Third part of my review of the year, my favourite ten albums of the past year.
10. The Winter Of Mixed Drinks - Frightened Rabbit
A more commercial offering from Frightened Rabbit. It's no 'Midnight Organ Fight' but then what could be. That's what happens when you set the bar so high.
9. Your Future, Our Clutter - The Fall
I haven't listened to a Fall album in years. I'm glad I did this year.
8. Existence - Detroit Social Club
Detroit Social Club's début album seems to tick every box for every musical style that it can but somehow comes out sounding pretty fine.
7. Renegades - Feeder
The album spawned from their Renegades side project, marking a welcome return to their noisier earlier days.
6. Romance Is Boring - Los Campesinos!
The sound of Los Campesinos! maturing slightly whilst still telling meandering tales of Gareths's multiple relationship failures and sexual disappointments.
5. Nobody's Coming To Save You - The Sunshine Underground
Welcome back to the Sunshine Underground. Another band who had the impossible task of trying to surpass a near perfect album. They gave it a decent shot.
4. Interpol - Interpol
Like Feeder, Interpol go backwards to go forwards. It's no 'Turn On The Bright Lights' but it's in the same moody sort of vein.
3. Ex Maniac - Babybird
Whatever happened to Stephen Jones. Well actually he's never been away and now his new record is Johnny Depp's album of the year, but he would say that, he played guitar on it. It's dark and depressing whilst at the same time oddly amusing and uplifting. Quite brilliant actually. Surprise of the year.
2. Expo 86 - Wolf Parade
I'd only just got into Wolf Parade's first two albums when they bring out 'Expo 86' which it could be argued is the best thing they've ever done.
1. High Violet - The National
Here's one band who have managed to achieve the same sort of heights as their previous works. As good, maybe, as both 'Boxer' and 'Alligator'. Simply Brilliant.