Instead of another boring list I thought this might be interesting. What album or albums surprised you the most this year? Maybe you liked something you hadn't expected, or were totally disappointed by something you hoped would be great.
I was really surprised by the Laurie Spiegel Expanding Universe reissue. I really didn't know much of anything about her, and I would have assumed her music to be more academic and difficult. This album was definitely a pleasant surprise for me.