That being said, as a music fan, I couldn’t be happier with 2013. So much more to explore this year and there was hardly a let down. Making the Top Ten proved to be a challenge as there were many albums that could have qualified for the back end of my list. Many of my all time favorites released albums this year and every time I buy an album from a respected musician that I have come to enjoy, I brace myself for the inevitable letdown. It seemed for many of these albums, that that was going to be the case. But with each listen it became apparent that these bands not only put out some worthy contributions to their catalog, but some of the best work of their career. Some of them you will find on my top ten, others didn’t make the cut, but sufficed to say, it has been a heckuva year for quality music.
Standout Track(s): Walkin on a Pretty Day
Standout Track(s): Brainfreeze
Standout Track(s): Dream House
Standout Track(s): Pink rabbits
Standout Track(s): Banana Clipper, Get It
Standout Track(s): Come and Save Me, Backwards Berlin
Standout Track(s): Song For Zula, Terror in the Canyons
Standout Track(s): Here Comes The Night Time, The Afterlife, It’s Never Over
Standout Track(s): Touch, Doin’ it Right
Standout Track(s): Ya Hey, Step, Unbelievers, Hannah Hunt
Chvrches – The Mother We Share, Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork, Arctic Monkeys – AM, Deerhunter – Monomania
similarity to overall top ten: 48%, 5 matches
10Reflektor – Arcade Fire
09Retrograde – James Blake
08Rap God – Eminem
07The Mother We Share – Chvrches
06Hannah Hunt – Vampire WeekendTough to chose from this album, but this one has risen to the top. Describes the sad revelations a road trip brings about to a failing relationship moving in separate directions. Beautifully moving.
05Here Comes The Night Time – Arcade FireMy favorite from the album, tells the missionaries and the zealots to stuff it. You can keep the lock on heaven’s gate, we’ll be dancing for eternity.
04Song For Zula – PhosphorescentHeart wrenchingly beautiful.
03A New Life – Jim JamesA great song to begin with, when the Roots joined him on Jimmy Fallon they added a 50s soul vibe and a full marching band that takes the song to next stratosphere. This particular version bumps it up to the top of the list and is the best thing I have seen all year. http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/jim-james-a-new-life/n32348/
02Royals – LordeI just totally dig that a song that was written to take a jab at the materialism of pop culture, was so embraced by the mainstream pop audience. It felt like more of an indie vibe to me, until I heard a handful of black girls singing along in the shops on South Street. Just goes to show you how far a well crafted pop song can go when it’s sung by a young, pretty face.
01Get Lucky – Daft PunkDance or get laid. I think both are worth pushing through the wee hours. I’m sure we can all relate. The mellow disco beats and Pharrell’s smooth voice make it impossible not to.
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