Honourable mentions: Album of the Year

While a lot of good albums came out this year, not all of them were up to the level of others and some I just hadn’t done enough listening to definitively add to the list. So here are my honourable mentions for good albums this year.


Deap Vally – Sistrionix

This L.A. female duo released a solid debut this year emulating both the Black Keys and White Stripes with their own style and female toned lyrics. While releasing an impressive debut it was fairly derivative of their biggest adversaries (above) and didn’t stand out as much. Check out “Lies” “End Of The World” and “Gonna Make My Own Money” to get a taste.


Palma Violets – 180

British band Palma violets isn’t just a retro-revival group they mix punk vocals, some bassy vocals, a wash of organs and through a lot of distortion and reverb to make it something even more. Check out “Best of Friends”, “Tom the Drum” “Step Up For The Cool Cats” and “Last Of The Summer Wine”.


Lorde – Pure Heroine

While I burnt out a little on “Royals” (Gotye Syndrome), when I finally listened to the whole album, I found some great gems. Songs like “400 Lux” and “Tennis Court” have a great minimalist yet powerful feel, while “Team” proves she can pop out hits easily.


Savages – Silence Yourself

British all-female punk band Savages has enough uniqueness on that couple words alone, add in their incredible abilities on their instruments and singer Jehnny Beth’s intense singing makes them a truly unique monster. For a good teaser to the band try “Shut Up” “She Will” “City’s Full” and “Husbands”.


Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe

Scottish synthpop band Chvrches released a great debut this year but the whole album couldn’t match the pace of it’s singles and at times felt a little boring even it’s depth. “The Mother We Share” “Gun” “Tether” and “Lies” give you an idea.


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