I like to feel melancholic sometimes when listening to music, and former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones album was an absolute beauty in that regard. Just when I thought the year was finishing on a quiet note, I managed to listen to the new Eleanor Friedberger solo release, the North Mississippi Allstars rip roaring blues and one of my favourite songwriters, Brendan Benson and his new album.
This was also the year of comebacks, with Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Deer Tick hitting it strong. All in all, a good year, and hopefully more of the same next year.
And if I had to go for a top three? Probably Vampire Weekend at one, Phosphorescent at two and Matthew E White at three.
Muchacho – Phosphorescent
Big Inner – Matthew E White
AM – Arctic Monkeys
Personal Record – Eleanor Friedberger
Negativity – Deer Tick
Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
World Boogie Is Coming – North Mississippi Allstars
XCII – Mikal Cronin
Brendan Benson – You Were Right
A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart – Bill Ryder-Jones