A lot of publications have put out their top albums lists for the year. Here is my list of my Top Ten Albums of 2013. The biggest criteria for me, is it has to be an album that I regularly listen to start-to-finish. I’m an album oriented person. While I might have a few favorite singles from groups, a single doesn’t make an album. So, “based upon what I listened to”, here is my Top Ten List
1) Spreading Rumours — Grouplove
I first heard of this band after Lollapalooza 2011. I didn’t catch their show, but listened to a few of their songs. Not bad. Then this album came out and I couldn’t stop playing it. An amazingly great sounding album and a highly energetic band. I hope I have an opportunity to see this band live someday, perhaps at Lollapalooza 2014?
2) …Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Never had paid a whole lot of attention to this band before this year. I had seen a Facebook post by Shirley Manson of Garbage regarding this album, so I checked it out and was totally blown away and went and bought it that day. I did get to see these guys live at Lollapalooza this summer. The ironic thing is I’ve been a big fan of Sweethead for a few years and never knew the connection between these two bands.
3) Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
I was really impressed with this carefully crafted album. This album really took me back to the Quincy Jones type produced albums. This album had a lot to offer all the way through.
4) Last Lines — AKW
This is the third release by this duo out of L.A. and is their best yet. I am always amazed by each new release that they outdo the previous one. This short but amazing EP is very addicting. A lot of passion and poetry in this one for sure.
5) Bangs — Brick + Mortar
Had been listening to this band just out curiosity. I then heard they were going to be at Lollapalooza and was blown away by this album. Brandon has an awesome stage presence and has a Cat Stevens type of tenderness to his voice. The clarity and power of the drums in their sound is really amazing and reminds me of the drum sound from Rush’s Roll The Bones and Presto albums.
6) The Paradigm Shift — Korn
I was very glad for this release. Head is back after a long hiatus from the band. Path Of Totality was just OK for me, so I was really impressed when I heard this. Vintage Korn on this album.
7) Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
I am not a die-hard NIN fan, but when I heard this album, I couldn’t stop listening to it. Was very glad to catch them at Lollapalooza as well. Looking forward to the DVD release of their tour next year.
8) Night Time, My Time — Sky Ferreira
Just discovered this artist this year. A little bit of gossipy drama surrounding her this year, but what an amazing album. She is touring with Miley Cyrus and IO Echo, and as a fan, I’d be going to see HER.
9) Katta Pillar — a Shade Of Red
I caught this band at a local show in Indianapolis. This band from Dayton, Ohio has an amazing bluesy guitarist, Georgia Goad, with an amazing stage presence. But this band has a lot to offer in a jamming drum/bass combo that for some reason reminds me of the tightness and “jazziness” of Toto (don’t know why). This creates quite a unique sound. They released their full LP this Fall and is quite good.
10) Tales Of Us — Goldfrapp
I’ve been a fan of this otherwise “Techno Pop” band for quite a few years, so when I saw the videos of Drew and Annabel, I just couldn’t believe it. Have been listening to this album over and over ever since.
- Honorable Mention
Violent Mae — Violent Mae
Dear Youth — No Small Children
1.1 — Dekades
- Pleasant Surprises
Big Talk — Conway
Silence Yourself — Savages
- Biggest Disappointment
Mosquito — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Still Hasn’t Grown On Me
Wolf’s Law — The Joy Formidable