i waited until the last minute for Mavis, and wasn't disappointed. 1. Mavis Staples - Mavis Staples – I only received this a couple of days ago (USP Christmas delivery mayhem), but I foresee this album staying by the turntable for a long way to come. The package is OK (no liner notes, boo), but it sounds fantastic. 2. Feist - Let it Die – Feist lived on a forgotten part of my mind for a long time, having her album and finally playing it brought it all back and it’s so soothing and smooth. A real pleasure. 3. Moby - Play – I never invested time in exploring Moby’s music in detail, nonetheless this album changed my predisposition. It sounds great and it’s fun. 4. Mitski - Be The Cowboy – I was totally unaware of Mitski and trusted VMP on this. It was not disappointing, and it will likely become a milestone in the career of this artist. 5. Townes Van Zandt - For the Sake Of the Song – No previous exposure to Country music (I’m Italian after all) and lots of scepticism. But I let go and listened to this. It was a pleasant surprise and a good evening record to play. 6. TV On The Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain - Sonically probably the most impactful of the ROTM released in 2018. Not exactly something I put on my plate regularly, since it requires attention. Definitely NOT background music. 7. Ayalew Mesfin - Hasabe - unexpected discovery and a welcome insight on world music. It opened for me to explore new sounds and sonorities. It doesn’t get played often, as the family doesn’t like (or appreciate) the sound of Ethiopian guitars. 8. Silvertones - Silver Bullets - Reggae yeah. Maybe a bit too obscure but overall fun. Nice to have some diversity on my shelfs. 9. Beach House - Devotion – never really interested in the genre, nonetheless had to get it for the most impressive package produced in the year. 10. Clipse - Lord Willin’ – great sounds but definitely outside of my interest. The language is unappealing and it sits unspinned for a while. Definitely not my cup of tea. De La Soul on the other hand, was a winner (RHH) 11. Queen - A Night at the Opera - I’ve rarely been so disappointed by an album. I generally was uninterested in Queen’s production nonetheless I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately I truly dislike this one and, for the first time, I am plainning to get rid of it. 12. N/a Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – swapped this, since I had no interest in AM.