Thursday, December 08, 2016

2016’s best albums

2016 has been a very strange year for all kinds of reasons but amidst all the doom and gloom there's at least been some positive creative forces at work, so here's my list of the top 10 albums of the year. I've provided a selection of tracks from each of the albums, so please have a listen/watch and let me have your comments and contributions.

1. Bon Iver - 22. A Million

2.  David Bowie - Blackstar

3. James - Girl At The End Of The World

4.  Richard Ashcroft - These People

5. Angel Olsen - My Woman

6. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

7. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

8. Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come To Expect

9. Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree

10.  Wild Beasts - Boy King

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The 15 Best Albums of 2015

It's that time of the year again, so here's my list of the top 15 albums of 2015. I've provided a selection of tracks from each of the albums, so please have a listen/watch and let me have your comments and contributions.

1. New Order - Music Complete

2.  Paul Weller - Saturn's Pattern

3. The Charlatans - Modern Nature 

4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

5. Black Rivers - The Forest

6. The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Wonderful World

7. Guy Garvey - Courting the Squall

8. Foals - What Went Down

9. Everything, Everything - Get to Heaven

10. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

11. Joanna Newsom - Divers

12. Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows

13. Laura Marling - Short Movie

14.Django Django - Born Under Saturn

15. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Top Ten Albums of 2014

Here's my list of the top ten albums of 2014. I've provided a selection of tracks from each of the albums, so please have a listen/watch and let me have your comments and contributions.

1. Elbow - New York Morning from the Take Off and Landing of Everything.

2. The War on Drugs - Under Pressure from the album Lost in the Dream

3. James - Moving On from the album La Petite Mort

4. Beck - Blue Moon from the album Morning Phase

5. Wild Beasts - Wanderlust from the album Present Tense

6. Damon Albarn - Heavy Seas of Love from the album Everyday Robots

7. Cherry Ghost - Clear Skies Ever Closer from the album Herd Runners

8. Sharon Van Etten - Taking Chances from the Album Are We There

9. Future Islands - Seasons Change (Waiting on You) from the album Singles

10. Gruff Rhys - American Interior from the album American Interior

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Top Ten Albums of 2013

Here's the almost famous Open Neck Shirt top ten albums of 2013. My favourite album of the year is 'AM' by the Arctic Monkeys. I know it's maybe an obvious choice but I think it stands above everything else that's been produced this year. Having said that the other nine are well worth a listen too.

As always, please let me have your comments and contributions.

1. Arctic Monkeys - AM

2. Prefab Sprout - Crimson Red

3. Midlake - Antiphon

4. Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon

5. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

6. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

7. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle

8. The Villagers - Awayland

9. Foals - Holy Fire

10. Noah and the Whale - Heart of Nowhere

Monday, October 07, 2013

Prefab Sprout's new album Crimson/Red

The Best Jewell Thief In The World 

This is a great track from the Prefab Sprout's first record of new material for over a decade which is released today.

Subjects tackled on the album include Bob Dylan on "Mysterious", songwriting on "The Best Jewel Thief In The World" and, on "The Songs Of Danny Galway", a 1991 meeting between McAloon and Jimmy Webb.

After listening to the album a couple of times I can thoroughly recommend it.

The full tracklisting for Crimson/Red is:

The Best Jewel Thief In The World
The List Of Impossible Things
Grief Built The Taj Mahal
Devil Came A Calling
The Dreamer
The Songs Of Danny Galway
The Old Magician

The album can be streamed or downloaded from all the usual outlets.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Top Ten Albums of 2012

Here's some tracks and videos from my top ten albums of 2012. My favourite album of the year is 'Standing at the Sky's Edge by Richard Hawley, but the other nine ain't bad either.

All feedback appreciated and please let me know me know your top tens.

1. Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge

2. Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks 

3. Cat Power - Sun

4. Beach House - Bloom

5. Rumer - Boys Don't Cry

6. Alt J - An Awesome Wave

7. Saint Etienne - Words and Music

8. The XX - Coexist

9. Django Django - Django Django

10. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

Friday, April 20, 2012

Richard Hawley - Leave Your Body Behind You

This is a great new single by Richard Hawley from his forthcoming album 'Standing at the Sky's Edge' out on May 7th. If this track is anything to go by the album is going to be a scorcher. If you want to pre-order the album go to: