NME is one of the first publications to announce its top albums of the year, and their steady countdown to the top 10 has climaxed today. You can peruse the entire top 75 via this link, but most of the attention is likely to settle on the top 10, which (perhaps unsurprisingly) is mostly made up of records loosely grouped in the indie rock sphere.
Hip-hop simply doesn’t feature in the NME’s world—you’ll have to look down as far as number 34 to find Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the highest placed example of the genre—while records by Beach House, Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem snag many of the top slots.
These New Puritans’ Hidden is a surprise choice for the number 1 slot, and other eyebrow raising choices include a low placing for Vampire Weekend’s Contra (at number 24) and a deep love for the woeful witch house stylings of Salem’s King Night (which is at number 8 in the chart).
The top 10 looks like this:
01 These New Puritans: Hidden
02 Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
03 Beach House: Teen Dream
04 LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
05 Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can
06 Foals: Total Life Forever
07 Zola Jesus: Stridulum II
08 Salem: King Night
09 Liars: Sisterworld
10 The Drums: The Drums