IQ-Road-Of-BonesI said I wouldn’t be making a list of favourite albums but I changed my mind. I’m a lot of things but consistent isn’t one of them.

This is the music that gave me most pleasure this year. There is no order of preference and I’ve probably forgotten a few things again.

 

Abel Ganz – s/t

Bram Stoker – Cold Reading

Krankschaft – Krankschaft 3

IQ – The Road Of Bones

Matt Stevens – Lucid

Tim Bowness – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

Stars In Battledress – In Droplet Form

Gong – I See You

Knifeworld – The Unravelling

Agusa – Högtid

David Crosby – Croz

Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down

Engineers – Always Returning

A Formal Horse – s/t

Steve Rothery – The Ghosts Of Pripyat

 

Bram Stoker – Cold Reading
No best of list from me this year. Just a few thumbnails of some favourites.

Bram Stoker released their debut album, Heavy Rock Spectacular, forty years ago. This is the follow up. That’s some break.  

I bought this album back in January and it’s been a favourite all year. The ten tracks here manage to mix virtuosic prog musicianship with great warmth and accessible song writing. Think of the more pastoral side of Genesis or Camel. Don’t let the gloomy , gothic, imagery of the album cover put you off.  

Standout tracks: Climbing The Gyroscope, Calling Me Home,  Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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