It feels like an impossible choice, but I think the best album (or at least the one that has become my default “I need to chill the hell out” album) has been Every Where is Some Where by K Flay. It’s been great to have K Flay’s particular brand of vaguely depressing, vaguely angry, always chill sound on call this year.
As far as track of the year for me… Man, that’s a tough one, but I think it’s gotta be Pieces/Ruins by P.O.S. Some of his best lyrical work there (honestly all of Chill, Dummy is fantastic, although I’m not super-hot on Bully).
DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
The Ooz by King Krule
The Hanged Man by Ted Leo
American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
Boomiverse by Big Boi (I just listened to this again a few days ago and was delighted, as I always am)
I am 100% sure there are other albums that dropped this year that I’m forgetting but these are the ones that I’ve spent the most time with.