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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Pop Albums of the Year 2014

1. LEWIS WATSON : The Morning - Debut album by the Youtube sensation from Bicester includes Stones Around The Sun, one of the year’s best songs.

2. A GREAT BIG WORLD : Is There Anybody Out There? - Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino write witty pop, but Say Something, featuring one Christina Aguilera, is heartbreaking.

3. JENNY LEWIS : The Voyager - Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis revels in skewed story-telling pop and rock with a subversive edge.

4. RON POPE : Calling Off The Dogs - Great setlist highlighted by show-stealers Explain and Nothing will surely be coveted by all X-Factor wannabes.

5. PASSENGER : Whispers - Brighton’s Michael Rosenberg’s quirky voice stole hearts this year – but standout Bullets is deliciously disturbing.

6. TWIN ATLANTIC : Great Divide - The Glaswegian festival favourites give The Killers a run for their megabucks with irresistible pop hooks and rock riffs.

7. ED SHEERAN : X - There’s no stopping the carrot-topped troubadour, who builds on his debut with the most streamed album in the world.

8. GEORGE EZRA : Wanted On Voyage - Where on earth does that amazing, old beyond his years, voice come from? Well, actually it’s from Hertfordshire.

9. NINA PERSSON : Animal Heart - The only Cardigan you’ll ever want to find under the Christmas tree, Nina’s warm pop vocal gives you a huge hug.

10. RUBY TURNER : All That I Am - Birmingham soul queen Ruby returns with an eclectic genre-striding set, including a delightful duet with Passenger.

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