It’s actually been a pretty good year for one man and his guitar type troubadours with stunning albums from Richard Hawley, Paul Weller and the young pretender Jake Bugg. Monday also sees the release of Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch, which is likely to be as brilliant as it is, well, bonkers.
There are a few that you may have missed, especially from British songwriters, so here are twelve great albums ranging from the quirky 60s pop of Suzi Chunk through to the return of cult legends Bob Lind and Bill Fay.
The number one album is astonishing and IMO by some distance the album of the year.
Do you agree with the choices? What have we missed? Check out the Spotify playlist below. If you want the top den debut albums of 2012 go here and for a round up of the year’s best music polls check out this brilliant blog.
4 Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t
The Gothenburg pop genius’ last album Nightfalls in Kortedala was so perfect in its Jonathan Richman meets Scott Walker shtick that Jens was always going to struggle to deliver anything quite as magical. I Know What Love Isn’t might not be his best, it is arguably the weakest of his quartet of albums, but Jens hasn't lost the art of penning perfect pop songs. Become Someone Elses, The World Moves On and I Want A Pair of Cowboy Boots are all very fine tunes.