AWARDS SHORTLIST: Album of the year

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2015? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 11 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2015. Read on for the nominees for the monsta for album of the year.

  1. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence and the Machine

Florence Welch and the band’s third album contained the singles What Kind of Man, Ship To Wreck, Queen of Peace (above) and Delilah. Their Glastonbury performance is also shortlisted as our gig of the year.

2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure by John Grant

We said: ‘A return to form for us after the far less pop Pale Green Ghosts yet perhaps not quite as heartfelt and personal as Queen of Denmark‘ and ‘the penchant for elaborate 70s balladry, skewed folk and experimental electronica remains but Grant’s growl seems to bark as acidly but perhaps with a touch more humour’.

3. Surrender by Hurts

We said: ‘Wings (above) wouldn’t be out of place on a Take That album and features the amazing aforementioned choir. Let’s hope we see much of the choir on next year’s tour’ and ‘Surrender? We’re raising our white flag. Pop album of the year.’

4. Get Weird by Little Mix

The next single Secret Love Song is a perfect fit for Christmas, has a gay-friendly version (Secret Love Song part 2) and features Jason Derulo (above). We said of the single: ‘It’s screaming Christmas heartache single. Sample lyric: ‘Why can’t you hold me on the street? Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor’ and of the album ‘pop album of the year contender’.

5. Music Complete by New Order

We called it: ‘The sound of a band getting its groove back’ and ‘the welcome surprise – a fantastic return to form’.

  • Is there a better album we’ve missed out? Tell the author of this piece on Twitter @NeilDurham or in the comments below.
  • The winners of 2015’s monstagigz awards, or monstas, will be announced 3/1/16.

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