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Father John Misty

Father John Misty: our writers do rather like a slut-droppin’ preacher-man

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1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

What we said:

“Josh Tillman has slowly turned into one of the most talented songwriters of our age.”

John Murphy

2. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

What we said:

“This record plays like a triumphant middle finger salute, coolly showing everyone how its done… and writing the first line on a thousand ‘album of the year’ lists before January’s even out.”

Helen Clarke

3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

What we said:

“An introspective, deeply thoughtful album but it deftly avoids self-indulgence. It feels like a healing process, not just for its creator, but for its audience too.”

Daniel Paton

4. Joanna Newsom – Divers

What we said:

“Newsom’s greatest strength is her ability to transport her listeners into a unique sonic world that only she is capable of creating.”

Chris White

5. Björk – Vulnicura

What we said:

“This is an album in which to find solace, healing, empathy and understanding. Björk is a great artist – but she’s also a human being.”

Daniel Paton

6. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

What we said:

“Despite expectation of the album putting pressure on the band to deliver, they have done so tenfold. It’s as good a debut as you could hope to hear, a fresh injection of pure brilliance and beauty to a genre that is creaking under the weight of mediocrity and a lack of adventurous inventiveness.”

Graeme Marsh

7. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

What we said:

“This may well be Holter’s most accessible album to date, but it’s this very approachability that renders it all the more intriguing, drawing you in with open arms. Stately and serene, it’s a wilderness that begs to be inhabited for some time, a country you’ll be reluctant to leave.”

Rob Mesure

8. Blur – The Magic Whip

What we said:

“That the band neither rushed into recording significant new material, nor spent too much time on recording once they reached that place, was wise. The Magic Whip succeeds splendidly in coming across as a comeback album that hasn’t been overthought, flashing a nonchalant dare to any prospective Oasis reunion project.”

Alex Jeffery

9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion

What we said:

“While it might be preferable to discuss ’80s-inflected pop as canny as this without mentioning the indomitable Taylor Swift, 1989 is the elephant in the room here, and it’s wearing legwarmers. But Emotion succeeds on its own terms, arguably remaining truer to the spirit of the era, not to mention Jepsen’s stated aim of taking the time to craft an album rather than rushing to cash in on a YouTube sensation.”

Rob Mesure

10. Low – Ones And Sixes

What we said:

“That they are still here, making consistently excellent albums 20 years into their career, is a major triumph.”

Daniel Paton

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11. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

12. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

13. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs

14. Lubomyr Melnyk – Rivers And Streams

15. The Charlatans – Modern Nature

16. Everything Everything – Get To Heaven

17. Gaz Coombes – Matador

18. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too

19. Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now

20. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa

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21. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

22. Jamie xx – In Colour

23. Tame Impala – Currents

24. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

25. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

26. The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth

27. Grimes – Art Angel

28. East India Youth – Culture Of Volume

29. New Order – Music Complete

30. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Just Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

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31. Sexwitch – Sexwitch

32. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

33. Roots Manuva – Bleeds

34. The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It

35. Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv

36. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style

37. Foals – What Went Down

38. Holly Herndon – Platform

39. Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin

40. The Spook School – Try To Be Hopeful

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41. Beach House – Depression Cherry

42. The Shoes – Chemicals

43. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

44. Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m goin’ down

45. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Night Of Your Ascension

46. Atari Teenage Riot – Reset

47. Eska – Eska

48. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

49. Nadine Shah – Fast Food

50. Laura Marling – Short Movie

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These people are responsible for voting things into this list, so take it up with them:

Alan Ashton-Smith, Andy Baber, Bekki Bemrose, Helen Clarke, Neil Dowden, Ben Hogwood, Michael Hubbard, Steven Johnson, Tim Lee, Graeme Marsh, Rob Mesure, Christopher Monk, John Murphy, Daniel Paton, Max Raymond, Sam Shepherd, Chris White

 


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