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Posted by: Dave on October 6, 2009 at 12:42 am

KidCudiManontheMoon.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: It’s been a pretty mediocre year for hip-hop albums (and hip-hop in general)…until now. The much-anticipated debut from Kanye West affiliate Kid Cudi–Man on the Moon: The End of Day–lives up to the hype. And rising underground star Brother Ali delivers his best album yet with Us. Both releases make their way into the Top 3 of the year (so far). Meanwhile, Gossip’s Music for Men and The Features’ Some Kind of Salvation get bumped out of the Top 20.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek)
2. Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.)
3. Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers)
4. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
5. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
6. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
7. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
8. Jack Peñate Everything Is New (XL)
9. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
10. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
11. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
12. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
13. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
14. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
15. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
16. UUVVWWZ UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek)
17. Thrice Beggars (Vagrant)
18. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
19. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
20. The Black Crowes Before the Frost… (Silver Arrow/Megaforce)


Posted by: Dave on September 15, 2009 at 9:33 am

JackPenateEverything.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: Fans of the poppier, more eclectic output from The Cure should find plenty to like on Jack Peñate’s Everything Is New, which lands in the top 10 of this list. Also, the latest from Thrice – Beggars – and The Black Crowes – Before the Frost – find their way into the Top 20. Meanwhile, Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer, Peter Bjorn & John’s Living Thing and Heartless Bastards’ The Mountain fall off the list.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek)
2. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
3. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
4. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
5. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
6. Jack Peñate Everything Is New (XL)
7. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
8. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
9. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
10. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
11. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
12. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
13. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
14. UUVVWWZ UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek)
15. Thrice Beggars (Vagrant)
16. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
17. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
18. The Black Crowes Before the Frost… (Silver Arrow/Megaforce)
19. Gossip Music for Men (Columbia)
20. The Features Some Kind of Salvation (429)


Posted by: Dave on August 25, 2009 at 7:48 am

UUVVWWZ.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: The debut album from Lincoln, Nebraska’s UUVVWWZ and the long-awaited sophomore album, Some Kind of Salvation, from Tennessee’s The Features find their way into the Top 20. Meanwhile, two solo female artists get the short end of the deal. Lily Allen’s It’s Not You, It’s You and St. Vincent’s The Strangers get nudged off the list.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek)
2. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
3. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
4. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
5. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
6. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
7. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
9. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
10. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
11. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
12. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
13. UUVVWWZ UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek)
14. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
15. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
16. Gossip Music for Men (Columbia)
17. The Features Some Kind of Salvation (429)
18. Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)
19. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
20. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)


Posted by: Dave on August 2, 2009 at 1:13 am

RuralAlbertaAdvantageHometowns.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: New #1 Album of 2009 (so far)!! The Rural Alberta Advantage take over the top spot with their exciting debut Hometowns. Plus, veteran rapper Chali 2na finds his way into the Top 20 with a debut of his own, Fish Outta Water. Meanwhile, Morrissey’s Years of Refusal and Matt & Kim’s Grand get bumped from the list.

1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek)
2. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
3. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
4. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
5. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
6. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
7. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
9. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
10. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
11. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
12. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)
13. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
14. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
15. Gossip Music for Men (Columbia)
16. Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)
17. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
18. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
19. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
20. St. Vincent The Strangers (4AD)


Posted by: Dave on July 20, 2009 at 11:55 pm

MarsVoltaOctahedron.jpgWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: After a mediocre May and early June, the last few weeks have been a much more satisfying period of time for new albums. The Mars Volta enter the Top 5 with their latest release Octahedron, and Gossip’s Music for Men and Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer find their way into the Top 20. Meanwhile, Beast’s self-titled album, Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing, and Bishop Allen’s Grrr… fall off the list.

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
3. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers)
4. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
5. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
6. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
7. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
8. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
9. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
10. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
11. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
12. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
13. Gossip Music for Men (Columbia)
14. Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer (Jagjaguwar)
15. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
16. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
17. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
18. St. Vincent The Strangers (4AD)
19. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
20. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)


Posted by: Dave on June 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

GrizzlyBearVeckWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: The last two months have been pretty disappointing for new releases, but one major exception to that rule is Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest. The album has been one of the most buzzed about of the year, and, for the most part, it lives up to the hype. It enters the Top 5 on this list as it pushes U2’s No Line On the Horizon out of the Top 20.

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
3. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp)
4. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
5. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
6. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
7. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
8. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
9. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
10. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
11. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
12. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
13. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
14. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
15. St. Vincent The Strangers (4AD)
16. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
17. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)
18. Beast Beast (Verve Forecast)
19. Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing (Favorite Gentleman/Canvasback)
20. Bishop Allen Grrr… (Dead Oceans)


Posted by: Dave on May 26, 2009 at 8:54 am

ElectricOwlsAintWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: The debut album from Electric Owls, a band that features members of The Comas, Band of Horses and The Gutter Twins, breaks into the Top 10 this week. And The Strangers, the sophomore album from Annie Clark (known better as St. Vincent), finds its way into the Top 20. Meanwhile, Cursive’s Mama, I’m Swollen and Empire of the Sun’s Walking on a Dream get nudged off the list.

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
3. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
4. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
6. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
7. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
8. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant)
9. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
10. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
11. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
12. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
13. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
14. St. Vincent The Strangers (4AD)
15. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
16. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)
17. Beast Beast (Verve Forecast)
18. Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing (Favorite Gentleman/Canvasback)
19. Bishop Allen Grrr… (Dead Oceans)
20. U2 No Line On the Horizon (Interscope)


Posted by: Dave on May 12, 2009 at 11:54 am

Manchester Orchestra MeanWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: These standings haven’t been updated in a month, because, frankly, the last four weeks have been pretty disappointing for new albums. Nothing’s changed in the Top 10, but there are two new additions to the Top 20: Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing and Empire of the Sun’s Walking on A Dream. Meanwhile, A.C. Newman’s Get Guilty and The Bird and the Bee’s Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future have been bumped from the list.

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
3. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
4. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
6. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
7. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
8. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
9. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
10. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
11. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
12. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
13. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
14. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)
15. Beast Beast (Verve Forecast)
16. Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing (Favorite Gentleman/Canvasback)
17. Bishop Allen Grrr… (Dead Oceans)
18. U2 No Line On the Horizon (Interscope)
19. Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)
20. Empire of the Sun Walking on a Dream (Astralwerks/Virgin)


Posted by: Dave on April 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

DecemberistsHazardsofLoveWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album (or albums) break into my Top 20.

Update: The Decemberists narrowly missed taking over the top spot with their epic concept album The Hazards of Love. Meanwhile, albums from Handsome Furs, Peter Bjorn and John, Beast and Bishop Allen join the list to round out the first complete installment of the Top 20 Albums of 2009. The standings will be updated throughout the year, each time a new album (or albums) breaks into the Top 20.

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol)
3. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
4. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
6. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
7. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop)
8. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
9. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
10. Peter Bjorn & John Living Thing (Almost Gold)
11. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
12. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
13. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
14. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)
15. Beast Beast (Verve Forecast)
16. Bishop Allen Grrr… (Dead Oceans)
17. U2 No Line On the Horizon (Interscope)
18. Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)
19. A.C. Newman Get Guilty (Matador)
20. The Bird and the Bee Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (Blue Note)


Posted by: Dave on March 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm

PsappCamelsBackWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. Sure it’s only March, but it’s never too soon to start tracking the Top Albums of 2009. The list will be up 20 soon enough, but for now here are the 15 best albums I’ve heard so far this year (Note: To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2008 and November 30, 2009):

1. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino)
2. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge)
3. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-)
4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod)
5. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino)
6. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)
7. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-)
8. Heartless Bastards The Mountain (Fat Possum)
9. Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You (Capitol)
10. Morrissey Years of Refusal (Attack/Lost Highway)
11. Matt & Kim Grand (Fader)
12. U2 No Line On the Horizon (Interscope)
13. Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek)
14. A.C. Newman Get Guilty (Matador)
15. The Bird and the Bee Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (Blue Note)


Posted by: Dave on November 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

DeathVesselWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album or albums break into my Top 20.

Update: Death Vessel’s quiet, under-the-radar album Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us finds its way into the Top 20, which means that now THREE acts with the word “death” in their moniker have made it onto this list. Intriguing. In the meantime, the debut album Take Me to the Sea by Jaguar Love – a band that includes former members of The Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves – gets nudged out.

1. My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO)
2. Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge)
3. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL)
4. T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
5. Adele 19 (XL/Columbia)
6. Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)
7. Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic)
8. Hot Chip Made in the Dark (Astralwerks)
9. The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
10. Kardinal Offishall Not 4 Sale (Kon Live/Geffen)
11. Death Vessel Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us (Sub Pop)
12. Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
13. Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
14. Dizzee Rascal Maths & English (Definitive Jux)
15. Death Angel Killing Season (Nuclear Blast America)
16. Shy Child Noise Won’t Stop (Kill Rock Stars)
17. Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)
18. TV on the Radio Dear Science (Interscope)
19. Disturbed Indestructible (Warner Brothers/Reprise)
20. Jazmine Sullivan Fearless (J Records)


Posted by: Dave on October 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm

TIPaperTrailWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album or albums break into my Top 20.

Update: T.I.’s star-studded, hit-filled LP Paper Trail demonstrates an unprecedented sense of urgency for the popular Southern rapper and moves in to the top 5. TV On the Radio’s latest Dear Science and Jazmine Sullivan’s debut Fearless also find their way on to the list. Meanwhile, Portishead’s Third, The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely and The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive all get nudged out of the Top 20.

1. My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO)
2. Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge)
3. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL)
4. T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)
5. Adele 19 (XL/Columbia)
6. Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)
7. Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic)
8. Hot Chip Made in the Dark (Astralwerks)
9. The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
10. Kardinal Offishall Not 4 Sale (Kon Live/Geffen)
11. Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
12. Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
13. Dizzee Rascal Maths & English (Definitive Jux)
14. Death Angel Killing Season (Nuclear Blast America)
15. Shy Child Noise Won’t Stop (Kill Rock Stars)
16. Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)
17. TV on the Radio Dear Science (Interscope)
18. Disturbed Indestructible (Warner Brothers/Reprise)
19. Jazmine Sullivan Fearless (J Records)
20. Jaguar Love Take Me To the Sea (Matador)


Posted by: Dave on September 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm

KardinalOffishallWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album or albums break into my Top 20.

Update: Kardinal Offishall has been a force in hip hop’s underground for years, but with Not 4 Sale he has a chance to break into the mainstream. The album makes it into the Top 10 of the year (so far). Meanwhile, the buzzworthy debut from MGMT – Oracular Spectular – gets nudged out of the Top 20.

1. My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO)
2. Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge)
3. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL)
4. Adele 19 (XL/Columbia)
5. Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)
6. Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic)
7. Hot Chip Made in the Dark (Astralwerks)
8. The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
9. Kardinal Offishall Not 4 Sale (Kon Live/Geffen)
10. Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
11. Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
12. Dizzee Rascal Maths & English (Definitive Jux)
13. Death Angel Killing Season (Nuclear Blast America)
14. Shy Child Noise Won’t Stop (Kill Rock Stars)
15. Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)
16. Disturbed Indestructible (Warner Brothers/Reprise)
17. Jaguar Love Take Me To the Sea (Matador)
18. Portishead Third (Mercury/Island)
19. The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely (Warner Brothers)
20. The Hold Steady Stay Positive (Vagrant)


Posted by: Dave on September 14, 2008 at 11:19 am

JaguarLoveWhen I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. To be eligible for this list the album needs to be released in the U.S. between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2008. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time an album or albums break into my Top 20.

Update: Take Me to the Sea, the debut release from Jaguar Love (the band made up of former members of The Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves) finds its way on the list. Meanwhile, Heretic Pride, the latest from The Mountain Goats gets bumped off. And Lykke Li’s Youth Novels and The Game’s LAX fall just short of making the Top 20, but will surely find a spot in the Top 40 at the end of the year.

1. My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO)
2. Conor Oberst Conor Oberst (Merge)
3. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (XL)
4. Adele 19 (XL/Columbia)
5. Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple (Atlantic)
6. Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic)
7. Hot Chip Made in the Dark (Astralwerks)
8. The Hush Sound Goodbye Blues (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)
9. Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer (Sub Pop)
10. Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)
11. Dizzee Rascal Maths & English (Definitive Jux)
12. Death Angel Killing Season (Nuclear Blast America)
13. Shy Child Noise Won’t Stop (Kill Rock Stars)
14. Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)
15. Disturbed Indestructible (Warner Brothers/Reprise)
16. Jaguar Love Take Me To the Sea (Matador)
17. Portishead Third (Mercury/Island)
18. The Raconteurs Consolers of the Lonely (Warner Brothers)
19. The Hold Steady Stay Positive (Vagrant)
20. MGMT Oracular Spectacular (Red Ink/Columbia)




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