What an utterly brilliant year for new music. I seem to say this every year, but the standard this year was truly exceptional.
Or perhaps it was the same as every year. Maybe it's all down to how much time and effort and patient listening you invest over the course of those twelve months. I'm a firm believer that if you have a keen ear for sound - and are willing to explore the vast multitudes of those sounds - that you'll develop a cohesive way of finding nearly something to like about the majority of music you come across. The familiarity that often comes with repeated listens is linked closely to one's personal enjoyment of it. Somehow the more you listen to something, the more you obtain from it and draw from it.
It seems that we are all becoming more and more a part of an online music community. The websites that publish daily reviews and news have allowed us all to evolve into something of refined connoisseurs of contemporary recorded music.