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I’ve waited until the last minute to write this and really thought about it a lot… I’ve tried to ignore how bands sounded live and just judge the records on their own merit. Also records had to have been released in the UK this year. So here we are:
- The main point is that the Foals, Arcade Fire and Sleigh Bells albums were all pretty much 5* and I keep switching which should come first… so take your pick. Around half of my favourite songs of the year are on just these three.
- Tier two albums were pretty solid all the way through- the new Black Keys, Surfer Blood and Girl Talk albums in particular were excellent and I could listen to them again and again. Those three in particular blew me away.
- Tier three albums had great moments (if not consistency) and were definitely worth a listen. The Morning Benders, Avi Buffalo and Two Door Cinema Club records were such great additions and I want to hear more.
I know a lot is missing from this- Kanye, LCD Soundsystem, Grinderman (sorry mate) and even Ryan Adams- but I think this year was defined by quantity. There were ALOT of 3* and 4* albums so it was pretty easy to fill a top 25. Despite this quantity my top 7, and in particular the top 3, stand apart.
So now I get to look out for all those I missed… got any suggestions?