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2019 End of Year Review.


It’s not been the greatest year for big pop tunes in my opinion but there’s still been a lot that I’ve loved, with a strong showing in indie-pop and electronica. Here’s my top picks from 2019:


Norman Fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey
Remember The Future – Ionnalee
Handfuls of Night – Penguin Cafe
First Contact – US
Fine Line – Harry Styles
Sacred Dreams – Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation
Caligula – Lingua Ignota
Silver Eater – Grace Lightman
Five V2 – White Lies
Cry – Cigarettes After Sex
The Center Won’t Hold – Sleater-Kinney


People – The 1975
DHL – Frank Ocean
Divided Cities – Mark Fernyhough
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Resentment – Kesha
The One – Marika Hackman
Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson / Miley Cyrus
Paradise – She Drew The Gun
Ice Tea Liberace – Phebe Starr
My Name Is Dark – Grimes

2018 End of Year Review.


This year has been a blast musically and it was tough to narrow it down, but here’s my favourites from 2018:


A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – The 1975
Continuing to teeter wonderfully on the precipice between meme, pretension and credibility this is a great mix of solid pop and genre mixing electronica.

Berlin Archives – Mark Fernyhough
This limited release collection is a fantastic introduction to what Mark has been up to over the last few years and an appetite whetting tease for his debut-proper to come soon.

Chris – Christine and The Queens
Gorgeous, sensual sophistipop with enough grit to save it from blandness.

Dancing Queen – Cher
It should be terrible, I guess it sort of is, but it’s also completely irresistible.

Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae
Prince meets Robyn meets M.I.A meets (literally) Brian Wilson – chic, hooky and funky.

Hunter – Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi has a voice you can dissolve into and this record uses it to great advantage on swooning moody ballads and retro tinged rock.

Hymn – Sarah Brightman
A return to form after a couple of less exciting releases this is and a near perfect and suitably eclectic capsule of what Sarah does best.

Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John – Juliana Hatfield 
I never knew how much I needed this in my life until I had it.

Negative Capability – Marianne Faithfull
Another soulful and moving record that evokes the same kind of mournful ache as Leonard Cohen or late-career Johnny Cash.

The Blue Hour – suede
A more than worthy follow up to Night Thoughts, suede scrape around in the scrub of rural England and somehow come out with an epic and occasionally gothic masterpiece.

Bedtime – Toothpaste
Black Car – Beach House
Creep City – Jake Shears
Hot Pink – Let’s Eat Grandma
I Need You – Paris Hilton
Mariners Apartment Complex – Lana Del Rey
Negative Space – Hookworms
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
The Light (IYEARA Remix) – LUMP
Voyager – US

2017 End of the year review


There’s been a lot of great stuff out this year so I’m going to do both an albums and a singles/tracks list. 


White Lies – Friends: Electro retro crooner pop with soul and squidgy bits.
Highlight Track: Is My Love Enough?

Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life: Lana doing what Lana does best, with a little help from her friends.
Highlight Track: Beautiful People Beautiful Problems

Rationale – Rationale: Soul, pop, funk – much awaited debut and One To Watch.
Highlight Track: Phenomenal

Lorde – Melodrama: Smart, sexy sophistopop from the reigning queen of mainstream indie.
Highlight Track: The Louvre

Cigarettes after sex – Cigarettes after sex: Melodic, melancholic, occasionally joyful but always intimately beautiful.
Highlight Track: Apocalypse

Blondie – Pollinator: Punchy, punk-pop that proves Debbie still does it better.
Highlight Track: Long Time

Beck – Colours: Funky, optimistic, electronic – Beck at his poppiest. 
Highlight Track: Fix Me

Alison Moyet – Reassuring Pinches: Another gorgeous (and criminally overlooked) release taking the blueprint from The Minutes down slightly darker paths.
Highlight Track: Reassuring Pinches

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie: Exactly the kind of collection of romantic harmonies, hooky choruses and Americanna love stories you would hope for from this collaboration.
Highlight Track: Red Sun

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful: Return to form reunion album that fuses the best bits of late era Killers and Brandon solo into a dustland pop-rock banger.
Highlight Track: The Man


Black Honey – Cadillac
HMLTD – Satan, Luella & I
Marika Hackman – Boyfriend
Sinkane – Telephone
Cloves – California Numb
Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
ionnalee – NOT HUMAN
Mark Fernyhough – Steal My Love
Arca – Desafio
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
Us – Till the Dying of the Light
Pumarosa – Dragonfly
Penguin Cafe – Cantorum
Grandaddy – Way We Won’t
Joe Goddard – Human Heart
Toothpaste – TV Years
Kesha – Old Flames (can’t hold a candle to you)
Morrissey – Jacky’s Only HappyWhen She’s Up On Stage
Veda Rays – False Coloured Eyes

Albums of the year.


Prepare your rotten tomatoes of disagreement…

  1. Night Thoughts – suede 
  2. I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it – The 1975

  3. Joanne – Lady Gaga

  4. The Electronique Void – Adrian Younge 
  5. Come All Sufferers – Gabriel Bruce 
  6. Blackstar – David Bowie 
  7. I, Gemini – Let’s Eat Grandma 
  8. Heavy Entertainment Show – Robbie Williams

  9. These Systems Are Failing – Moby  
  10. The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West 
  11. SVIIB – School Of Seven Bells 
  12. Blonde – Frank Ocean 
  13. Starboy – The Weeknd 
  14. Super – The Pet Shop Boys 
  15. You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen 
  16. The Childhood Of A Leader – Scott Walker 
  17. Songs For Our Mothers – Fat White Family 
  18. Treasure House – Cat’s Eyes 
  19. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson 
  20. 99 cents – Santigold