The Village Voice just released they're annual Pazz and Jop awards. This year's number one album features a repeat from last year's winner, Kanye West. This is the first time this has happened in consecutive years since The Clash performed that feat. That puts Mr. West in some pretty august company.
The scope of this list goes way beyond my musical tastes, but it usually places some surprising albums on the list. For example, the last three Drive-By Truckers albums have made the list at rather lofty positions--Redneck rock in the Village Voice?--and I'm sure this year is no exception. I'll probably take some time to pore over it to see if I've missed anything.
NP: "Northern Winds"- Steve Earle