It’s the penultimate day of our top fifty countdown and there’s an appearance for the highest rated Irish album, a surprisingly dramatic fall for the record that topped our mid-year poll and one of the music industry’s old stagers making a superb return to form.
Join us tomorrow for the top ten.
20. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Replica will attract fans from all sides of music, the doom drone folk will feel at home with it on their shelves to that of Sun Araw, Emeralds or even Vangelis.
19. Tieranniesaur – Tieranniesaur
“The truth is that Tieranniesaur have turned out to be everything we hoped they would be. As the hip-hop roll call of ‘Remember My Name’ tumbles to a gloriously chaotic end, we once again have to marvel how one small group of like-minded souls has continued to produce such stunning music. God bless the fucking lot of them.” Review
18. Active Child – You Are All I See
“The work of one artist trying to find a fit, or at least enjoying a variation of approaches.” Review
17. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
“Like their previous efforts, the songwriting unravels with time to become unexpectedly deep. Unlike the core duo’s previous outings, this one’s delivery is jarringly haphazard and increasingly multi-faceted. It’s been a few weeks, and we’re still not sure if certain songs are pick me ups or seriously unnerving. In fact, it seems to depend on our mood, and that’s the true beauty.” Review
16. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!
“A consistent and persistent use of bass, repetitive and hypnotic grooves, New York disco, funk and nostalgic dance music.” Review
15. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
“At 61, he’s more like himself than he ever was.”Review
14. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
“Far from a bombastic barrage of club tracks, SBTRKT is a gentle, warm and eclectic album. It’s very much in the vein of releases from the Young Turks label like Creep, Jamie xx and John Talabot – singular-sounding electronica which draws on specific influences to create something fresh. SBTRKT has created his own superb mask-fuelled identity from a wide of array of disparate subgenre sources.” Album stream
13. tUnE-yArDs – whokill
“If you don’t mind a bit of a sonic adventure, you just better follow along.” Review
12. Friendly Fires – Pala
“Pala is the sound of a band that are channeling their inner Wham and Duran Duran while also taking cues from Boards Of Canada, chillwave and ravetastic synths. Ed McFarlane’s dancing may have looked a bit silly the first time around but he’s now got the escapist pop songs to back it up.” Review
11. St Vincent – Strange Mercy
“The result is a dense record where the tensions between opposites create their own space, where Clark is left free to ruminate upon musical and lyrical contradictions and she does so, much more alluringly and consistently than before.” Review