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Top 10 Albums of 2013
It’s the end of the year, which means two things: I need to renew my membership in the Meatloaf of the Month Club, and I actually found my password to Facebook; after an exhaustive year of never trying to look for it after I forgot it.
And also here’s my annual Top 10 favorite albums of the year list:
10. She & Him – Volume 3
More old-timey goodness from Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Some of these songs could’ve seriously been big hits in the girl group era of the 60’s, but I guess they’ll have to settle with the coveted “iTunes #168th most downloaded album from a non-rap and/or emo group for the week ending July 21st” award. I think that’s high praise these days.
9. Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
One of the coolest names in music I’ve ever heard, Friedberger is one-half of the indie rock outfit the Fiery Furnaces; a group I’ve never gotten into. But here by herself she delivers a simple set of 70’s-inspired rock ditties so I’m all for that. If I was a musician, I’d change my name to Poindexter McDorfenhaffer and go on tour with Eleanor Friedberger. It’d be a great show and the tickets would look hilarious.
I Don't Want To Bother You:
8. The Fratellis – We Need Medicine
My favorite band from
Waiting For You:
6. Kasey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
Here’s a sign of the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse: I selected a country album this year. After reading about how great this album was for a couple of months I decided to pick up a copy and I’m glad I did. Musgraves seems like she’s one of those free-spirit, “I’m gonna write and sing about anything I damn well want to” type musicians; and her pro-homosexuality, pro-marijuana, & pro-sex before marriage stances will probably end up getting her shot in Nashville one day. Even better, her appearance at the 2013 CMA awards as far as I know will go down as the only time someone got censored at the friggin’ CMA awards.
Follow Your Arrow (CMA Awards):
5. Cults – Static
So you’re Cults – a boy/girl combo that specializes in 60’s girl-group inspired pop. But the boy and girl also were dating and are now broken up; what do you do? Can you continue to work together and make catchy old-school pop tunes in the wake of your devastation? Cults sound sadder and more reflective with their 2nd album and the drums are amped the frick up so this is one genuine emotional roller-coaster of an album. And unlike actual roller coasters, this album doesn’t make me feel nauseous and embarrassed when my friends laugh at me because I won’t go any of them besides the Junior Gemini.
I Can Hardly Make You Mine:
4. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
Here’s another sign of the guaranteed-to-happen upcoming Zombie Apocalypse: I selected an R&B dance record this year. If you’re not paying much attention, this is just an outstanding set of retro-sounding dance songs as well as some sweet Stevie Wonder-inspired old school R&B. But if you pay attention, it’s all that plus a bizarre concept album where Monae plays a character named Cindy Mayweather, who is the Arch-Android in a futuristic world populated by humans and droids. Sounds awesome and not-at-all bat shit crazy, right? Add a few fake radio station breaks and instrumental interludes and you have the most creative album I’ve heard in years.
3. Diane Birch – Speak a Little Louder
This is the sophomore album from Birch, another great singer/songwriter/piano player in the Carole King mold. Her voice is so expressive; she doesn’t have to over-sing the hell out of everything like Christina Aguilera or that girl from
All the Love You Got:
2. Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork
I wonder if the album title is referring to the fact that every time these guys release an album, like clockwork it’s a consistently awesome slab of sleazy hard rock that’s damn hard to top? Or the fact that like clockwork, every time I listen to these guys I try to sing along in my truck but I can’t decipher half of singer/songwriter/guitarist Josh Homme’s lyrics so I end up mumbling in a whiny, falsetto voice while the people driving next to me think I’m having a stroke?
1. Kate Nash – Girl Talk
And that brings us to the intriguing story of Kate Nash, who after her debut album in 2007 became one of the
There was actually so much good music from this year that I have to mention a bunch more here under the ol’ “honorable mention” category, a title I always seem to win unfortunately; whether it’s a chili cook-off or a speed dating convention.
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Lenka – Shadows
Beach Day – Trip Trap Attack
Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
Court Yard Hounds - Amelita
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Brendan Benson – You Were Right
The Flaming Lips – The Terror (you’ll have to listen to it 5-6 times but once it clicks this becomes one of the creepiest albums Pink Floyd never made)