10. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Because John Maus found a way to resurrect Ian Curtis with synth-pop sensibilities and a deeply philosophical outlook.
9. Real Estate – Days
Because this is how autumn sounds and feels for a 20-something.
8. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
Because Merrill Garbus takes the delightfully strange elements of Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend and makes them her very own.
7. James Blake – James Blake
Because he was everywhere in 2011 and as winter 2012 approaches, this somber masterpiece still sounds like the perfect remedy to the cold.
6. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Because Robin Pecknold and his band ask profound questions in the most gorgeous way.