There seems to be an expectation that if one is a discerning music enthusiast, he must develop year-end lists with best/favorite albums from that year. I always wait until the year is actually over to create such a list. (And if you’re lucky, in a month or two, you’ll receive a copy of the annual Song’s in Jon’s Beard, a mix CD of my favorite songs from the year.)
I am unsure whether I am hesitant to make a definitive statement or whether it really is that hard to decide. One thing I can say is that Katy and I continue discovering some really good releases from 2010 (like the new Motel Beds album). So if I had made a list two months ago, like a friend of mine, I would have missed quite a few excellent records.
All that said, I’ll try to have a list created and annotated by the end of January.