Ok I'm just going to put this up now and be done with it. No, Mark Kozelek doesn't feature:
10. Caught In The Wake Forever - My Family Goes On Without Me
More exquisite melancholy from Scotland.
9. Earth - Primitive and Deadly
Lengthy, bombastic instrumental rock.
8. New Secret Weapon - New Secret Weapon
Exciting new Irish band.
7. Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio
Lanegan keeps pushing the boundaries of his sound.
6. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Old misery guts finally decides to mix things up... a bit.
5. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Almost too smooth at times, yet it really works at others.
4. Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq - There Is Calm To Be Done
Chris Hooson and co continue to turn out flawless albums.
3. Mogwai - Rave Tapes
One of the most consistent bands around.
2. Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
An unexpected late career highlight, the fire still burns.
1. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
I never thought my album of the year would be a droney, instrumental ballet soundtrack.