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LaFaro Officially Better Than Gorillaz

You're probably as sick as we are of year-end lists but this is one we like, AU's look back at the records of the year makes several good calls including LaFaro's debut at no. 13.

40. Solar Bears – 'She Was Coloured In' (Planet Mu)
39. Not Squares – 'Yeah OK' (Richter Collective)
38. Surfer Blood – 'Astro Coast' (Kanine)
37. Field Music – 'Field Music' (Measure) (Memphis Industries)
36. Yeasayer – 'Odd Blood' (Mute)
35. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – 'Before Today' (4AD)
34. No Age – 'Everything In Between' (Sub Pop)
33. Mimas – 'Lifejackets' (Big Scary Monsters)
32. Wavves – 'King Of The Beach' (Bella Union)
31. Neon Indian – 'Psychic Chasms' (Static Tongues)
30. Grinderman – 'Grinderman 2' (Mute)
29. Sleigh Bells – 'Treats' (Columbia)
28. Deftones – 'Diamond Eyes' (Reprise)
27. Laura Marling - 'I Speak Because I Can' (Virgin)
26. Four Tet – 'There Is Love In You' (Domino)
25. The Cast Of Cheers – 'Chariot' (Self-released)
24. The Continuous Battle of Order – 'PTTRN SKRS' (Richter Collective)
23. Joanna Newsom – 'Have One On Me' (City Slang)
22. Flying Lotus – 'Cosmogramma' (Warp)
21. Pantha du Prince – 'Black Noise' (Rough Trade)
20. Baths – 'Cerulean' (Anticon.)
19. Vampire Weekend – 'Contra' (XL)
18. The Gaslight Anthem – 'American Slang' (SideOneDummy)
17. Liars – 'Sisterworld' (Mute)
16. Two Door Cinema Club – 'Tourist History' (Kitsuné)
15. Foals – 'Total Life Forever' (Transgressive)
14. Gorillaz – 'Plastic Beach' (EMI)
13. LaFaro – 'LaFaro' (Smalltown America)
After waiting so many years for a full-length from one of the country’s best live acts, could it possibly fulfil expectations? Emphatically, yes. Fittingly self-titled, from the opening, stop-start blast of bona fide classic "Tuppenny Nudger" to the nonchalant closing lope of "Party Hardy Marty!", every sweaty, sinewy, sleazy second IS LaFaro, perfectly distilled onto one shiny disc. Not since The Jesus Lizard in their prime has rock been this primal, urgent and utterly essential. Lee Gorman
12. Gold Panda – 'Lucky Shiner' (Notown)
11. Best Coast – 'Crazy For You' (Wichita)
10. Villagers – 'Becoming A Jackal' (Domino)
9. Deerhunter – 'Halcyon Digest' (4AD)
8. Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs' (Mercury)
7. LCD Soundsystem – 'This Is Happening' (DFA)
6. The National – 'High Violet' (4AD)
5. Caribou – 'Swim' (City Slang)
4. Janelle Monae – 'The ArchAndroid' (Atlantic/Bad Boy)
3. Adebisi Shank – 'This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank' (Richter Collective)
2. Beach House – 'Teen Dream' (Bella Union)
1. Kanye West – 'My Beatiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' (Roc-A-Fella)