Posted on Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 16:15
As we wave goodbye to 2023 and look forward to 2024 and all the great shows on offer, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you our favourite albums of the year!
There were so many incredible releases this year, but we've chosen 20 of our favourites to let you know about across 4 parts, here are the second set of five!
Slow Pulp - Yard
For fans of: Alvvays, Soccer Mommy, Horse Jumper of Love
Released: 29th September
What the critics say: "The Chicago band motors through big emotions with clear-eyed sincerity, bubblegum hooks, and mellow arrangements that feel like a warm embrace." - Pitchfork
Stand out track: Slugs
Slow Pulp are touring the UK in June, including dates in Nottingham and Cardiff, don't miss it! TICKETS HERE.
James Blunt - Who We Used To Be
For fans of: James Morrison, Passenger, Keane
Released: 27th October
What the critics say: "This is one of Blunt’s best albums to date and serves as a tantalising glimpse into the singer/songwriter’s growth and maturity as an artist, it is one that will be kept on my playlist for a long time." - Clash
Stand out track: Beside You
See James Blunt on an arena tour of the UK this April. TICKETS HERE.
Black Honey - A Fistful Of Peaches
For fans of: The Big Moon, Dream Wife, Sundara Karma
Released: 17th March
What the critics say: "On ‘A Fistful of Peaches’ Black Honey have doubled down on what’s worked for them to date, while offering a glimpse at potential future directions." - DIY
Stand out track: Tombstone
Black Honey play live at Bristol's Trinity Centre in February, and tickets are selling fast. GET YOURS HERE.
Spanish Love Songs - No Joy
For fans of: Hot Mulligan, Dan Campbell, Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
Released: 25th August
What the critics say: “U.S. punk quintet Spanish Love Songs seek out positivity amid darkness on their most accessible album yet." - Kerrang!
Stand out track: Haunted
See Spanish Love Songs live at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms on 16th January. LAST FEW TICKETS HERE.
The Mountain Goats - Jenny from Thebes
For fans of: The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel
Released: 27th October
What the critics say: "The North Carolina band’s sequel to their 2002 album All Hail West Texas awakens the dead and commits murder, in that order." - Paste
Stand out track: Clean Slate
See The Mountain Goats live at Bristol's Beacon Hall in May. TICKETS HERE.