Music Editor PATRICK CAMPBELL takes you through his top 10 albums (and one EP) of the year.
This was not easy, but in the end I think I have managed to bring it down to a list I am happy with. Let us know if you agree!
#9. Tough love – Jessie Ware
Ware returned this year with another album full of love songs. Less dark however, this album is full of bright and beautiful tracks, some of which could cross over into the pop charts.
#8. Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey
Del Rey changed her sound and style this year, and put out an album that pulled influence from psych rock rather than hip hop. The result is a brilliant release that was on spin all winter, and will be played throughout summer as well.
#7. Beacons – Chelsea Jade
One of my favourite people, Chelsea Jade put out another amazing EP this year. The development of her as an artist has shocked me; her talents have been taken to new heights with this body of work and I am so excited to hear more from her next year.
#6. No Mythologies To Follow – MØ
Danish artist MØ has been putting out music for a while now, and her first full length LP did not disappoint. Full of firey pop tunes with her comnplex vocal layering and arrangements, the album made waves across the globe.
#5. Blue Planet Eyes – The Preatures
Hailing from Australia, The Preatures are a throwback to classic rock'n'roll. Their debut album is amazing, and I can not stop listening to it. This band is next level and I can’t wait for them to make their NZ debut!
#4. The Golden Echo - Kimbra
Kooky pop star Kimbra released her second album this year, and it was met with critical acclaim, even if it did suffer in the charts slightly. Full of experimental musical styles and a host of talented guest musicians, The Golden Echo is an incredible piece of art.
#3. LP 1 – FKA Twigs
Twigs was the undisputed queen of the alternative music world this year. Captivating everyone with her videos, live performances and art, she was always in the headlines of Pitchfork and other blogs. Her full length LP is full of brooding and seductive tracks, topped by her ethereal vocals. With collaborator BOOTS hinting at an impending EP 3 release, I am already excited for what Twigs will do this year.
#2. 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift finally admitted she is a pop artist this year and I am so thankful. That is all…
#1. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Annie Clark is a goddess; she is everything - and this album is too. Weirdly insane, completely understandable, emotionally raw yet robotic, the alt rocker was launched her onto the world stage with her fourth LP.