It's reaching about the end of the year, and even though I'm sure there are some fantastic albums to come out by the end of December, I am doing a top 10 countdown of my favorite albums from the past year. Keep in mind, I haven't heard every album that I should have, but these are the albums which I have heard, and which I have loved. Right now it's late, I just finished putting together my final portfolio for English, and got my design project done this morning, so I'm tired. In other words, I'm not going to write a small clip for each album, just show them, and you'll know... you'll know how you love them. HERE WE GO!
10. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
9. Feist - The Reminder
8. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
7. !!! - Myth Takes
6. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
5. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
4. We All Have Hooks for Hands - The Pretender
3. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
1. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
And of course, these weren't the only albums I enjoyed all year. I made some other hard decisions as to who should go on the list, so these are the Honorable Mentions:
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
The Go! Team - Proof of Youth
And there you have it. Those are my favorite albums from this year, and also a few that just didn't quite make the list, though rest assured, are still excellent. Check them out if you have the time, I promise, they're well worth it.