16. Tegan & Sara - The Sainthood
I bought this album on a complete whim and ended up loving it. The Canadian sisters deliver thirteen short pop songs featuring catchy vocals, hooks, and riffs. A very easy album to get into, and one that will leave the songs stuck in your head for days.
Favourites: Alligator, Hell, Northshore
17. Atlas Sound - Logos
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter is a scientist of music. Just read or watch any of his interviews and you will notice that he loves to talk about music, loves to experiment with music, and wants to excel at what he does. This album contains some great new ideas and new sounds, but the highlights are the guest collaborations. Noah Lennox a.k.a. Panda Bear of Animal Collective lends his vocals on the track Walkabout. Laetitia Sadier provides vocals on the track Quick Canal, an eight and a half minute long song that still doesn’t seem long enough. A great album form one of the great minds in music.
Favourites: Walkabout, Quick Canal, Shelia
18. K’naan - Troubadour
This album was highlighted earlier this year. It is a powerful mix of rap, hip-hop, rock, and brutally honest lyrics. While the headlines of the news may not be filled with headlines about Somalia, K’naan paints a clear picture about what is going on in his country. While the message is powerful, so is the medium. The album has something for everyone, everything from songs that get airplay on the radio to songs that would make any radio listener feel uncomfortable.
Favourites: T.I.A., Somalia, Dreamer
19. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns
Natasha Khan delivers a beautiful album that shows why she is one of the most talented female vocalists currently making music. Songs such as Glass show off the great range of her vocals. The album also features Daniel, one of the best songs of the year.
Favourites: Daniel, Glass, Moon And Moon
20. Apostle of Hustle - Eats Darkness
The album sleeve of this album somewhere states that the album is for Apostle of Hustle fans. After many listens, this makes perfect sense. Perhaps the least accessible of their three albums, this album contains the sounds of the band making the music they want to make, taking chances and experimenting. Something that a fan of the band understands, but may throw a first time listener for a loop.The album is filled with multiple samples of speaking parts with strange music which are entertaining, but can distract from the album. It is still a fun album, but requires patience and understanding.
Favourites: Blackberry, Soul Unwind