N.B. You'll have to forgive me for sneaking in a couple of albums which weren't released this year, I'll argue that perhaps this is a list of music which has played a big part in my life this year rather than music which is purely *released* this year.
#20- Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
Incredibly catchy pop album.
#19- Maybeshewill - Fair Youth
Maybeshewill have turned down the distorted guitars and turned up the trumpets, but the familiar synth rich textured sound remains.
#18- Adebisi Shank - This Is the Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank
Big Unit would easily rank in my top 5 tunes of the year and the rest of the album isn't far behind.