I will try to make this slightly shorter post than last years list.
I am going to keep this list to albums I have physically purchased and not to albums that I have streamed on Spotify. If I don't like it enough to buy it, then I don't think it should be on the list.
10 I Fight Dragons - The Near Future
The only album here that so far is only released on vinyl or download. I ordered this through kickstarter about 18 months ago. Though they sent me throught the MP3s a couple weeks ago, the vinyl only turned up this week. And the green marble vinyl is stunning.
I've followed this band since before they were signed, they are a shining example of how a band can use the internet to connect with fans.
Please watch this afterwards. 1 Song, 18 versions, 7.5 songwriters.
Version 11 - Chicago is on the album....
The first entry with my name in the album credits.
9 Damien Rice - My favourite faded Fantasy
Not a massive Damien Rice fan to be honest. Mostly I know his songs from other people's cover versions, but I heard he was back after so thought I'd listened to this album on Spotify and promptly ordered it.
Beautifully, stripped back. Stunning.
8 Steven Rothery - The Ghost of Pripyat
Growing up in the '80s in Cornwall, we were kind of lacking decent bands coming down to play. I saw Marillion play at the Cornwall Colesseum several times. I always loved Steve Rothery's playing and guitar tone.
Marillion, were one of my favourite bands of the '80s and '90s.
Saying that, the last couple of Marillion albums have left me cold, not enough Steve Rothery being Steve Rothery and not enough blistering, Mark Kelly, synth parts for my liking. Far too safe and middle of the road.
So essentially I have been waiting 30 years for this solo album.
There is some wonderful playing on this. Great on headphones. Everything I wanted from a Steve Rothery solo album.
The second entry with my name in the CD credits.
7 Stiff Little Fingers - No Going Back
Stiff Little Fingers have been one of my favourite bands since my brother David brought home "Suspect Device" back in the late '70s.
I have bought Inflamable Material more times than I care to mention. So I was happy to Pledge towards the new album.
It doesn't disappoint. (other than I liked the acoustic version of "My Dark Places" Jake did as part of the Pledge videos. I was surprised when it was rocked up).
A real return to form. Shame I missed them on the tour.
6 Iamthemorning - Belighted
A school friend sent me a link to one of their songs a couple of years ago. I was blown away by the debut album.
So another kickstarter campaign, to get to record the second album in England with Marcel van Limbeek and featuring Gavin Harrison on drums.
Classical russian prog rock. A truely beautiful album. Hopefully, my physical copy will make it through Russian customs at some point. They have stopped shipping them, until mid January due to how bad the russian postal service is!
More later in part 2