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.