No, this isn’t a misspelling.
Despite doing my annual Festive Fifty tracks at the end of last year, I never published my albums of the year list. For those that might care – and you’ve read this far – there were a handful of reasons for this.
Firstly, that I was trying to agree on an order. The final two choices I couldn’t quite make up my mind about. Secondly, there were a couple of albums I wanted to hear before I did the list that for one reason or another I hadn’t heard then. And as life changes, sometimes it’s just not possible to hear fifty albums well enough to rank them in order.
So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a top ten from last year, with a number that can be considered to have been worthy runners-up.
- David Bowie Blackstar
- Michael Kiwanuka Love And Hate
- K Fellowship (AKA Kate Bush) Before The Dawn
- Skepta Konichiwa
- Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
- Kano Made In the Manor
- PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project
- Mogwai Atomic
- Frank Ocean Blonde
- Beyoncé Lemonade
…and worthy runners-up (in no particular order)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Shirley Collins Lodestar
Dexys Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul
Kristin Hersh Wyatt At The Coyote Palace
Modern Studies Swell To Great
Emma Pollock In Search Of Harperfield
Underworld Barbara, Barbara We Face A Shining Future
Scott Walker The Childhood Of A Leader
Wedding Present Going, Going…
Lest we forget…