I'm not going to write a whole lot about my favorite albums, but I will deliver twenty albums for my list, instead of the usual ten. So, just like your local rock-oriented station, I'll give you the list with less talk and more rock.
20. David Mead - Dudes
David Mead is a professional pop song-writer and knows his way around a melody.
"Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan"
19. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Sophomore album shows no slump.
"Heart In Your Heartbreak"
18. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
I love the self-loathing of these guys.
17. Matthew Sweet - Modern Art
One of my all-time favorites delivers a solid album of power pop.
"She Walks The Night"
16. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
I absolutely love her.
15. Elbow - build a rocket, boys!
These important Mancunians are still underappreciated in the U.S.
14. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
Not as good as their last album, but their so-so albums are still pretty good.
13. The Horrors - Skying
More moody music from across the pond.
12. Washed Out - Within and Without
One of the standard bearers of "chill-wave." Save this one for the late nights.
11. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Jim James still has some of the best vocals in indie rock.
10. We Were Promised Jetpacks - In The Pit Of The Stomach
I'm so glad these young Scots put out another solid album.
9. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
I saw these guys in Paris and they were fantastic.
8. Yuck - Yuck
Great debut album.
7. Destroyer - Kaputt
Dan Bejar of New Pornographers fame releases a long-lost 80s album...think Roxy Music or Haircut 100.
6. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Some of the year's best synth-pop.
"Need You Now"
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
I prefer the first album BEFORE he started hanging out with Kanye. He's still pretty good.
4. Beirut - The Rip Tide
I absolutely love accordions, trumpets, and whatever else he wants to throw into his musical melting pot.
3. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
French synth-pop that delivered one of the best sax solos in ages, just check the end of "Midnight City."
2. Wye Oak - Civilian
I arrived at this one a little late, but couldn't stop listening to it by the end of the year.
1. Hooray For Earth - True Loves
These guys came out of nowhere and released a classic synth-pop album.