I spent some time debating this one: is it too soon to place it inside this list? Should I go with Interpol (which Monuments To An Elegy pushes to number 11). But I like Corgan's latest better than El Pintor today, so there you go: the least complicated of Smashing Pumpkins albums makes it. Nine songs of simple pleasures: some pop, some synths, some of those typical fuzzy guitars, Corgan's distinctive voice. There'll never be another Siamese Dream, but that's ok too.
09 - Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Wanderlust
... on which Sophie (whom I had a huge crush on when she was in Theaudience) returns to her indie roots. Or at least makes an interesting break from murdering on the dance floor. Opener Birth of an Empire and the absolutely beautiful Young Blood are among the year's very best. Loving the cover too: unlike with some other teenage crushes (Lauren Laverne, Courtney Love) I still kinda fancy her.
08 - Tindersticks - Ypres