I stole this idea from another blog, but it seems cool. I hope to count down to the end of the year with my favorite albums from this year. As there are still albums yet unreleased, I am posting those I know made the list at first, but not in any particular order.
Number one for me is Calexico's Garden Ruin.
I first heard them play a few songs with Wilco at ACL but really only knew them for a lot of horns and TexMex sound. I know, I know, they collaborated on Iron and Wine's In the Reins but I didn't find that album till this year.
Garden Ruin hooked me from the first listen. "Cruel" is an amazing song as are many on this album. Give it a listen if you haven't already.