The October Playlist
1. Gwen Stefani - Baby Don't Lie Well done Gwen - this almost makes up for most of your last solo album, if not the Harajuku Girls.
2. Arthur Beatrice - Late Autumnal wondrousness from this London band I got into in February and forgot about for 8 months.
3. Jessie Ware - You & I (Forever) A particularly me-friendly highlight from Jessie Ware's gamechanging second album. By gamechanging I of course mean 'I finally get what everyone else has been talking about for 2 years'.
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks - Peaks and Troughs Speaking of gamechanging, the third LP from this thrashtastic fivesome is also markedly more good than anything they've done before. Bigger, louder, but tighter. Full disclosure: I am also Scottish.
5. Andrew Lloyd-Webber feat. A Load of Cat Dancers - Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats My love of Cats was this month reawoken by the improbable news that Nicole Scherzinger will be assuming the role of Grizabella - Grizabella - on the West End this December.
6. Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods 310% amazing.
7. Ben Howard - Small Things Who does this remind me of? I want to say something from circa 2011/12 - Bon Iver? Wolf Gang? Britney's Femme Fatale? Regardless, it's very beautiful.
8. Marina & the Diamonds - Froot Electra Heart is dead and actually her name's Marina. Hi Marina! I think I quite like this but it's also on the verge of extremely irritating. I await the rest of your campaign with measured interest.
9. Perfume Genius - Don't Let Them In The darker, more vulnerable flipside to straight-baiting anthem Queen. Granted I was recently moved to tears by a bag of spinach, but Perfume Genius is something else. Bonus fact: he was rude about Sam Smith in the latest Attitude.
10. Girls Aloud - Crazy Fool A timely reminder that not every song with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on lead vocals has to be completely painful, despite what her latest single might suggest.
11. The Pierces - I Can Feel I am still in no way over this album.
12. Feist - 1234 A much needed burst of polite euphoria for the endless stretch of dark evenings ahead. We’re all going to die. It’s quite depressing. Hush, Feist understands.
13. Kylie Minogue - Feels So Good The combination of a tour and handful of deliberately intriguing Garibay leaks led me to re-evaluate the Kiss Me Once album, exactly as the elder Minogue no doubt intended. It's still by no means great, but this one at least is a tune.
14. Will Young - Jealousy The quest to figure out what exactly from 2011 sounds like Ben Howard took me on a meandering route via Will Young's stellar, Richard X-produced Echoes. Frankly I would retire now Will because Jealousy is clearly a Career Highlight.
15. The Artist Formerly Known as Mel B Formerly Known As Mel G Now Once Again Mel B - Word Up Still waiting on the X Factor performance, Mel.
16. Avi Buffalo - Overwhelmed With Pride Sometimes I like to think I could live in California and drink kale smoothies all day long, when actually I can only handle one track off the new Avi Buffalo album at a time. Maybe next summer will change my mind.
17. Travis - The Humpy Dumpty Love Song Aaaand finally, another iPod shuffle in the vein of Feist's 1234. If you can get over the fact that waaaaah Travis and their irritating left-right audio split, this song is still bloody lovely. Happy belated October everyone!