Some folk regard lists as lazy journalism. I don't, I see it as a wee reminder of some records you may have missed, or forgotten about, over the course of twelve months. My list is a completely personal choice, so please don't see it as in any way "definitive"! Here goes....
1. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
2. The Antlers - Hospice
3. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
4. Codes in the Clouds - Paper Canyon
5. St Vincent - Actor
6. Mission of Burma - The Sound The Speed The Light
7. Oneida - Rated O
8. J Tillman - Year in the Kingdom
9. Magnolia Electric Co - Josephine
10. The Leisure Society - The Sleeper
11. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
12. Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
13. Mew - No More Stories....
14. Telekinesis! - Telekinesis!
15. Wilco - Wilco (the album)
16. The Dodos - Time to Die
17. Woods - Songs of Shame
18. M Ward - Hold Time
19. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
20. DM Stith - Heavy Ghost
21. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
22. Port O'Brien - Threadbare
23. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
24. A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head
25. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
26. The Very Best - The Very Best
Yep, a top 26. The number that all good lists should run to.....