There have been many great albums that I have listened to and have brought much joy to my eager ears. But these are the 5 that stood out above the rest in my humble opinion.
(In alphabetical order)
Besides being one of the biggest surprises live on stage this year for me, their album just blew me away with the energy, synthesizers and a feeling that could only come from a beautiful day on the beach.
Recommended Track - Stay Close
With his infectious beats and smart, quick witted lyrics James Murphy gives us an album that we could just push play on and let it ride. My favorite live act this year.
Recommended Track - All I Want
Besides having some of the best cover art, this indie pop band from Wales puts together an album filled with xylophones, horns and da da da's that just keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Recommended Track - In Medias Res
There's always one every year. That one album you just don't know about but continue to listen to. Eventually it grows on you and you can't get enough of it. That was Contra for me this year. From the kitschy tunes about rice drinks in winter months to the more heartfelt songs closing out the album. This album has a little bit for everyone, making it a staple in my collection.
Recommended Track - White Sky
Songs from this album always made their way onto a mix. Their CD went into my car and hasn't come out since. It's simple, from the day it was released, I just could not get enough.
Recommended Track - Stranded