Starting today, I’ll be counting down my Top Albums of the last year, one a day til we hit #1. 

I’m sticking to the same approach as last year, lumping all of an artist’s releases for the year into one entry. Unlike last year, this didn’t effect things very much; nobody who made my list put out multiple releases that might have rated on their own.

Also like last year, I’m creating one list that lumps together LPs, EPs, 7"s, etc. I’ll be damned if I can distinguish between which label is proper anymore half the time. Is a 7-song release an EP even if the artist calls it an LP? What about a 7" that’s also a digital single? What about demos? Ultimately, there’s nothing to be gained by trying to sort it out – they’re labels that are essentially meaningless when determining accomplishment, value and enjoyment.

I wrote very few album reviews this year, though I did do a number of interviews, album previews, festival coverage and other writing. For any act on the list about which I wrote, I’ll link to my piece(s).

Finally, as always, there’s more than ten entries on this Top Ten list. So without further ado, here comes #12!