8. St. Vincent - 'St. Vincent'
It's been a very good year for St. Vincent. Not only did she get the chance to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but she also released her fourth solo album to rapturous reviews. A former member of the the Polyphonic Spree, St. Vincent (born Annie Clark) creates music that sounds like what Kate Bush would have made if she had grown up in Texas in the late 1980s. "I find [her songs] accessible, but if you look closely, they're pretty strange," says David Byrne, who recorded a collaborative album LP with the singer in 2012. "There is a nice push and pull, some energizing tension going on there. It takes some skill to keep that balance."