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Since the year 2000 I have been awarding, mainly for my own amusement, an award, The Jezzie, for my favourite album of the year. This year, however, with the creation of this website, I hope to make it more of an event linking in with my radio show, The Tarka Blowpig Music Show on Radio Bicester. On New Years Eve at 7pm you can open up my show link at www.radiobicester.co.uk/tarkablowpig and find out what are my top 20 albums of the year and this years winner of the Jezzie Award.

But as I said, I have had an album of the year, since the year 2000, with, to whet your appetite for the show on New Years Eve here are my favourite albums of the year from 2000 to 2017.

2000 – Parachutes – Coldplay

2001 – Love Is Here – Starsailor

2002 – O – Damian Rice

2003 – Greendale – Neil Young And Crazy Horse

2004 – Hopes And Fears – Keane

2005 – Demon Days – Gorillaz

2006 – Joint Award Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys Black Holes And Revelations – Muse

2007 – Icky Thump – The White Stripes

2008 – Only By The Night – The Kings Of Leon

2009 – Tongue ‘N Cheek – Dizzee Rascal

2010 – Queen Of Denmark – John Grant

2011 – Let England Shake – P.J.Harvey

2012 – One Day I’m Gonna Soar – Dexys

2013 – Joint Award

Pale Green Ghosts – John Grant A.M. – Arctic Monkeys

2014 – Sonic Highways – The Foo Fighters

2015 – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

2016 – Blackstar – David Bowie

2017 – Pure Comedy – Father John Misty

So who will win the The Jezzie Award for 2018? John Grant, Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty and The Arctic Monkeys are all previous winners in with a shout. But also there have been fine albums released by Richard Thompson, Lump and The Manic Street Preachers plus lesser known acts such as Merry Hell, Starfish 64 and The Worthless Son In Laws amongst others in with a shout.

Tune in at 7pm on New Years Eve on www.radiobicester.co.uk/tarkablowpig to find out the winners!

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