In alphabetical order, these are the 25 records I think represent the best of what the music biz had to offer this year. One of which I think stands out above the rest…I won’t say which one that is until the very last week of December. Or the first week of January. Okay, I’m not sure when but stay tuned!!!

Arcade FireThe Suburbs
Beach HouseTeen Dream
Big BoiSir Lucious Left Foot: the Son of Chico Dusty
Broken BellsBroken Bells
Budos BandBudos Band III

Cee-Lo GreenThe Lady Killer
Dum Dum GirlsI Will Be
DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
Girl TalkAll Day

GorillazPlastic Beach
How to Dress WellLove Remains
John Legend & the RootsWake Up
Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
LCD SoundsystemThis is Happening

Mavis StaplesYou Are Not Alone
The NationalHigh Violet
No AgeEverything in Between
The RootsHow I Got Over

Sharon Jones & the Dap KingsI Learned the Hard Way
Sleigh BellsTreats
Tallest Man on EarthThe Wild Hunt
The WalkmenLisbon
Vampire WeekendContra

Side note: should Bruce Springsteen‘s The Promise be considered a “new” album?