So here we are, the final five in our poll of the albums of the first half of the year. It sums up the nature of the list perfectly – musically mixed and taking into two veterans producing some of the best work of their career, a genre busting debut and a band defying the odds to getting better with every release. The runaway winner, however, is a young lady from Canada. Will she still be there at the end of the year? You’ll need to wait six months to find out.
5. Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
“An accomplished collection of beautiful, honest songs.” Review
Read Johnnie Craig’s interview with Paul Buchanan here.
4. Django Django – Django Django
The return of the return of British art-rock could scarcely be in safer, more inventive hands than those of this London-via-Edinburgh quartet. Their self-titled debut is a thrilling mix of ultra-hip psychedelia, unconventional beats, eccentric harmonies and a dazzling array of clashing genres running practically simultaneously – yet, it still manages to be coherent and moreishly accessible. Unmissable. (Johnnie Craig)
3. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
“Hot Chip have made a statement – they’ve put down roots and are here to stay.” Review
2. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
“Thank heavens that we have someone like him to articulate our anger, channel our frustration and voice our hope.” Review
Read Elaine Buckley on Bruce Springsteen here.
1. Grimes – Visions
“The first album of the year to be truly interesting at every turn.” Review
Read our interview with Grimes here.