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
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Another superb album - that makes four in a row.
#5 Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You...
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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
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#7 Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
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More of the very lovely same from Sparklehorse.