Alex Bailey (Rough Trade East)
1. Tyler Childers - Purgatory & Live on Red Barn Radio I and II
It's a bit of a cheat admittedly because Purgatory actually came out at the end of last year but it has still been my most played album of the year by a country mile (pardon the pun). I only stopped listening to it when the Live at Red Barn LP came out so I could play that instead. It was the perfect companion to it. Together I think I've played these two records more than the rest of my top ten put together. Equally as uplifting as it is moving, Tyler Childers has made me laugh and cry and dance repeatedly all throughout 2018 and it would be a crime to not put it (them?) as joint number 1. If you only do one more thing this year, pour yourself a bourbon and listen to these fantastic records.
2. Caroline Rose - Loner
Reincarnate me as Caroline Rose.
3. BC Camplight - Deportation Blues
He gets better every time! BC has also managed to write the best love song of the year. About his dog. Seeing him play the piano with a bottle of wine earlier this year was a live show highlight for 2018.
4. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Never really got into any Kacey Musgraves before this album but this one has really got me. There's a Golden Hour shaped dent on my record player this year. Perfect morning album.
5. Goat Girl - Goat Girl
Perfect mix of aggression, storytelling ability, and musical prowess. I had been waiting in anticipation for this album ever since I heard Scum back in 2016. And it didn't disappoint...
6. IDLES - Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Admittedly when I first heard it, it didn't quite click as much as their debut, but after seeing them perform it in the shop I was blown away. Samaritans has (for me) become one of the hardest hitting songs of the year and the album as a whole solidifies their success to be thoroughly well earned.
7. James Hunter Six - Whatever It Takes
My favourite Daptone release for ages. From the first drum beat I was hooked and haven't looked back since. It didn't even annoy me that William played it in the shop, three times a day, every day for the first 4 months of it being released.
8. Stella Donnelly - Thrush Metal
This one has been a grower. I kind of managed to ignore it for a while but its become a firm favourite as the year has gone on. If this was a list of my top tracks of the year Boys Will Be Boys would certainly be in the top two or three.
9. Jr Thomas & The Volcanoes - Rockstone
The perfect summer album. (I think? It came out in October so haven't really managed to test it out yet). If ever I'm feeling down it brings me right up again. Admittedly quite expensive but worth every penny.
10. John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness
The in-store was so enjoyable it would be weird not to have this in my top ten. I also can't remember the last time everyone in the shop agreed on an album.