It’s the end of the year, and sure as eggs is eggs there are music lists, polls and debates galore. I’m a sucker for a good end-of-year list, so I’m sure as hell gonna contribute my own. So without further ado, here are my top ten albums of the year:
10. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
A triumph of genre crossovers, from Daft Punk to ’80s pop, there was hardly a dud track on here.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Weird Science
9. Ida Maria – Fortress Around My Heart
Explosive, effervescent pop-punk from the amazing Miss Maria, her live show is just as good.
Ida Maria – Stella
8. Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off The Lavender Bridge
Dev Hynes truly manages to shake off the Test Icicles tag to mould himself as a brilliant, twisted folk troubador.
Lightspeed Champion – Galaxy Of The Lost
7. Flight of the Conchords – Flight of the Conchords
I know comedy records shouldn’t count, but this is such a well-formed album, the fact that it’s funny doesn’t even matter that much.
Flight of the Conchords – The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)
6. Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
The perfect blend of house, indie, funk and any other genre you want to name, this album manages the seemingly impossible task of making a hugely coherent album without ever becoming samey.
Friendly Fires – Photobooth
5. Mumford and Sons – Lend Me Your Eyes EP
Alright, it’s an EP not an album, but all four tracks are just so beautiful, so unbelievably heart-wrenching and glorious that I can’t not include it.
Mumford and Sons – Awake My Soul
4. Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
New-folk’s true pioneer, this album delivered exactly what everyone wanted, the old demos produced beautifully, as well as some wonderful new tracks.
Laura Marling – Night Terror
3. Johnny Flynn – A Larum
Three new-folk albums in a row eh? I’d been waiting for an album from Johnny Flynn since his first demo of Tickle Me Pink, and the album was everything I’d wanted and more.
Johnny Flynn – Leftovers
2. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – Angles
Hip-hop doesn’t have to be corporate, gangstafied shite, it can be poetry, it can be dance music, it can be funny or tragically sad. In short, this album’s brilliant.
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – The Beat That My Heart Skipped
1. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
To be honest, I don’t think there was ever a doubt in my mind that this would be first place. When it came out it was just so different. Totally summery, totally African and totally incredible.
Vampire Weekend – Bryn