Album of the Year; the opinions

With the end of 2015 on the nearing horizon, Album of the Year lists are popping up left right and centre. We thought it’d be nice to get a wider opinion on what’s been the year’s best release, so we asked some friends…

Dan Buckingham (@DanBuckingham_) – TCOV Contributor

10. Best Coast – California Nights
9. Turbowolf – Two Hands
8. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
7. Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
6. Refused – Freedom
5. Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
4. Halsey – Badlands
3. No Devotion – Permanence
2. Sam Russo –  Greyhound Dreams
1. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

“Every once in a while you hear a band that stops you in your tracks. This is that band. The heart on sleeve lyrics and brain invading melodies are just a few of the reasons that this record that has given me strength during a tough few weeks. I feel like I owe frontman James Alex are personal thank you for saving my life.

Honourable mentions to Tellison, Brawlers and Fidlar.”

James Hunt (@jameshunt211293)- TCOV Contributor

10. Superheaven – Ours Is Chrome
9. Don Broco – Automatic
8. Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
7. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom
6. The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven
5. Being As An Ocean – Being As An Ocean
4. Seaway – Colour Blind
3. Foals – What Went Down
2. Neck Deep -Life’s Not Out To Get You
1. Turnover – Peripheral Vision

“I am a massive fan of Turnover’s Peripheral Vision record. Eleven connecting tracks which are some of the catchiest I’ve heard all year.”

Cameron Law (@Deadend_Friend) – TCOV Contributor

10. Chon – Grow
9. The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven
8. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
7. Great Cynics – I Feel Weird
6. Rolo Tomassi – Grievances
5. Tellison – Hope Fading Nightly
4. Ducking Punches – Fizzy Brain
3. Turnstile – Non Stop Feeling
2. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Blossom
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“Every so often an album comes around which defines an era in a genre, and To Pimp a Butterfly will certainly be remembered as a defining album for mid 2010s hip hop. This highly ambitious 79 minute record features a range of producers giving it highly varied and fascinating instrumentation, with g-funk to avante-garde jazz and everything in between having a clear influence on the albums sound. These influences being so prevalent in a mainstream hip hop record would not too long ago be inconceivable but this is a real game changer for the genre. Adding to the slick instrumentation a powerful concept album which sees Kendrick combine spoken word, spitting angry verses and smooth soulful clean vocals to paint a highly complex and moving story of what it means to be a proud angry African American in the latter years of Obama’s America. This album feels like a long journey, full of twists & turns and even after two dozen or so listens to it since its release in March I’m still realising new subtle sounds and lyrical metaphors on this record. To Pimp A Butterfly is a genre redefining masterpiece and is not only my album of the year, but one of the greatest hip hop albums ever made, even if you’re not normally a fan of hip hop I highly recommend you listen to this record.”

Kieran Moore (@Sheer_Music) – Sheer Music Head Honco

“In  no particular order…” – what a menace!

Tellison – Hope Fading Nightly
Axis Of – The Mid Brae Inn
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find The People That Feel Like Us
Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People
Brawlers – Romantic Errors Of Our Youth
Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
Sharron Kraus – Friends and Enemies, Lovers and Strangers
Spectres – Dying
Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
1. B-Sydes – Constant Fiction

“Great record, great guy, great performer, great artwork, a near faultless record. Really put himself in and amongst his peers!

Special mention to Birdskulls, Nai Harvest, And So I Watch You From Afar, Woahnows and Dave McPherson”

B-Sydes (@BSydes) – Singer/Songwriter

11. B-Sydes – Constant Fictions

“Fine. Look, I’ll admit I’ve been more than a little cheeky here and added an 11th in the interest of PURE SELF PROMOTION but if I don’t plug my album who will?” EDITOR – Sheer Music, by the looks of things!

10. Allison Weiss – New Love
9. Vennart – The Demon Joke
8. Sam Russo – Greyhound Dreams
7. Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People
6. Great Cynics – I Feel Weird
5. Brawlers – Romantic Errors Of Our Youth
4. Tellison – Hope Fading Nightly
3. Ducking Punches – Fizzy Brain
2. Gaz Brookfield – True and Fast
1. The St Pierre Snake Invasion – A Hundred Years A Day

“It’s fairly important to state that the number ranking for this top 10 (well, 11) is, essentially, meaningless. Any of these albums could have been number one, as all of these records are as great as each other. ‘A Hundred Years A Day’ just happened to have the good fortune to be the last one to reach my ears, and is currently on infinite repeat.

The St Pierre Snake Invasion are a post-punk whirlwind from Bristol. This week the singer, Damien Sayell, launched an online petition calling for David Cameron to shoot him out of a cannon and into the sun, because he felt he would have a more relaxed existence if he were to “inhabit our nearest star”. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Andrew ‘Falco’ Falkous, of Future of the Left fame, is a fan of this band and he hasn’t enjoyed anything since 1985. So if it’s good enough for him, it sure as hell is good enough for you. Be sure to check out their aural onslaught of a long-player right now. And all the rest, of course.”

Jordan Whatley (@JordanWhatley) – Local Musician

10. Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
9. The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn
8. Public Image ltd – What The World Needs Now…
7. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
6. Laura Marling – Short Movie
5. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Grimes – Art Angels
3. Chemical Brothers – Born In Echoes
2. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
1. Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybeart

“This album is amazing. Father John Misty captures a satirical love album with amazing lyrics and a fantastic range of songs, ranging from powerful rock numbers to slow acoustic ballads. If you haven’t heard it already, I suggest you check it out now!”

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