When I heard The National was releasing a new album, I was kinda skeptical that it could live up to Boxer, which was my album of the year when it was released ~3 yrs ago. At first I was unimpressed, but after 6-7 listens the new one is absolutely wearing out my ipod. At this point in the year, it's my pick for album of the year. The recent Titus Andronicus is a close second. I wish the new Hold Steady and Broken Social Scene (was really looking forward to both) were growing on me in the same way.
What are your picks for album of the year?