Albums Of The Year nearly here

YULE have been mad not to have noticed that, in the words of Shakin’ Stevens: “‘Tis the season.”
As my Christmas present to you, tomorrow I’ll unveil my Top 10 Albums Of The Year 2009, revealing who is following in the footsteps of acts behind previous Albums Of The Year such as System Of A Down, Portishead, The Libertines, The Beatles and Arcade Fire.
You’ll also find out if anyone can join Biffy Clyro as double winners – groups in the running this year include Prodigy, Acoustic Ladyland, Mr Hudson, Maccabees and Jamie T, while Biffy Clyro themselves could make it a record three Albums Of The Year with Only Revolutions.
Plus there’s local interest too – both Late Of The Pier and Young Knives made the top 10 for 2008, and this year Kerfuffle, Kelpe and Wave Pictures have had albums out, and Mr Hudson’s drummer, Wilkie Wilkinson, is from Loughborough too!
You’ll also have your chance to vote which of my shortlist should be crowned Isaac Ashe’s Sound Advice Album Of The Year, which last year was awarded to Portishead’s Third.
The vote runs until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
So until then, let me take this chance to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Ker-istmas album

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LOUGHBOROUGH band Kerfuffle may have subtitled Lighten The Dark as “A Midwinter Album”, but we all know what that means – Christmas!
And if you’re a fan of trad folk, yule love it.
The album is a reworking of well-known tracks like The Holly And The Ivy and Three Ships and lesser-known numbers such as Lullay My Liking and Gower Wassail in the English folk style, meaning there’s hardly a sleigh bell in sight.
Not that any fake snow and tinsel and baubles are needed – with their evocative accordian drones and crisp vocals alone, ’tis the season for Kerfuffle’s sound.