So, we’re up to Album #02 in my top ten list for this year, but there have been some other great albums that just failed to make the cut. Here’s a couple of them:
- Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions - The boys from Scotland just missed out on the top ten with their latest album. It sounds different then their previous releases, yet at the same time follows a similar formula; you have some heavier songs, some pop-ier singalongs, and some quieter songs you reflect on. Be sure to check out opener ‘the Captain’, the poppy ‘Bubbles’, and the epic ‘Mountains’.
- Julian Plenti - Julian Plenti is… Skyscraper - A solid release from Interpol front-man Paul Banks. Apparently he’s had this album just sitting around before he decided to record and release it this year. This album has some stand-out tracks, have a listen to ‘Games for Days’ and ‘Only If You Run’.
- Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be - Devendra’s back with his latest album What Will We Be, and it’s okay. The album starts really well but then towards the end the songs just start tapering off, why Devendra? Why? But still a good chill-out album that can be listened to year round. Some of the better tracks are ‘Goin’ Back’, ‘Baby’, and the strange ‘Chin Chin & Muck Muck’ with it’s jazzy lounge bar intro.
Some other notable albums to check out are Whitley’s Go Forth, Find Mammoth, the Rural Alberta Advantage with Hometowns, La Roux’s selftitled album, Angus Stone’s solo project Lady of the Sunshine with Smoking Gun, Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone, Vetiver’s Close Knit and the heavier Dead Weather with their release Horehound.
The end of the year is fast approaching so it is fitting to recap my favorite 10 albums of the past 12 months. This was a tough decision, what to include, what to take out… there’s been some great songs on average albums, and average songs on well-rounded albums, and some great songs on great albums. But here’s the pick.