It's nearly the end of the first half of the year and there aren't any key albums left to review (except for The Civil Wars debut, but I'll get to that later), so what better time to put up my list of my favorite albums of the year so far, split into genres:
Lady Gaga's sophomore album Born This Way is probably my favorite pop album of the year so far. Perhaps, my favorite album of the year. Such thrilling and invigorating pop.
Honorable mentions: Adele's monstrously successful second album 21, which could also be my favorite album of the year, Britney Spears' seventh album Femme Fatale and Simon Curtis' RA.
The Foo Fighters' awesome seventh album Wasting Light is my favorite rock album of the year so far. It's possibly their best album yet, rocking out just as hard as 2002's One By One.
Honourable mentions: Radiohead's eighth album The King of Limbs, another solid entry into their consistent discography. The Strokes' Angles, the joyous pop/rock of The Wombat's second album The Modern Glitch and White Lies' slightly more experimental second album Rituals.
British indie/rock band Elbow's second album Build a Rocket Boys! was a fantastic follow-up to 2008's critically acclaimed fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid.
Honorable mentions: The People's Key, the seventh album from American rockers Bright Eyes was a great rock album flourished with great fluorescent poppy undertones. Fleet Foxes' slightly more experimental second album' Helplessness Blues, Noah & The Whale's Last Night on Earth, Foster the People's Torches and although I haven't reviewed it yet, indie/folk duo The Civil Wars brilliant debut Baton Hallow.
What a depressing year it's been for R&B so far (or maybe I haven't been looking hard enough), however Jill Scott's seductive fourth album The Light of the Sun rises above the weak bunch of releases.
Honorable mentions: I'm stretching a little with these, but Jamie Woon's enticingly downbeat debut Mirrorwriting and American singer/song-writer Amos Lee's Mission Bell.