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.
2 Jon Derosa - A Wolf In Preacher’s clothing
If you ever loved Echo And The Bunnymen’s quieter side you will love this. Think driving bass lines, deep Sinatra-esque vocals topped off by swooping strings. It reminds me a lot of the classic What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? album one of the most using records of the last 20 years. Highlights include the quirky pop opener Birds of Brooklyn and The National-esque Snow Coffin