The Crookes

Top 20 of 2016: 15 - 11

15. Blossoms – Blossoms

A stark reminder that radio friendly guitar music is not only achievable, it’s essential. It might not be a call to arms like ‘Definitely Maybe’ or ‘Up The Bracket’, but, the Stockport outfit demonstrate much needed ambition to be knocking on their doors.

14. Stick In The Wheel – From Here

UK Folk music exploded at the end of the last decade. It produced some great albums, but inevitably, it tailed off with a whimper. Stick In The Wheel inject the scene with much needed urgency, authenticity and the spirit of punk.

13. The Crookes – Lucky Ones

Sheffield’s great romantics deliver yet another consistently high blend of hope, guitars and poetry. Ever evolving, they introduce slices of The Cure and Depeche Mode to their visions of Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg.

12. Pete Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations

Doherty’s journey continues to deliver time and time again. Melodies of intense quality just never seem to leave Doherty which can be seen on the classic ‘I Don’t Love Anyone (But You’re Not Just Anyone). To hit this high 8 albums in is remarkable.

11.  Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

Mason’s third helping steers the closest to his Beta Band days with its undeniable grooves. However, this album is more than that, he is yet once more ahead the curve with this blissful blend of folk, indie and that magical voice.