Here are my favorite albums (so far) from this year. The list is very eclectic, and some things are easier to digest than others. I like all of them, so I don't see any sense in ranking. Instead, they're in alphabetical order by album title.
While I think it's good to dissect and talk to other people about individual musical elements that influence what I like, each album on this list is ultimately chosen based on my gut reaction, so I'm leaving out any commentary and letting each album speak for itself.
I'm always fascinated by the way my gut will respond very differently to two albums that have very similar individual elements, or respond differently at different times of life...or even time of day. My gut reaction changes as I change. I can only speak for what I'm drawn to at this moment and reserve the right to change my mind at any time. :)
If our lists have some common albums, I'd love to know. If you think I might like something that you don't see, I'd love to know that, too. Comment away. If we don't like each other's favorites, no hard feelings. I still think you're super-cool.
I've included embedded playlists whenever I could so you can preview the tracks right here. Consider buying what you like so that artist can afford to make another album next year.
Fair warning: there's a few explicit tracks in here.