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My Favourite Albums Of 2013

December 30th, 2013


I hope you don’t mind me greeting you with a simple ‘hello’ after so long away but it’s seemed like the best way to start this. I was going to begin by saying something about how long it’s been since I last posted but looking back, the last few posts seem to have started in similar ways, so I decided not to. Although technically, I guess I kind of just did.

Either way, it IS a long time since I posted here and even longer since I posted here regularly. Life just seems to have taken over and as I may have said before, towards the end of my regular posting, I felt like I was writing because I felt compelled to, rather than because I actually wanted to. For the sake of it, rather than the love of it.

With my life changing in so many ways over the last year or so, the blog just took a back seat and while I’ve sort of missed rambling away on here, in many ways I’m glad it faded out. Listening to music had become a little bit of a chore. Somewhere in the back of my mind was always a little niggling distraction. What was I was going to write about it? How would I describe track 3? Would I recommend it to everyone or just people who like certain things?

Now I’m purely listening for pleasure and while I’ve got less time to do it, I’m enjoying it a lot more. Given the fact that 2013 seems to have delivered an absolute treasure trove of great albums, the amazing highs and annoying lows of the last 12 months have been soundtracked by some tremendous music. With that in mind, I figured it was time to put together my annual list of albums that I’ve enjoyed the most this year. Not because I felt I should but because I wanted to.

So, since the beginning of December I’ve been revisiting all the records released this year that have found their way into my ears. It’s not been an easy process but it has been a hugely enjoyable one. For my mind 2013 has been the best year for albums in a long time and I’ve been back and forth a couple of times as to what should and shouldn’t have made the final cut.

But it’s done.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you My Favourite Albums of 2013. As ever, the list is presented in alphabetical order because, as my usual end of year disclaimer always pronounces, music isn’t a competition. Besides, it was hard enough choosing the final list, let alone deciding which should come first, fifth or thirteenth. It’s also worth noting that I term this list as ‘My Favourite’ rather than ‘The Best’. As ever I make no claims at recognizing great art or boundary pushing records. These are merely the albums that I’ve enjoyed the most and to which I have found myself returning time and again. They’re all worthy of your time and money, so if you see something you haven’t heard yet, give it a try and buy it in whatever format you favour!

My Favourite Albums Of 2013

Arcade FireReflektor
Arctic MonkeysAM
Atoms For PeaceAmok
David BowieThe Next Day
Bill CallahanDream River
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away
Cold War KidsDear Miss Lonelyhearts
EditorsThe Weight Of Your Love
FoalsHoly Fire
Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse
Mazzy StarSeasons Of Your Day
PINSGirls Like Us
Pure LoveAnthems
Queens Of The Stone Age…Like Clockwork
SavagesSilence Yourself
Vampire WeekendModern Vampires Of The City
Matthew E WhiteBig Inner
Yo La TengoFade

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Pip posted the following on December 31, 2013 at 10:20 am.

A fine collection. Bloodsports is the first album by Suede that I haven’t immediately gone out and bought. On the strength of your endorsement, I’m going to remedy that.

Richard posted the following on December 31, 2013 at 11:15 am.

You definitely should. Aside from some dodgy production/mastering on the a couple of the latter tracks it’s really really good.

It’s like a cross between ‘Coming Up’ era Suede and The Tears (an album I think is great and grossly overlooked).

Pip posted the following on December 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm.

Ah. I like The Tears too, so all should be well…

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