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Top 10 Albums of 2016

The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors

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Is the Mercury Prize in retrograde?

The Mercury Prize aims to provide “a snapshot of the year in music” – and that’s the problem. A snapshot tells you very little about music in 2015.

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Feature: Top 10 Albums of the Year

A countdown of the best of 2014

Jon Hopkins - Immunity. The Mancunion's Album of the Year 2013

Albums of the Year 2013: Top 10

A countdown of the best of 2013.

Album: Flamingo – Brandon Flowers

2 Stars The progression from frontman to solo artist is a well documented one. Morrissey, Richard Ashcroft, Sting – all have tried their hand at…

Album: Man Alive – Everything Everything

4 Stars Without seeming too unsympathetic towards the millions of people across the globe who are fighting tooth and nail to ‘make it’ as musicians…

Album: Surfing The Void – Klaxons

Whether this is an organic evolution, or just an attempt to distinguish themselves from the hoards of skinny-jeaned indie bands dominating the music scene, is uncertain, but it certainly makes for interesting listening.

Album: Postcards From A Young Man – Manic Street Preachers

Postcards From A Young Man is the Manic Street Preachers’ 10th studio album. In a music industry in which a band is lucky if their second album makes any kind of impression, this is a major achievement and should make the band something of a national treasure (albeit a Welsh one). So how come the Manic Street Preachers appear to have passed so many music fans by?

Album: Growing Pains – Dinosaur Pile Up

4 and a half stars Every article you’ll ever read about Dinosaur Pile-Up will contain at least one reference to the Foo Fighters, and for…

Album: The Record Collection – Mark Ronson and the Business International

  Three and a half stars ‘I only want to be in your record collection, and I’ll do anything it takes just to get there’,…

Album: Tiger Suit – KT Tunstall

3 and a half stars With a discography that includes two well-received albums and a handful of top 40 singles, it may come as a…

Album: Halcyon Digest – Deerhunter

4 Stars     Given their previous associations with so-called ‘garage rock’, this new offering from Deerhunter comes as a bit of surprise. Gone are…