Then why haven’t I got more money?

The usual ‘is it a shit year for music’ argument has broken out on a music bulletin board I frequent. As usual there are people arguing for both sides of that particular argument. Personally, it’s been a bloody great year for music already – and there’s still the best part of six months to go. This is, as you may already be realising, simply a good excuse for a list.
Already this year I’ve grown to love:

Maximo ParkOur Earthly Pleasures
Arcade FireNeon Bible
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Crowded House – Time On Earth
Air Traffic – Fractured Life
Grinderman – Grinderman
The Bees – Octopus
The Aliens – Astronomy For Dogs
Lavender DiamondImagine Our Love
The Dialss/t
Arctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare
Manic Street PreachersSend Away The Tigers
Feist The Reminder
Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars
B.C. CamplightBlink Of A Nihilist
Cherry GhostThirst For Romance
Sondre LerchePhantom Punch
The Strange Death Of Liberal EnglandForward March!
BjorkVolta
Kings Of LeonBecause Of The Times
HamfatterWhat Part Of Hamfatter Do You Not Understand?
AshTwilight Of The Innocents
EditorsAn End Has A Start
Mark RonsonVersion
Ryan AdamsEasy Tiger
Gruff Rhys Candylion
The Cinematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur
Tracey Thorn Out Of The Woods
Andrew BirdArmchair Apocrypha

And…
The two stand-outs thus far
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
and
MapsWe Can Create.

Won’t say any more for now, but if you look into even one of those albums, I’ll be pleased.