Photo By Zach Slootsky
Noel (left) and Liam Gallagher returned to their rock 'n' roll roots this year on Dig Out Your Soul.
Dig Out Your Soul (Reprise)
Irresistible, hook-soaked rock-pop anthems signalling a return to form for the masters of the craft.
2 THE HELLACOPTERS
Head Off (Wild Kingdom)
The only thing disappointing about this power-chord-packed pile of fun is it's the last disc from these sadly under-discovered Swedes.
3 THE BLACK KEYS
Attack & Release (Nonesuch)
Dynamic Akron duo crank out a big, soulful blues-rock sound that manages to be fresh and still of another time.
This year's neo-soul British breakthrough, unlikely to crash and burn like Amy Winehouse, has more talent and staying power.
The Renaissance (Universal)
One-time A Tribe Called Quest main man delivers satisfying smooth, pop-drenched hip-hop.
6 SEBASTIEN GRAINGER AND THE MOUNTAINS
After fronting Death from Above 1979, Grainger can expect bigger success solo for his pounding, propulsive rock with the occasional soft spot.
7 IRMA THOMAS
Simply Grand (Universal)
New Orleans legend delivers her sweet, soulful R&B unadorned and gorgeous, with a star-studded cast of friends accompanying her.
Parallel Play (Sony)
Canada's pop rock power pack manage to make their best disc yet 20 years in.
Seeing Sounds (Universal)
Expansive, grand hip-hop that owes as much to Todd Rundgren as to Run DMC.
10 BLACK KIDS
Partie Traumatic (Universal)
Plaintive, sometimes pleading 80s-influenced fun, with the best inter-couple bickering since the Human League.