The second instalment of the albums that have most impressed our writers old and new over the ten years since State was launched. Join us tomorrow for the top ten…
25. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015)
Grief and loss have never sounded so beautiful.
24. Jamie xx – In Colour (2015)
The quietest of the three quiet ones comes into his own.
23. Messiah J and the Expert – From the Word Go (2008)
Those looking for the roots of the Irish hip-hop resurgence should go no further.
22. Katie Kim – Salt (2016)
Mood music from the Waterford native.
21. The xx – xx (2009)
Minimalist electro RnB stops us in our tracks.
20. Hozier – Hozier (2014)
Global domination starts with a State premiere.
19. The Gloaming – 2 (2016)
Proof that no. 16 was no fluke.
18. Radiohead – King Of Limbs (2011)
That most innovative of bands shift shape yet again.
17. David Holmes – The Holy Pictures (2008)
A deeply emotional and personal offering from the Belfast producer.
16. The Gloaming – The Gloaming (2014)
Choice Prize winning debut is a thing of rare beauty and poise.
15. Lankum – Between The Earth And The Sky (2017)
Dublin four piece take what’s gone before on a strange and dark journey.
14. Portishead – Third (2008)
Eleven years in the making, the Bristolians paint it black.
13. Lisa Hannigan – See Saw (2008)
Emerging as an artist in her own right, a new solo star is born.
12. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
The earliest album on our list, a debut that still sounds as fresh ten years later.
11. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (2011)
Polly Jean continues her mission to confront and confuse.