So we reach the business end of this year’s album poll, as voted for by the State writers and photographers. This next selection features a total of six debuts, proving that new talent is still the lifeblood of the music world. In addition there’s the return of an elder statesman and a sparkling release from a pair of Irish siblings.
20. Passion Pit – Gossamer
Michael Angelakos digs deep.
19. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble
Summery dance vibes meets pop nous.
18. The 2 Bears – Be Strong
Hot Chip side project bring the party.
17. Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
The sound of young Iceland.
16. Kendrick Lamar (pictured) – good kid, m.a.a.d city
This year’s hip-hop hotshot makes his entrance.
15. Angel Olsen – Half Way Home
Beautiful debut from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy protege.
14. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
An ambitious record from the cover onwards.
13. Heathers – Kingdom
Our Irish album of the year.
12. Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
Stylish, elegant return from The Blue Nile frontman.
11. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Do believe the hype.