It’s coming up the halfway point of the year, so we thought we’d take a quick straw poll around the See Tickets office to find out what our staff think are this year’s best album front-runners. Let’s dive in…

Joey Bada$$

“One of the best acts at last year’s Leeds Festival and he didn’t disappoint with a stunning debut.”


The Mountain Goats
Beat The Champ

“They’ve made the world of pro-wrestling sound like a William Faulkner novel or a Terrance Malick film. Great bunch of songs.”


The Go! Team
The Scene Between

“Perfect pop songs. PERFECT. Like eating a bag of sugar and playing Sonic inside Coffee.”


Songhoy Blues
Music In Exile

“I don’t want these guys were listening to growing up in Mali, but we need more of it over here. Absolute barnstorming debut.”


Marina & The Diamonds

“Such a good pop record. This is great, but I think there’s even better to come. She needs to be massive.”


Honourable mentions to…

Belle & Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, The Sonics, Hop Along, The Weaks, Viet Cong, The Sidekicks, California X, Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never, Waxahatchee, Blanck Mass, Lightning Bolt, Adventures, John Carpenter, Dan Deacon, Colleen Green, Young Guv, Blur, Kwabs, Circa Waves, Death Cab For Cutie, Earl Sweatshirt, My Morning Jacket, Wand, Courtney Barnett, BADBABDNOTGOOD+GhostFace Killah, Kendrick Lamar, Screaming Females and The Wharves.

…what a belter of a year. Quietly confident it’s going to get even better, thanks to albums from…

The Vaccines, Deftones, Duran Duran, Florence + The Machine, Major Lazer, Muse, Everything Everything, MIKA, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers, Wolf Alice and Of Monsters & Men. Gonna be special.

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