Well, since I am so late, I will not bore you with repeating much of what's already been said. However, I can't resist to comment that I am surprised how many times Fleet Foxes ended up in the top one or two albums of the year! I must admit, I haven't heard the whole album, but a friend put a few songs on a mix she made me and I didn't find them particularly memorable. In fact, I found one song even annoying (it is one that is in rounds...I don't remember the title). I wasn't reading the track list when I first listened to it, and I thought, "When did My Morning Jacket get so annoying?!" Anyhow, I am sad to say I can't share everyone's enthusiasm for those Foxes that are Fleet.
And now getting to the point, my favorite album of the year:
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago. A mix between TV on the Radio, Sufjan Stevens, and Owen, Bon Iver is eerily wintry and wonderful. If you haven't heard the back story, Justin wrote this album after breaking up with his band and girlfriend and then isolating himself in his father's hunting cabin in Wisconsin for a few months. The album reeks of snowed-in-cabin, has many ghost-like moments, and will enrapture you with its stream-of-consciousness lyrics. It has been a favorite of mine this year--the favorite--and I highly recommend it.
And as an added bonus, my favorite single of the year: MGMT--Time to Pretend. What a great song. That's all.