Albums of the Year

As of 2015, I have done away with my previous scoring system – ?/10 – in order to make more well-rounded cases for each album, rather than attempting to reduce their merits and flaws to a basic mark out of ten. As an added benefit, this also gives the requisite end-of-year announcements a teensy bit more suspense.

As a handy reference point, here are links to my previous end-of-year lists, with rejigged rundowns of my Top 10 Albums for each year. In some cases, the changes have been drastic. (Or they would seem so if these lists were in any way controversial.)

Albums of 2016

The Year of ★

blackstar

1 – (David Bowie)
2 – Skeleton Tree (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)
3 – Teens of Denial (Car Seat Headrest)
4 – Blonde (Frank Ocean)
5 – My Woman (Angel Olsen)
6 – A Seat at the Table (Solange)
7 – 22, A Million (Bon Iver)
8 – Puberty 2 (Mitski)
9 – Lemonade (Beyoncé)
10 – A Moon Shaped Pool (Radiohead)

Read more:

Albums of 2015

The Year of the Good Times

1 Divers

1 – Divers (Joanna Newsom)
2 – Carrie & Lowell (Sufjan Stevens)
3 – In Colour (Jamie xx)
4 – To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar)
5 – I Love You, Honeybear (Father John Misty)
6 – No Cities to Love (Sleater-Kinney)
7 – Have You in My Wilderness (Julia Holter)
8 – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Courtney Barnett)
9 – Natalie Prass (Natalie Prass)
10 – Multi-Love (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

Read more:

Albums of 2014

The Year of the Green Man

1 Lost in the Dream

1 – Lost in the Dream (The War on Drugs)
2 – Run the Jewels 2 (Run the Jewels)
3– Benji (Sun Kil Moon)
4– LP1 (FKA twigs)
5– St. Vincent (St. Vincent)
6– Are We There (Sharon Van Etten)
7– Nikki Nack (tUnE-yArDs)
8– Present Tense (Wild Beasts)
9– Alvvays (Alvvays)
10 – More Than Any Other Day (Ought)

Read more:

Albums of 2013

The Year of the Eagle

1 Once I Was An Eagle

1 – Once I Was An Eagle (Laura Marling)
2 – … Like Clockwork (Queens of the Stone Age)
3 – Immunity (Jon Hopkins)
4 – Modern Vampires of the City (Vampire Weekend)
5 – Trouble Will Find Me (The National)
6 – Field of Reeds (These New Puritans)
7 – Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Kurt Vile)
8 – Silence Yourself (Savages)
9 – Yeezus (Kanye West)
10 – Settle (Disclosure)

Read more:

Albums of 2012

The Year of the Joyous Takeover

Hot Chip - In Our Heads

1 – In Our Heads (Hot Chip)
2 – The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Fiona Apple)
3 – Visions (Grimes)
4 – Lonerism (Tame Impala)
5 – An Awesome Wave (alt-J)
6 – Bloom (Beach House)
7 – The Haunted Man (Bat for Lashes)
8 – Oshin (DIIV)
9 – Blunderbuss (Jack White)
10 – Sun (Cat Power)

Read more:

Albums of 2011

The Year of the Lake District Beasts

Wild Beasts

1 – Smother (Wild Beasts)
2 – Let England Shake (PJ Harvey)
3 – Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes)
4 – Strange Mercy (St. Vincent)
5 – WHOKILL (tUnE-yArDs)
6 – A Creature I Don’t Know (Laura Marling)
7 – Bon Iver (Bon Iver)
8 – Suck it and See (Arctic Monkeys)
9 – Skying (The Horrors)
10 – Space is Only Noise (Nicolas Jaar)

Read more:

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: