Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Lyrically the album of the year, its strengths were in its vivid depiction of East Glasgow life, and the honesty of which lead singer James Allen let you see into his own soul.
The utter highlight was It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry, a stunning work where James Allan is the jealous, adulterous, paranoid, womanizing, hypocritical villain approaching his comeuppance.
Superb Christmas EP too, which suggests this class act have much further to travel yet. Exciting times.
Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor
Still sounding fresh and unique 12 months later, here Hot Chip took the mania of breakthrough track Over and Over and had the confidence to strip back, slow down the tempo, and add extra groove.
The album was overstocked with balladry for personal tastes, but this utterly creative, utterly danceable track was sheer joy to the ears.