10. Mystery Jets- Radlands
Radlands saw a dramatic change in direction for Mystery Jets. Instead of simpler indie pop songs , they made Americana music better than any American band has done in a long time.
9. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Yes, she epically failed on SNL but that doesn’t take away from an album that is a solid debut effort. You either love her or you hate her, but you gotta admit she’s a great storyteller. There is a reason why Video Games went viral.
8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
It’s weird and psychedelic and it kinda makes you feel like you have taken a hit of acid, but thats what makes Tame Impala’s 2nd album great. It’s one of those records you put on and take a journey while listening to it.
7. The xx – Coexist
Coexist proved that the xx could be as sleek and sexy as they were on their debut, but still sound different.
6. The Cribs- In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull is just simple rock n roll. Its just something to rock out to. Its not complicated and thats what makes it so great.
5. The Vaccines- Come Of Age
The Vaccines have come of age. The album shows growth and maturity for a band that his be under the microscope since they started.
4. Howler- America Give Up
Howler really should have gotten more attention. America Give Up was a great debut. It had raw energy that couldn’t be matched.
3. Jessie Ware- Devotion
Jessie Ware could sing the phone book and probably still make it sound beautiful. But Ware’s debut isn’t just good for her vocals. The songs are simple and timeless.
2. The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Beautiful. Thats the only way to describe Given To The Wild. The songs wove together so perfectly. It was atmospheric and ethereal and was a breath of fresh air.
1. Spector – Enjoy It While It Lasts
I honestly just couldn’t put this record down. It’s indie pop at its finest. It’s cheeky without being off putting and has big hooks that will be in your head for days.
Honorable Mentions : Graham Coxon, Metric, Bats For Lashes, Django Django