5. Stars of The Lid, And Their Refinement of The Decline
It's true that each subsequent SoTL album grows softer and more edgeless, to the point where my associate D. Bauler can claim that they're now essentially making music for car commercials. But I'd be remiss in not including it in my list: it is two discs of grand, sad fanfare, in a year where grand, sad fanfare seemed all too appropriate. This is a music that makes failure into a kind of dignity, and that alone makes it a document of enormous value. Happy holidays.
Listen: Stars of The Lid, "
That Finger On Your Temple Is The Barrel of My Raygun"