Warning: this post displays epic geekery.
I categorise bands/artists that I like into three 'circles'. The inner circle are my very favourite bands. I just love them. The second circle are other bands I think are very good. They generally fail to get into the inner circle for one or more of three reasons: they have not produced enough music yet; their music is too variable in quality; or I just don't quite like their music enough. The third circle are other bands that I like and regularly listen too.
Today there is are to alterations to the inner circle. Anberlin are moving back into the second circle, on the basis of a relatively weak 5th album and a slightly disappointing gig. Athlete are moving into the inner circle.
This leaves this inner circle as: Athlete, British Sea Power, Delirious, Idlewild, Lifehouse and Mew.
The second circle is: Bloc Party, Coldplay, DCTalk, Easyworld, Editors, Enya, Feeder, Muse, Anberlin, Matt Redman, Oasis, Sigur Ros, Stellastarr* and U2.