Honestly, I feel like putting together this list somehow deceives people into thinking I listened to anything other than The National this year. At any rate, I don't get too many opportunities to deceive others, so let's just go with it.
In no particular order, here are the new records I was obsessed with this year. This isn't a Top Ten, because I don't think I even listened to ten new records this year. Lying on the floor listening to Matt Berninger mirror your soul back to you in song takes up a LOT of time.
(Please note, this is an Arcade Fire Free Zone.)
Neko Case--The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
(I want to be her when I grow up.)
Laura Marling--Once I was an Eagle
David Bowie--The Next Day
Vampire Weekend--Modern Vampires of the City
(My mother called these guys Zombie Weekend last week, that was pretty great.)
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs--Mosquito
Haim--Days Are Gone
The National--Trouble Will Find Me
This album is perfect.