First of all I think it’s a bit sad that this award belongs to Barclaycard. That said tehre have been some great winners – Elbow and who could forget Pulp and Different Class. This year it’s the XX. Now what’s a 50+ bloke writing about modern music. Well the answer is a little bit. This is a truly beautiful album. It’s an album that should be listened to through headphones (or speakers if you think you are not going to be disturbed). I’d highly recommend that you also shut your eyes. And if that wet’s your whistle, I’d also check out Mumford and Sons and the Foals album. Signing off now to go and reacquaint myself with The XX.