Nigel's Albums of the Year 2019
1. The Delines - The Imperial
As good as Colfax, maybe even better; and at their Oxford show they did a song for me so it has to be my favourite of the year.
2. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
I was lucky enough to see their amazing show in NY; to my ears DM is easily the best producer around.
3. Craig Finn - I Need a New War
I have always loved the Hold Steady but when Craig played outside West and then inside at E I was reminded why.
4. Jenny Lewis - On The Line
Rilo Kiley, Rabbit Fur Coat, Voyager - I love it all.
5. Neal Francis - Changes
On the great Colemine label this sounds like a modern day Lowell George.
6. The Leisure Society - Arrivals and Departures
10 years from their first album (and that was an RT AOTY) - this is their best since then.
7. Richard Hawley - Further
Another of my favourite shows this year - his voice, those guitars.
8. James Yorkston - The Route To Harmonium
He has used a raft of unusual instruments and has paired them with his great lyrics and beautiful voice.
9. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
This sounds like the album they should have made for XL not Sony: much looser and less uptight. The songs with Haim are perfect pop.
10. Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
Bobbie Gentry's masterpiece covered by Hope Sandoval, Phoebe Bridgers, Margo Price, Lucinda Williams; it made me dig out the original again.