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.
11 Quiet Loner - Greedy Magicians
Matt Hill has been making music for a few years now in various guises but in Greedy Magicians he has just put together his best album yet. It is a serious, folky album heavy on politics - but that’s Ok with us. We Will Not Forget is a great list songs that namechecks many key events in British history from Peterloo to Hillsborough and throws in a few music heroes too. Meanwhile the eery The Ghost Of Oswald Mosley has the old British Fascist discovering that the East End of London isn’t quite how he remembered it.