A good year for albums but the top 3 for me were:
3rd: J Mascis – Several Shades of Why. Who would have thought that after years of rifferama at the head of the mighty Dinasaur Jnr, J would turn up with this beautifully crafted album of mostly acoustic songs.
Here’s J performing the title track
2nd: PJ Harvey – Let England Shake. The incomparable and consistently brilliant Polly Jean Harvey returned this year with a haunting take on what it means to be English and England’s place in the world. Rightly the winner of the Mercury.
Here’s the mesmeric PJ performing the title track on Jools
1st: My Morning Jacket – Circuital. Jim James and the gang from Louisville return with a great warm hearted slice of American rock. Very annoyed that I missed them live this year.
Here they are performing one of my favs on the album ‘Outta My System’