It's only November and the first 'Albums of the Year' list has landed
Yes, it's still November.
As is something of a tradition, independent music heroes Rough Trade have unveiled their official Albums of the Year list well before the year is out.
Upcoming U2 album be damned, the 100-strong countdown places 'gothic folk' singer-songwriter Aldous Harding at the very top, with enduring troubadour Ryan Adams and experimental icon Björk taking silver and bronze, respectively.
The wide-ranging list is "a reflection of an album's experience within the world of Rough Trade - it's informed by what our customers talk to us about, what's been in most demand across our shops, and what we've been playing instore throughout the year - with the ultimate aim of championing the future as well as celebrating the present."
Also placing high are Liam Gallagher, Queens of the Stone Age, Run The Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, and The National, who return to Irish shores next summer with a double-header at Donnybrook Stadium.
The Top 10 reads thus:
1. Aldous Harding – Party
2. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
3. Björk – Utopia
4. Big Thief – Capacity
5. Colter Wall – Colter Wall
6. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
7. The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
8. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
9. Thundercat – Drunk
10. Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man
You can view the full rundown here.