This is the first of a short series of special blogs summing up my year. Firstly I give you the music that moved me this year.
This is my top 10:-
10. Ten New Messages - The Rakes
This, their second album, was panned when it came out so it took me ages to get around to buying it but when I finally did, I loved it. Ok it's very light and very safe but I like it, so there.
9. Shotters Nation - Babyshambles
More drugged up ramblings from Mr Doherty, probably more art than music but still very good.
8. Our Earthly Pleasures - Maximo Park
Another second album, clearly not as good as their debut and at first I dismissed it but having seen them live it took on a whole new life.
7. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
Another band on their second album, this was received to critical acclaim and rightly so.
6. A Weekend In The City - Bloc Party
Yep, yet another band on their 'difficult' second album. It's also sometimes a difficult record to listen to but this one stands up as an album in its own right whereas 'Silent Alarm' was more of a collection of tracks. Where, direction wise, they go next though, I'm not sure.
5. Narcissus Road - The Hours
I love a good lyric and this is lyrically great. Musically it's not bad either. 'I love you more than my adidas trainers'. Absolutely.
4. Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever - The Cribs
No one likes the Cribs. I don't think most people even know they exist but they keep getting better and this, their third album, is just brilliant.
3. An End Has A Start - Editors
This, like The Rakes, is another album that no one liked, saying it was far too miserable for its own good. Well I like miserable but I actually find this quite uplifting, in a down sort of way. Brilliant, in my opinion.
2. Boys And Girls In America - The Hold Steady
This actually came out in late 2006 but NME have it in their best of this year, so I thought I would too. A discovery on Jools and it's actually one L bought but it's brilliant from beginning to end. Another LP with great lyrics. They're also superb live.
1. Because Of The Times - Kings Of Leon
If the Editors are classed as too miserable then what does that make The Kings Of Leon? Now they really are a miserable bunch, even more so because they keep coming to Nottingham and playing the miserable Arena. This brilliantly moody album sums them up totally. My best of the year.