Lloyd released his new "King of Hearts" album in 2011.

Lloyd released his new "King of Hearts" album in 2011. Credit: John Ricard / Interscope

Happy holidays! It's the time of year when we look back and that's what we're doing for the next two weeks. This week, we'll look at the 25 best albums and next week, we'll review the 25 best songs.

25. Bobby Long, “A Winter Tale” (ATO): Simple, poignant folk songs that stick with you.

24. Wild Flag, “Wild Flag” (Merge): Finally! A supergroup that surpasses the sum of its parts.

23. The Belle Brigade, “The Belle Brigade” (Reprise): Harmonies only siblings could create on quirky, smart indie-folk songs.

22. Ryan Adams, “Ashes & Fire” (Pax-AM/Capitol): The prolific singer-songwriter slows down enough to focus on his most cohesive, touching album in years.

21. Lloyd, “King of Hearts” (Interscope): An ambitious plan to take current R&B love songs to the next level.

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