My Morning Jacket's Circuital album was a real surprise favourite of mine this year; authentic, confident American rock, the way it should be done.
The high praise for the album speaks for itself - four stars across the board and a plethora of glowing quotes.
The band are touring the UK this week at the following dates:
Wednesday 2 November – GLASGOW – ABC
Thursday 3 November – BIRMINGHAM – Institute
Saturday 5 November – LEEDS – Academy
Sunday 6 November – MANCHESTER – Academy
Monday 7 November – LONDON – Roundhouse
Tuesday 8 November – BEXHILL – De La Warr Pavillion
They're also taking to the stage on the eternally popular Later With Jools Holland this week - if you haven't heard much of their material before, you're in for a real treat.