Best albums of 2012

348. Little Doses - Rock Riot Soul (Black Ditto Recordings)

There's a lot of charming hooks and decent songwriting to be found on Rock Riot Soul, the debut offering from Little Doses, but the chances are that one of the main things that will catch listeners attention is the fact that it's the new band from Mark McClelland who used to play bass in a little band called Snow Patrol.

But this band is worth checking out in their own right, the strong vocal performance of Kirsten Ross that portrays a high sense of emotion even at her softest moments that really draws you in to her storytelling lyrics. But this charming mix of indie, country and folk music is the setup for a solid alt rock album.