dream of the Sea Life from 2009—better, imo)
Ratatat – LP4
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Vampire Weekend – Contra
The New Pornographers – Together
And some albums that are newly growing on me:
The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
As always, I'm curious what everyone else is listening to, so PLEASE leave your favorites in the comments.
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Here are my lists from previous years (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)
and FINALLY, here's the censored version (for Walmart):