Albums of 2012
So, my top 10 albums of 2012. It's quite a mix and I think reflects the range of music I have been playing at events across the country this year as well as what has been on in the car on many a long journey.
Debut album from the Edinburgh based band was released this year.
Top Track - Monster In Me
9. The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown
First became aware of The Staves when The Deadly Winters opened for them in Edinburgh back in April. First time I'd seen the whole of The Deadly Winters sit through a headline bands set. Praise indeed!
Top Track - The Motherlode
8. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Shoot Music first alerted me to Alt-J with several mixes of Tessellate. Watched the hype build over the year towards the Mercury Award.
Top Track - Tessellate
7. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
The Russ Chimes Mix of Starry Eyed from Bright Lights is a fixture on my playlists. Was keen to hear new album Halcyon and delighted when it dropped into the inbox.
Top Track - Hanging On
6. Deacon Blue - The Hipsters
Described by many a review as a return to form. Fair point.
Top Track - That's What We Can Do
5. Calvin Harris - 18 Months
Simply chock-a-block with hits and many appeared on playlists for Rat Race events and at Hampden and Murrayfield as team entrance music.
Top Track - Let's Go
4. Twin Atlantic - Free
Great anthemic music that sounded great at Hampden, to the extent the band even Tweeted about being played.
Top Track - Free
3. Iain Morrison - To The Horizon, Sir
Iain Morrison consistently delivers great albums. No change here.
Top Track - Homeward
2. Alan R Davison - The White Eagle Lounge
Debut album from Edinburgh based singer/songwriter that features contributions from over 30 musicians including Snow Patrol's Nathan and Tom and Rick McMurray from Ash.
Top Track - John The Burglar
1. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal
First heard them on the Tom Morton Show on Radio Scotland and was delighted when the album dropped into my inbox courtesy of Shoot Music.
Top Track - Dirty Paws