Towards the end of Q4, one trusted and reputable music company will post their top 10 or 20 or 50 or 100 Albums of the Year, prompting almost every other blog, news site, magazine, record shop and the like to follow suit.
Almost due to the fear of missing out, they seem to have their choices finalised by October at latest, and have the draft ready to hit 'post'. No one wants to be first out there, but they all want to be current.
I thought I'd do a personal one to beat the bulk of the traffic. Here's my top 70.
70. Here Lies Man - 'Here Lies Man'
69. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Luciferian Towers'
68. White Wine - 'Killer Brilliance'
67. The Fall - 'New Facts Emerge'
66. Metz - 'Strange Peace'
65. Mr. Jukes - 'God First'
64. Palm - 'Shadow Expert'
63. Bas Jan - 'Bas Jan'
62. Kite Base - 'Latent Whispers'
61. Dama Scout - 'Dama Scout'
60. Xiu Xiu - 'Forget'
59. Arcade Fire - 'Everything Now'
58. Part Chimp - 'Iv'
57. Jakuzi - 'Fantezi Müzik'
56. Uniform - 'Wake In Fright'
55. Actress - 'AZD'
54. Feist - 'Pleasure'
53. British Sea Power - 'Let The Dancers Inherit The Party'
52. The National - 'Sleep Well Beast'
51. Wesley Gonzales - 'Excellent Musician'
50. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - 'Feed The Rats'
49. Mario Batovik - 'Mario Batovik'
48. Converge - 'The Dusk In Us'
47. Sleaford Mods - 'English Tapas'
46. Emperor X - 'Oversleepers International'
45. Sun Kil Moon - 'Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood'
44. Thee Oh Sees - 'Orc'
43. The Necks - 'Unfold'
42. The I.L.Y's - 'Bodyguard'
41. Jlin - 'Black Origami'
40. Hey Colossus - 'The Guillotine'
39. At The Drive In - 'in.ter.a.li.a'
38. Ghostpoet - 'Dark Days + Canapés'
37. Fever Ray - 'Plunge'
36. Pissed Jeans - 'Why Love Now'
35. USA Nails - 'Shame Spiral'
34. Alvvays - 'Antisocialites'
33. Slowdive - 'Slowdive'
32. Liars - 'TFCF'
31. Darkthrone - 'Arctic Thunder'
30. Steven Wilson - 'To The Bone'
29. Grizzly Bear - 'Painted Ruins'
28. Ulrika Spacek - 'Modern English Decoration'
27. Lød - 'Folder'
26. Father John Misty - 'Pure Comedy'
25. Beck - 'Colors'
24. St. Vincent - 'MASSEDUCTION'
23. Colin Stetson - 'All This I Do For Glory'
22. The Horrors - 'V'
21. Aldous Harding - 'Party'
20. Mark Lanegan - 'Gargoyle'
19. Kelly Lee Owens - 'Kelly Lee Owens'
18. Omni - 'Multi-Task'
17. Moses Sumney - 'Aromantiscism'
16. Chelsea Wolfe - 'Hiss Spun'
15. Akercocke - 'Renaissance in Extremis'
14. Action Bronson - 'Blue Chips 7000'
13. Drake - 'More Life'
12. Stormzy - 'Gang Signs & Prayer'
11. Blanck Mass - 'World Eater'
Now, Ladies & Gentlemen, the top ten...
10. Binker and Moses - 'Journey to the Mountain of Forever'
9. Wold Parade - 'Cry Cry Cry'
8. Protomartyr - 'Relatives In Descent'
7. Snapped Ankles - 'Come Play The Trees'
6. Emptyset - 'Borders'
5. Arca - 'Arca'
4. Kendrick Lamar - 'DAMN.'
3. Perfume Genius - 'No Shape'
2. Richard Dawson - 'Peasant'
1. Idles - 'Brutalism'
Well done to Idles for making one of the best British debut albums of the last decade. Your noise is utterly disgusting and I love it.
Here's to 2018, and to another 12 months of desperately trying to catch up with everything each Friday.