Gonna kiss up to the Great Misgiver
Do you know what was a really underappreciated album this year? Kensington Heights, by Constantines. I may be in the minority in thinking that their two last albums are their best (as albums qua albums that is, I will certainly cede the point that some of the tracks from Shine a Light are among their best, ditto with "Young Offenders"), but it really was just astonishingly solid and satisfying - not sure if it makes my top twenty, but it's a close run thing and it may actually suffer (unfairly) for 'just' being so consistent as opposed to other albums that are flashier or have more obvious conceptual hooks. But hell, being the best rock band in Canada ought to be enough for people, right?