25. Serengeti- Kenny Dennis III
You need to get in on the exploits of 50 something, O’Doul’s drinking, Shaq battling Chicago rapper Kenny Dennis now.
24. Alt-J This Is All Yours
No sophomore slump here.
23. Robyn Hitchcock- The Man Upstairs
Brilliant mainly acoustic album from longtime songwriting master.
22. Daman Albarn- Every Day Robots
Albarn’s mournful low key songs were a great listen.
21. Thou- Heathen
Lifted metal out of the abyss.
20. Drive By Truckers- English Oceans
The DBT’s are always a good idea.
19. Protomartyr- LP1
Post punk scorcher.
18. Hard Working Americans- Self Titled
Todd Snider and his alt rock super group nailed many songs about the trials of life in today’s America.
17. Spoon- They Want My Soul
Not sure they ever got that soul, because there is plenty of it in these sharp witty songs.
16. Tokyo Police Club- Forcefield
Somewhat under rated band’s album had some real sauce.
15. Jessie Ware- Tough Love
British soul singer’s sophomore album had some great moments.
14. Lydia Loveless- Somewhere Else
The sound of the greatness that country music could and should be. Take notice Nashville.
13. Weird Al Yankovic- Mandatory Fun
Fun is exactly what was had on this rollicking, funny and sharply written dose of parodies on what is hopefully not Al’s swan song.
12. Athletics- Who You Are Is Not Enough
Captivating round of guitar driven shuffling indie rock epics.
11. Flying Lotus- You’re Dead!
An intense and wildly entertaining electro jazz freak out!
10. Röyksopp- The Inevitable End
The Norwegians are turning in their cards and retiring and have gone out on a big high note.
9. Seahaven- Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
Strong batch of tunes from this up and coming indie band.
8. OFF!- Wasted Years
Nothing like straight in your face punk from a band that does it right.
7. Sharon Von Etten- Are We There?
Another heart dredging wallow in the decline of love.
6. St. Vincent- Self titled
Off the wall guitar wizardry and off bet tunes were straight winners from maestro Annie Clark.
5. Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Simpson turns country music on its ear by actually recording true real country music and the best song is a cover version of a new wave hit.
4. Dum Dum Girls- Too True
Using 80’s shine and goth attitude to churn out shimmery ear candy.
3. U2- Songs Of Innocence
The boys took a good bit of kickback from forcing their album into your lives, but hey sometimes a free gift is actually worth it like this great breezy album.
2. The War On Drugs- Lost In A Dream
Beautiful and epic album of dazzling atmospheric guitar rockers and ballads that never dip in quality.
1. Future Islands- Singles
The band would not be denied in this break out year. Hope you caught them live.