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alt.'s Albums of the Year (40-31)

By alt.tickets

Posted on Thursday 26th December 2019 at 14:15

As we wave goodbye to 2020 and look forward to 2021 and all the great shows on offer, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you our favourite 50 albums of the year!

Here at alt. tickets we keep our fingers on the pulse, with weekly updates of all our favourite releases, but when it came to recapping a whole year of excellent music it was hard to narrow it down to just 50! We've made some tough decisions and we have such a great list, so without further ado here is 40-31.


40) Margaret Glaspy – Devotion

For fans of: Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, Big Thief

Released: 27th March

What the critics say: "Margaret still sounds the most at home with her string instruments, but her foray into experimenting with electronic music has paid off." - DIY

Stand out track: Stay With Me

See Margaret Glaspy live in Bristol next year. TICKETS HERE.

39) The Districts – You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere

For fans of: Twin Peaks, Born Ruffians, Pinegrove

Released: 13th March

What the critics say: "Having lost none of their basement born earnestness, The Districts are proof of a bright beginning that hasn’t lost its spark. When it boiled down to fight or flight, Grote and his band did both; retreating into their writing as a means of escape but coming back with a bold record of resilience. You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere is, in essence, a rock record. But it is a rock record that asks for more, unafraid to scratch that little bit deeper." - The Line Of Best Fit

Stand out track: Cheap Regrets

See The Districts live in Nottingham, Leeds and Manchester next year. TICKETS HERE.

38) Bru-C – Smile

For fans of: TS7, Holy Goof, Darkzy

Released: 4th December

What the critics say: "Overall this album makes us soooo excited to go out and get sweaty in all our favourite Notts venues. But most importantly, it highlights mental health in such a crucial way. With the current state of the world, looking after our mind is even more important and Bru-C sets such a stunning example to his audience. The way ‘Smile’ manages to contrast rave anthems you wanna skank to under the deepest topics is unique, experimental and just overall impressive." - NUSIC

Stand out track: Mission

See Bru-C live in Nottingham and Bristol next year. TICKETS HERE.

37) JARV IS... – Beyond The Pale

For fans of: Pulp, Nadine Shah, BC Camplight

Released: 17th July

What the critics say: "At its untethered, untidy best, it shows Cocker dropping in to see what condition the human condition is in and finding it in a state of wild flux. Far out, yes, but almost too close for comfort." - Q

Stand out track: House Music All Night Long

See JARV IS... live in Bristol and Birmingham next year. TICKETS HERE.

36) Doves – The Universal Want

For fans of: Supergrass, Richard Ashcroft, Elbow

Released: 11th September

What the critics say: "With their fifth album they're taking strength from sadness, hope from despair, and wisdom from experience. In troubled times, The Universal Want is exactly what we need." - Uncut

Stand out track: Prisoners

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35) Oscar Jerome – Breathe Deep

For fans of: Yazmin Lacey, Alfa Mist, Joe Armon-Jones

Released: 14th August

What the critics say: "The perfect amalgamation of paying homage to past icons and celebrating the new generation, Breathe Deep is an album that gets straight into the groove. A fine example of making jazz cool again, Jerome’s debut symbolises his talents, quirks and inspirations whilst also detailing his journey through music thus far and has self-reflection aplenty. In a world that seems very titled right now, the album also touches upon the resilience of people and their growing awareness for world issues. It is an album from the heart, that will also get deep into the soul." - The Line Of Best Fit

Stand out track: Gravitate

See Oscar Jerome live in Manchester and Bristol next year. TICKETS HERE.

34) Marie Dahlstrøm – Like Sand

For fans of: Izzy Bizu, Jordan Rakei, Amber Mark

Released: 22nd May

What the critics say: "This is the kind of album that wants to soundtrack your life. To be there in those moments of reflection or immediate understanding, Dahlstrøm builds a vivid picture to offer escape when needed, be it with her soaring, searching vocals or the gently lapping R&B, Like Sand is an offering that, nine years in the making, has presented an artist who’s rooted in where she wants to be, with the ability to examine not just how she wishes to sound, but just what she wants from her career." - The Line Of Best Fit

Stand out track: I Want You (feat. Elijah Fox)

See Marie Dahlstrøm live in London next year. TICKETS HERE.

33) Tide Lines - Eye of the Storm

For fans of: Elephant Sessions, Niteworks, Skerryvore

Released: 1st May

What the critics say: "idelines newly released album, Eye of the Storm, entered the official album charts at number 3. Pretty good for a self-released album and indicative of the growing base of fans in the know. Robertson hooked me as soon as he cut in with his haunting vocal of “Born in the eye of the storm” in the first track. Tidelines are clearly influenced by traditional Scottish folk music when you hear the sweet piano at the beginning of ‘Stangers’. It is clear again as a gentle and lyrical guitar accompanies Robertson’s vocal to the Wreck of a Ship" - Glen2Glen

Stand out track: Innocent and Beautiful

See Tide Lines live on their UK tour next year. TICKETS HERE.

32) Anna Burch – If You're Dreaming

For fans of: The Beths, Lomeda, Stef Chura

Released: 3rd April

What the critics say: "Calm and comforting, ‘If You’re Dreaming’ feels like a mini-vacation for your brain; the perfect soundtrack to recharge your battery." - DORK

Stand out track: Can't Sleep

See Anna Burch live in Bristol and London next year. TICKETS HERE.

31) Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You

For fans of: Cub Sport, DMA's, Gang of Youths

Released: 10th July

What the critics say: "After tasting success, the Leimbach brothers turn out a more refined record that shows they’re ready for more." - NME

Stand out track: Robbery

See Lime Cordiale live in Bristol and London next year. TICKETS HERE.

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