2000 - Badly Drawn Boy - The album’s a shambles but it’s a lovely shambles and some of the songs are excellent.*
2001 - PJH*/ Radiohead - Stories probably hols up as an album better but Amniesiac is more interesting.
2002 - The Streets - Absolutely of its time. The Ms Dynamite album had some better songs but it had more dross filler too.
2003 - Dizzee Rascal* - I love the Martina album but it isn’t anywhere near as exciting.
2004 - Dunno - Weak year.
2005 - I have to admit I haven’t heard I Am A Bird Now (I find their voice a bit too overwhelming most of the time) so it’d probably be Arular.
2006 - Arctic Monkeys* - Again, totally of its time and very accomplished.
2007 - Klaxons*/ Arctic Monkeys - Full of inventive pop songs/ full of better songs than the debut. I love Basquiat Strings but it’s not the best album of the list.
2008 - Burial - Don’t think it’s an amazing album (I preferred Burial) but from that list streets ahead in terms of originality.
2009 - Florence? I like Two Suns but it drifts a bit; I love The Invisible but some of the album is a bit boring. There was definitely an identity to Lungs.
2010 - Laura Marling/ The xx* - LM does narrative songwriting so well. The xx have a really clear vision for what they sound like but it gets a bit dull after half the album.
2011 - I have no idea. LES was the last PJH album I bought and it really saddened me - the politics bored me to tears. Quite like some of Anna Calvi and Ghostpoet but neither changed my life; James Blake didn’t really deliver.
2012 - Jessie Ware? - I’m struggling now.
2013 - Laura Mvula is the only one I’ve heard.
2014 - Young Fathers* - Exciting and excited.
2015 - Wolf Alice is really weak in places and Jamie xx disappears into Popclub a bit too often. Really didn’t rate Syro.
2016 - If all of The Bride sounded like Sunday Love, that’d be my favourite album ever. Konnichiwa is fucking weak and I think Kano should have retired before Made In The Manor was a realistic album. The Comet Is Coming is good but jazz will never the Mercury.
This was hard.