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OK - I'll say it.

The new album from the Who is a belter.

Way, way, way better than anyone had a right to expect from a couple of guys who should have been dead before they got old.

Edited by Barney Rubble

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I had a look through my Spotify top 100 songs to see what albums made most of it up. The top two are definitely my favourites and the rest all had at least two or three belters.

Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles
The Black Keys - Let’s Rock
Bon Iver - i, i
Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
Dinosaur Pile Up - Celebrity Mansions
Fontaines DC - Dogrel
Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie
Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balance
Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs
Julia Jacklin - Crushing
FIDLAR - Almost Free
Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream
Foals- Part 1 and 2
Chris Shiflett - Hard Lessons
Jade Bird - Self titled

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On 04/12/2019 at 19:51, yoda said:

Also, I'd like to amend any previous shouts for my favourite song of the year. It's an absolute dead heat between Sharon Van Etten's Seventeen and Lana Del Rey's Mariners Apartment Complex.

I'd like to offer a further amendment, having just stumbled across this one it's definitely in my top 5 songs of 2019. Antipodea, you've done it again!


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My top ten for this year -

1. This Is How You Smile - Helado Negro
2. Nothing Great About Britain - Slowthai
3. Claude Fontaine - Claude Fontaine
4. Omoiyari - Kishi Bashi
5. Pang! - Gruff Rhys
6. Home - The Money War
7. Malibu Ken - Aesop Rock and Tobacco
8. Outer Peace - Toro y Moi
9. Oncle Jazz - Men I Trust
10. Grey Area - Lil Simz

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(Joint) Album of the year (decided I couldn't split them in the end):
Pom Poko
Stella Donnelly

Some others I liked, in no especial order:
Ezra Furman
Anna Meredith
Jackie Cohen
Black Midi
(Sandy) Alex G
Tiny Ruins
Pip Blom

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Top 10 - No particular order

Purple Mountains

Jay Som

Stella Donnelly

Foals 1 and 2


Cass McCombs

Jade Bird



Black Pumas




Papa Roach

Lewis Capaldi

Blink 182

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Never really kept a handle on an actual list, but albums I really enjoyed were...

The Amazons - Future Dust
Badflower - OK, I'm Sick
Betty Who - Betty
Cigarettes After Sex - Cry
Declan Welsh and the Decadent West - Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold
Devin Townsend - Empath
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1
Maps - Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.
Mating Ritual - Hot Content
The National - I Am Easy to Find
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream
Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding
Prince Daddy and the Hyena - Cosmic Thrill Seekers
Puppy - The Goat
Sigrid - Sucker Punch
Tiny Moving Parts - Breathe

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A couple of slight changes to my final list:

1. Hello Exile - The Menzingers

2. Kick - Dave Hause 

3. Routine Maintenance - Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties

4. Surviving - Jimmy Eat World

5. Live at Ringkirche Wiesbaden - Nathan Gray

6. A Pill For Loneliness - City and Colour

7. III - Bad Books

8. Coward of Us All - Wrest

9. Gun Shy - Matthew Mayfield

10. I Love You. It's a Fever Dream - The Tallest Man on Earth


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Just catching up on thsi thread..surpsied theres been no mention of the Michael Kiwanuka album. Its phenomenal..mix of isaac hayes 70s soul, laurel canyon-esque folk, Hedrix/Eddie Hazell guitar...an album I've listened straight through over and over which is saying something these days.

For those of your Scottish indie, based up in Fort William, 'Paper Machine Music' album 'Glimpse' is ace..touches of Radiohead, experimental, Sonic Youth, and good earnest tunes..definitely worth a listen.. came in at no.14 in the Scottish albums of the year on Jockrock..ok maybe not that much of accolade but really is worth checking out..

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1. Misþyrming - Algleymi
2. Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
3. Rotting Christ - The Heretic
4. Renounced - Beauty is a Destructive Angel
5. Nervus - Tough Crowd
6. Devin Townsend - Empath
7. Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
8. Tool - Fear Innoculum
9. Rammstein - Rammstein
10. Cattle Decapitation - Death Atlas
11. Killswitch Engage - Atonement
12. Soilwork - Verkligheten
13. Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
14. Employed to Serve - Eternal Forward Motion
15. Possessed - Revelations Of Oblivion
16. Venom Prison - Samsara
17. Puppy - The GOAT
18. Korn - The Nothing
19. Baroness Gold & Grey
20. Saor - Forgotten Paths

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