We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list (and words) by Stefano Solventi (Sentireascoltare).

A practice of identification: It is what the play of the lists at the end of the year seems to me. A game certainly not crucial, at most – for what concerns me – funny. However, there is an unpleasant implication: for the need – individual or editorial – to send messages of belonging or, conversely, distance, in the selection of the albums, it often seems to prevail a “urge” for balancing between (anti) fashionable instances , a kind of “Manuale Cencelli” of pop-rock predilections (do you remember the First Republic?).

I repeat, it’s a game and I’m there. After all, you have to just know the rules, right? There is displeasure for those records that, even if beautiful or even very beautiful, from this mechanism end up shredded or cut off. It can happen, it happens, for different reasons, often however referable to one: the will of a musician to score an artistic and individual maturation, to follow the path he considers more correct and peculiar (the two are quite related), and it does’n’t matter if the world does not seem interested in this path, in this maturation.

I chose five records that seem to testify this aspect: an artistic and individual growth, a progress towards full maturation that does not seem to have coincided, apparently, with the requirements necessary to strike the popular imagination, to make impression. Not enough, at least to ensure that the titles of this five albums earned important positions of the many lists (more or less important) that we have read these days. Happy new year, guys.