There are only a few albums I can think of that have stood out to me. Phoenix, Passion Pit, The Decemberists, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Thrice, and Paper Route. That's about it. Pearl Jam was decent, Mutemath, was underwhelming and there hasn't been a lot of new bands this year.
hmm I disagree with that. How about Set Your Goals, The Dear Hunter, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, AFI, Paramore, plus a whole heap of bands getting back together, I dunno, I had a ball with music this year, thought it was possibly one of the better years of the past decade.