50. Norah Jones // Little Broken Hearts
It seems Jones has made a sneaky transition from dinner party backdrop to David Lynch soundtrack.
Daily Telegraph// This is adult music and right now, Jones is the queen of the genre. Evening Standard //A brand-rejigging songwriting collab with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton that both picks up her pace and pumps up her palette. Rolling Stone
49. Vidar Vang // Sidewalk Silhuettes
Hvis du ikke syns dette er behagelig pop/rock, er jeg redd du har problemer som må løses med alt annet enn musikk. Puls (είμαι σίγουρη πως κάτι καλό θα λέει).
48. Leonard Cohen // Old Ideas
The album is all warmth, putting Cohen’s improbably expressive smoker’s purr in the middle of simple yet sumptuous instrumentation. A.V. Club // In some ways Old Ideas is the most musically considered Leonard Cohen album yet, and perhaps the first that sounds like the kind of thing you’d expect from an old master of the 1960s and 70s. The Quietus // It’s a delight. Some old guys just never lose it. The Irish Times
47. Mount Eerie // Clear Moon
An undulant echo-folk tour of the Pacific Northwest in heavy fog: Breathtaking. Spin // Inscrutable and transfixing, plainspoken and unknowable, it feels like a collection of secrets Elverum has cupped in his palm to pour directly, and privately, into your ear alone. Pitchfork
46. Jack White // Blunderbuss
Blunderbuss, so effortless and confident, is a breakthrough for the tightly wound White. It radiates a sense of newfound liberation. Blunderbuss is outstanding, White’s finest and most consistent work to date. Pretty Much Amazing // White’s talent is no secret, but here he demonstrates an ambition that makes the White Stripes’ work look positively cloistered by comparison. Rave Magazine // Blunderbuss gets stranger and more fascinating the closer you listen. Rolling Stone
45. Gonjasufi // MU.ZZ.LE.
Notably shorter than its predecessor, ‘MU.ZZ.LE’ is just as rich and arresting, cataloguing Sumach’s echoes, mumbles and stumbles through an album of lethargic trip hop and uneasy paranoia. Clash // His darkest and most oppressive work to date. BBC
44. Young Prisms // In Between
So while they're still shoegazing, there's a bigger emphasis on catchiness and clarity; there's an easy comparison to be made between In Between and the music of Mazzy Star. Pitchfork // As long as Young Prisms’ world continues to be so sweet, it doesn’t matter where they take us. Consequence of Sound
43. DIIV// Oshin
Songs that take their own precious time to get where they’re going, and do so with the precision of a military operation. Drums and guitars smothered with reverb, vocals distorted to mesmerise and hypnotise. NME // Oshin isn't just a gorgeous and unusually melodic dream-pop record; it's an interesting experiment in whether a band based on voice/guitar/bass/drums can rely on the guitar to carry the song's meaning. Pitchfork
42. Alt J // An Awesome Wave
Like many felt when The xx released their eponymous LP, it seemed too complete and rounded to ever be a debut. Alt-J are similarly composed. Young, yet somehow void of naivety. Vibrant, yet artistically matured. Clash // These are just the band’s initial ideas, you feel, and they really are quite stunning. Loud and Quiet
41. Cloud Nothings // Attack on Memory
Cloud Nothings have inadvertently continued a formula of making albums for youngsters to dance to. Only this time round, they’re also showcasing genuine desire and emotion. DIY // Sometimes something wonderful comes along that won’t force you to estimate how “important” it will sound at year’s end. Attack on Memory is one of those wonderful things. Paste Magazine