I have to be honest: I had a different experience of the 2023 musical landscape than Jay – it was hard for me to find any anything to really settle into, anything that moved me, or anything that shocked me in a way that was wholly new. Nevertheless, here’s my top albums of the past year, in no particular order, because I don’t think they’re really comparable.

2023 was a pretty darn good year for music, at least for the genres I like…I’ve spent a lot of time listening to my top 15 over the last month or two, in order to decide on the final order, and I’ve pretty much considered moving each one to the top slot at one moment or another. All of these albums have really special moments on them — whether it’s the right mix of noise…