Part 2 of this year’s run down of my favourite albums of the year…I need to get my skates on to get this finished…but I have plans for next year…more later

Number 15 – Soul Radics – Big ShotSoul Radics Big Shot

Released via Jump Up / Grover

This is a great album of poptastic Ska – strangely I picked this up via the American label rather than Germany’s Grover…although, to be fair, they are an American band. Still, both labels have an excellent reputation for releasing great Ska albums and this is no let down. I stumbled across them of You Tube and their video for One Time – which gives you a good steer as to the sort of music they make.

Download Soul Radics – Big Shot

 

 

 

Number 14 – The Waterboys – Modern BluesThe Waterboys - Modern Blues

Released via Harlequin and Clown

It’s always a bit of a worry when I enjoy an album that I know my father will enjoy (and he did!). Another charting album – there are a few in my Top 20 this year…which is also a worry…this one peaked at 14 in the UK following its release in January – I came across it via their video for November Tale, which you can listen to here:

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Number 13 – New Model Army – Between Wine and BloodBetween Wine and Blood - New Model Army

Release via Attack Attack Records

I have a feeling this was a fan club only type release – a triple live album with accompanying DVD all for the bargain price of £12.99 – number 1 for VFM…you really can’t go wrong – you can still get it here – http://goo.gl/O7QyLb, but it is a limited edition so will sell out in the future. Here’s No Mirror, No Shadow from the DVD:

 

 

 

Number 12 – Sleater Kinney – No Cities to LoveSleater Kinney - No Cities to Love

Released via Sub Pop

Fabulous album that made me go our and buy the previous 7 studio albums! No word of a lie…quite how I had avoided listening to them before I have no idea. This was their first album in 10 years…try the title track out here:

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Number 11 – Squeeze – Cradle to the GraveSqueeze - Cradle to the Grave

Released via Virgin Love Records

Another chart appearance (this time topping out at Number 12) and feeding my pop tastes very well…typical Squeeze fair, but an improvement (to my mind) over the previous couple of albums. Here’s “Happy Days” from the album for your enjoyment.

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More to come!

See Numbers 20 – 16 here

See last years chart here

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I'm an amateur photographer who enjoys music. I'm a member of the Bishops Stortford Camera club and have embarked on my 2nd 365 journey - I completed my first one back in 2012.

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