I've been so slack lately so here's a bunch of contenders for my consideration at the end of the year...

#4 Nina Nastasia - On Leaving
On Leaving
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Another superb album - that makes four in a row.

#5 Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You...
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
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An album that pretty much squeezes the Yo La Tengo experience into a single package - a balance between the quiet and the angry, the twee and the heavy, the smart and the silly...

#6 Fiel Garvie - Caught Laughing
Caught Laughing
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#7 Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
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More of the very lovely same from Sparklehorse.