17 Seconds’ Top 50 albums of the year 2015


1. Bjork Vulnicura
2. Blur The Magic Whip
3. Belle and Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
4. Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
5. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
6. U.S. Girls Half Free
7. Midas Fall The Menagerie Inside
8. Laurie Cameron The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
9. Bhi Bhiman Rhythm and Reason
10. Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue How Beautiful
12. Mercury Rev The Light In You
13. Libertines Anthems For Doomed Youth
14. Chvrches Every Open Eye
15. Rezillos Zero
16. Micachu and the Shapes Good Bad Happy Sad
17. Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
18. Benjamin Clementine At Least For Now
19. Dominic Waxing Lyrical Woodland Casual
20. Gengahr A Dream Outside
21. Go! Team The Scene Between
22. John Grant Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
23. Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People
24. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
25. Low Ones And Sixes
26. Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Going Down
27. Pale Honey Pale Honey
28. Richard Thompson Still
29. Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
30. New Order Music Complete
31. Twilight Sad Òran Mór Session
32. Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men Too
33. Winter Villains Once There Were Sparks, Now There Are Ashes
34. Joanna Newsom Divers
35. My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
36. Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves
37. Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night
38. Viet Cong Viet Cong
39. Soak Before We Forgot How To Dream
40. Villagers Darling Arithmetic
41. Beach House Depression Cherry
42. Adele 25
43. Waterboys Modern Blues
44. Neil Young & the Promise Of The Real The Monsanto Years
45. Yo La Tengo Stuff Like That There
46. Ryan Adams 1989
47. Grimes Art Angels
48. Killing Joke Pylon
49. Cee-Lo Green Heart Blanche
50. LA Priest Inji

Lest we forget
2014 Lisa Gerrard Twilight Kingdom
2013 Dead Flowers Midnight At The Wheel Club
2012 Grimes Genesis
2011 PJ Harvey Let England Shake
2010 DeLorean Subiza
2009 Broken Records Until The Earth Begins To Part
2008 Cave Singers Invitation Songs
2007 Burial Untrue
2006 Camera Obscura Let’s Get Out Of This Country

17 Seconds Top 50 albums of the year

Lisa Gerrard

1. Lisa Gerrard Twilight Kingdom
2. St. Vincent St. Vincent
3. Last Battle Lay Your Burden Down
4. Withered Hand New Gods
5. Mogwai Rave Tapes
6. We Were Promised Jetpacks Unravelling
7. Aphex Twin Syro
8. Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
9. Scott Walker & Sunn o))) Soused
10.Liars MESS
11.Swans To Be Kind
12.Broken Records Weights and Pulleys
13.Stanley Odd A Thing Brand New
14.Marianne Faithful Give My Love To London
15.FKA Twigs LP1
16.Future Island Singles
17.Beck Morning Phase
18.Sharon van Etten Are We There
19.Flying Lotus You’re Dead!
20. Marissa Nadler July
21. Morrissey World Peace Is None Of Your Business
22. War On Drugs Lost In The Dream
23. Damon Albarn Everyday Robots
24. Leonard Cohen Popular Problems
25. New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
26. Jack White Lazaretto
27. Manic Street Preachers Futurology
28. James La Petit Mort
29. Sia 1000 Forms Of Fear
30. Angel Haze Dirty Gold
31. East India Youth Total Strife Forever
32. Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
33. Bruce Springsteen High Hopes
34. Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics
35. Kate Tempest Everybody Down
36. Lizzo Lizzobangers
37. Jonnie Common Trapped In Amber
38. Emily Scott Stray Light
39. Warpaint Warpaint
40. Wild Beasts Present Tense
41. Gruff Rhys American Interior
42. Bwani Junction Tongue of Bombi
43. Vashti Bunyan Heartleap
44. Trwbador Several Wolves
45. Pharrell Williams G I R L
46. Young Fathers DEAD
47. New Street Adventure No Hard Feelings
48. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Wigout at Jagbags
49. Pixies Indie Cindy
50. Echo & the Bunnymen Meteorites

Lest we forget
2013 Dead Flowers Midnight At The Wheel Club
2012 Grimes Genesis
2011 PJ Harvey Let England Shake
2010 DeLorean Subiza
2009 Broken Records Until The Earth Begins To Part
2008 Cave Singers Invitation Songs
2007 Burial Untrue
2006 Camera Obscura Let’s Get Out Of This Country

17 Seconds Top 50 albums of the year 2013

Dead Flowers

1. Dead Flowers Midnight At The Wheel Club
2. Arcade Fire Reflektor
3. Arctic Monkeys AM
4. Janelle Monae Electric Lady
5. Savages Silence Yourself
6. Laura Mvula Sing To The Moon
7. Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe
8. New Model Army Between Dog And Wolf
9. Steve Mason Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time
10. Paul Haig Kube
11. Mogwai Les Revenants
12. eagleowl This Silent Year
13. Sleepmakeswaves And So We Destroyed Everything
14. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
15. Luke Haines Rock’n’Roll Animals
16. Foals Holy Fire
17. National Trouble Will Find Me
18. Haim Days Are Gone
19. David Bowie The Next Day
20. Fall Remit
21. Fuck Buttons Slow Focus
22. John Grant Pale Green Ghosts
23. Richard Thompson Electric
24. Pictish Trail Secret Soundz Vol. 2
25. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
26. Pastels Slow Summits
27. Low The Invisible Way
28. Daft Punk Random Access Memories
29. Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
30. By The Rivers By The Rivers
31. Midas Fall Wilderness
32. Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle
33. Phildel Disappearance Of The Girl
34. Galleries No Miracles
35. Edwyn Collins Understated
36. Yo La Tengo Fade
37. M.I.A. Matangi
38. Prefab Sprout Crimson/Red
39. Sparrow and the Workshop Murderopolis
40. Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts Right Words Right Actions
41. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Live From KCRW
42. Mark Lanegan Imitations
43. Anna Calvi One Breath
44. Boards Of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
45. RM Hubbert Breaks and Bone
46. Zoo Zero Zoo Zero
47. Glasser Interiors
48. Those Darlins Blur The Line
49. Camera Obscura Desire Lines
50. Stephen Kellogg Blunderstone Rookery

I tore my hair out over this list, I nearly decided to chicken out and then I disciplined myself to sit down and do it. I’ve heard over 300 albums this year and there may be albums I have overlooked or I’ll look at this list in a year and go what??? But for now this is it.

And yes, some people will accuse me of various things, but I think there’s a lot of Scottish stuff in there, a lot of stuff that was commercially big and some albums that were very small releases. It’s certainly not just white boys with guitars…

17 Seconds Top 50 Albums of 2012


1. Grimes ‘Visions.’
2. Bill Fay ‘Life Is People.’
3. Frank Ocean ‘Channel Orange.’
4. Trapped Mice ‘Winter Sun.’
5. Viv Albertine ‘Vermilion Border.’
6. Bobby Womack ‘The Bravest Man In The Universe.’
7. Death Grips ‘The Money Store.’
8. Jack White ‘Blunderbuss.’
9. Steve Adey ‘The Tower Of Silence.’
10. Meursault ‘Something For The Weakened.’
11. Sonic Youth ‘Smart Bar Chicago 1985.’
12. Gallops ‘Yours Sincerely, Dr. Hardcore.’
13. Twilight Sad ‘No One Can Ever Know.’
14. Django Django ‘Django Django.’
15. Cat Power ‘Sun.’
16. Spiritualized ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light.’
17. Public Image Ltd. ‘This Is PIL.’
18. Jesus H. Foxx ‘Endless Knocking.’
19. Dead Can Dance ‘Anastasis.’
20. Snide Rhythms ‘Snide Rhythms.’
21. First Aid Kit ‘The Lion’s Roar.’
22. De La Soul’s ‘Plug 1 & 2 First Serve.’
23. RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost and Found.’
24. Mark Lanegan Band ‘Blues Funeral.’
25. Liars ‘WIXIW.’
26. Cancel The Astronauts ‘Animal Love Match.’
27. Antony and the Johnsons ‘Cut The World.’
28. Cornershop ‘Urban Turban.’
29. Flying Lotus ‘Until The Quiet Comes.’
30. Scott Walker ‘Bish Bosch.’
31. Darren Hayman and the Long Parliament ‘The Violence.’
32. Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.’
33. Leg ‘An Eagle To Saturn.’
34. Metz ‘Metz.’
35. Grinderman ‘Grinderman 2 RMX.’
36. Mogwai ‘A Wrenched Virile Lore.’
37. Piano Magic ‘Life Hasn’t Finished With Me Yet.’
38. Stumbleine ‘Spiderwebbed.’
39. Soap&Skin ‘Narrow.’
40. Very Best ‘MTMTMK.’
41. Laura J Martin ‘The Hangman’s Tree.’
42. Chris Devotion and the Expectations ‘Amalgamation and Capital’
43. Paul Buchanan ‘Mid Air.’
44. We Are the Physics ‘Your Friend, The Atom.’
45. Princess Chelsea ‘Lil Golden Book.’
46. The Sea & Cake ‘Runner.’
47. Easter ‘Innocence Man.’
48. Divorce ‘Divorce.’
49. Dirty Projectors ‘Swing Lo Magallan.’
50. Yusuf Azak ‘Go Native.’

This year I have heard an unbelievable amount of music. The Grimes album stood out for me, and was clear to me quite early on that it was probably going to be my album of the year, but while for the first time ever my track and album of the year are by the same artist, there’s much less overlap with the tracks of the year.

At times I have toyed with the idea of not doing a list -trying to rank the albums of the year when you have heard over 400 of them is not easy! – but this is what the list looks like. The Top Ten were definitely the strongest (er, obviously) but there’s probably not so much of a gap between no.11 and no.50.

Due to the fact that despite they are free but not meant to be rehosted (???) enjoy these, messily laid out though they doubtless appear to be…

Jesus H. Foxx -‘So Much Water.’ mp3

The Leg -‘Beat Yourself Silly.’ mp3

Cat Power -‘Ruin.’ mp3

Mogwai -‘George Square Thatcher Death Party (Justin K Broadrick remix).’ mp3

Metz -‘Headache.’ mp3

17 Seconds Top 50 albums of the year


1. Delorean Subiza
2. Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
3. Broken Records Let Me Come Home
4. Mogwai Special Moves
5. Kid Canaveral Shouting At Wildlife
6. Scottish Enlightenment St. Thomas
7. These New Puritans Hidden
8. Meursault All Creatures Will Make Merry
9. For A Minor Reflection Höldum í átt að óreiðu
10. Aberfeldy Somewhere To Jump From
11. Cold In Berlin Give Me Walls
12. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
13. Cee-Lo Green The Ladykiller
14. Neil Young Le Noise
15. d_r_radio Parts
16. Mitchell Museum The Peters Port Memorial Service
17. Yazoo Reconnected Live
18. The Fall Your Future, Our Clutter
19. Bruce Springsteen The Promise
20. Edwyn Collins Losing Sleep
21. MIA /\/\ /\ Y /\
22. The Drums The Drums
23. Panico Kick
24. iLikeTrains He Who Saw The Deep
25. Foals Total Life Forever
26. Elf Power Elf Power
27. Konono N°1 Assume Crash Position
28. The Savings & Loan Today I Need Light
29. John Legend & The Roots Wake Up!
30. Phantom Band The Wants
31. Yusuf Azak Turn On The Long Wire
32. Unwinding Hours The Unwinding Hours
33. Cold Seeds Cold Seeds
34. Seafieldroad There Are No Maps For This Part Of the City
35. Inspector Tapehead Duress Code
36. The Burns Unit Side Show
37. Antony & the Johnsons Swanlights
38. Felt Tips Living and Growing
39. Emma Pollock The Law Of Large Numbers
40. Vaselines Sex With An X
41. Futureheads The Chaos
42. Sparrow and the Workshop Crystals Fall
43. Charlotte Gainsbourg RM
44. Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
45. How To Swim Retina (or More Fun Than A Vat Of Love)
46. Super Adventure Club Avoid Zombies
47. Stanley Odd Oddio
48. Zephyrs Fool Of Regrets
49. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today
50. Twin Shadow Forget

More commentary from me later on, and some mp3s, but digest this for now…