A few of these will come as no surprise....at all. With a baby in the mix and just being overall busy, I found myself less "explorative" than in previous years, but I loved this batch of music as much as any other year.
Also, there is one "exception" in this list. There is ONE collection of music that isn't a full album, but I couldn't leave it out as it was one of my very faves of the year.
To qualify this list, it had to be a collection of music I found myself going back to. Something that became a significant part of my year. Some I listened to off and on throughout the year. Some I listened for a period then never went back, but it was a significant contribution those weeks or months. Anyway, here we go.....
FRANK TURNER - 'TAPE DECK HEART'
Highlights: Recovery, Tell Tale Signs & Four Simple Words
WALK OFF THE EARTH - R.E.V.O.
Highlights: REVO, Gang Of Rhythm, Shake & Sometimes
THE WILD FEATHERS - SELF TITLED
Highlights: Backwoods Company, The Ceiling, Got It All Wrong & Left My Woman
FAREWELL MILWAUKEE - CAN'T PLEASE YOU, CAN'T PLEASE ME
Highlights: Let Me Sleep Tonight, Can't Please You, Can't Please Me & True Love Don't Leave Scars
MATT HIRES - THIS WORLD WON'T LAST FOREVER, BUT TONIGHT WE CAN PRETEND
Highlights: Forever, The Sound Of Falling In Love, Restless Heart & Signal In The Sky
LORDE - PURE HEROINE
Highlights: Royals, Team, Buzzcut Season & Ribs
ONE REPUBLIC - NATIVE
Highlights: Counting Stars, Feel Again, Light It Up & What You Wanted
DELTA RAE - CHASING TWISTERS (EP)
Highlights: Chasing Twisters, Run & I Will Never Die
PEARL JAM - LIGHTNING BOLT
Highlights: Pendulum, Infallible, Mind Your Manners & Future Days