The Festive 50 – Sunday mercury Sunday, December 28th 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 set list 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.