One of my favorite features on PopMatters.com is their annual Slipped Discs section, in which music writers take the time to advocate for great records that have somehow been overlooked, either by critics or listeners or both. This year's edition is split into three parts, which can be found here:
So check 'em out. Part One contains a brief writeup that I did for The Builders and the Butchers, whose record Dead Reckoning was quite possibly my Album of the Year, and which has been heard by just about nobody else besides me and a couple of people in Portland. I refer to it as "criminally overlooked," and I stand by that.