I know that the idea of the favorites list can elicit a big eye roll from some, but since I think it always shines a nice light on some records that I love that might not be getting all the attention elsewhere, I’ll keep it up. Plus, I think there are a lot of folks who wait for lists to get their fix on what albums to listen to, and that’s great! Whatever gets music into the hands of fans. This year has already been great for music, despite the huge hurdles that labels and artists have faced just getting things made. As always, the idea of ‘best’ isn’t quantitative, but these were my favorites for the first six months of the year. These are the ones that spent the most time stuck in my head and glued to my speakers. Peruse the list below and please, hit up the bands’ outlets and support who you can!