Best of the Decade: David Bentley’s Top Twenty Albums

My selection is partly influenced by my interest in Nordic music and therefore will be considerably different to everyone else’s at GIITTV but I’ve also thrown in a few leftfield, even off-the-wall contributions from other artists you may not be familiar with, while to my mind anyway, you should be. They are not in any particular order. Enjoy! Anna Calvi – Hunter (2018) ‘Hunter’ is the culmination of everything Anna Calvi has worked towards since 2011 including two previous albums, both of which, like this one, were Mercury Prize-nominated. An intensely personal piece of work which took five years to perfect and one in which sexuality is deeply explored, she demonstrates again the dichotomy between the intense and dramatic guitar playing she is recognised mostly for and the delicate balladry of some of her songs. Surely the Mercury folk couldn’t deny her a third time, could they? They did. (Explicit video): St Vincent – St Vincent (2014) Annie Clarke’s fourth, eponymous album and winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, isn’t everyone’s preferred choice of her five to date but is my personal favourite as it (hate the phrase) seizes the zeitgeist perfectly with its ruminations on … Continue reading Best of the Decade: David Bentley’s Top Twenty Albums