Top 20 albums of 2013

20) Howlin’ – Jagwar Ma

A highly contagious infusion of dance and guitar music that feels retro and yet brand new at the same time. A fantastic debut from ‘Down-Under.’

Listen to – ‘Come Save Me’

 

19) Wish to Scream – Tribes

The second and ultimately last album of the Camden rock group’s short career. Despite a lack of commercial success or critical acclaim, ‘Wish to Scream’ displays Tribes’ undoubted talent in its finest form.

Listen to – ‘How The Other Half Live’

 

18) Arc – Everything Everything

Instantly catchy and brimming with energy, Electro band Everything Everything’s second album is full of life and can hardly fail to make you want to dance to it, something you will find incredibly hard to do without looking like a fool.

Listen to – ‘Kemosabe’

 

17) Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action – Franz Ferdinand

After the mildly disappointing ‘Tonight,’ Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand are back to their best with a quirky combination of sharp chords and familiar big choruses.

Listen to – ‘Fresh Strawberries’

 

16) Tape Deck Heart – Frank Turner

Everyone’s favorite musical journeyman takes another step towards fame with a more accessible but nevertheless emotional 5th album. Despite the morbid subject matter of the album, Frank’s lyrical genius remains intact.

Listen to – ‘Polaroid Picture’

 

15) Modern Vampires Of The City – Vampire Weekend

New York’s indiest quartet return with their 3rd and best album to date. ‘Modern Vampires’ is experimental yet still effortlessly catchy, showing us it’s definitely still cool to be different.

Listen to – ‘Unbelievers’

 

14) In a Perfect World – Kodaline

Irish rock/pop quartet have released a debut album that is both gut-wrenchingly emotional and yet strangely uplifting. A heartfelt acoustic folk record that was the perfect companion to summer.

Listen to – ‘High Hopes’

 

13) Trouble Will Find Me – The National

The key to success is to never mess with a winning formula. With their latest offering The National obey this mantra down to a tee; ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ shows the band are as bleak and sorrowful as ever. Oh, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Listen to – ‘Pink Rabbits’

 

12) Anna – The Courteeners

Liam Fray’s transformation into the 21st century Morrissey continues with an exceptionally well-written third album. The scope of ‘Anna’ is staggering. A marked progression from the bands energetic but slighltly one-dimensional ‘St Jude.’

Listen to – ‘Van Der Graaff’

 

11) Don’t Forget Who You Are – Miles Kane

A big improvement on the slightly disappointing 2011’s Colour of the Trap. This oozes attitude and boundless energy. Kane borrows ideas from the geniuses of Gallagher and Lennon to create a truly exceptional glam-rock record.

Listen to – ‘Better Than That’

 

10) Such Hot Blood – The Airborne Toxic Event

It took a long time coming, but boy was it worth the wait. The Los Angeles’ 5 piece combine the best elements from their first two albums to create a record that is both intensely powerful and soothingly romantic.

Listen to – ‘Elizabeth’

 

9) Kiss land – The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye’s smooth sensual voice dominates this seedy yet mysteriously encapsulating record that is bursting with self-belief and glamour. It’s vulgar, but you just can’t stop listening.

Listen to – ‘Belong To The World’

 

8) Strike Gently – The Virgins

Unfortunately another band with enormous potential swallowed up by the unrelenting music industry. The Virgins threw in the towel this November, but not before they had unleashed this behemoth of a record. Deserving of far greater commercial success.

Listen to – ‘Prima Materia’

 

7) 180 – Palma Violets

A truly frenetic and wildly brilliant debut album that sticks two fingers up at anyone bold enough to proclaim rock and roll is dead. Palma Violets are totally insane, but also extremely gifted.

Listen to – ‘Chicken Dippers’

 

6) Where the Heaven Are We – Swim Deep

Fancy reminiscing over summer evenings spent in a drunken haze? Well look no further than Swim Deep’s beautifully nostalgic and whimsical first album.

Listem to – ‘Honey’

 

5) The Weight Of Your Love – Editors

Dark, moody and brooding, Editors fourth album is a triumphant combination of everything that make the band great. Frontman Tom Smith is unapologetically morbid and awe-inspiringly talented.

Listen to – ‘Formaldehyde’

 

4) Reflektor – Arcade Fire

Rock and Roll is gone, and in its place Arcade Fire have created a masterpiece of dance and pop that will stick long in the mind and gets better with every listen. A brave step in the right direction from the superstars of Montreal.

Listen to – ‘Reflektor’

 

3) In Love – Peace

Psychedelic is back with a bang. Peace’s debut offering is unsurprisingly dominated by romantic gestures, but so powerful it can scarcely fail to leave an impression, and then some.

Listen to – ‘California Daze’

 

2) Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

To put it quite simply, Daft Punk have drawn upon 20 years of experience to create one of the greatest electronic records of all time. An instant classic that will dominate nightclub dance floors and adolescent house parties for years to come.

Listen to – ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’

 

1) AM – Arctic Monkeys

From gawky teenagers from Sheffield to global mega-stars, its clear the only thing that hasn’t changed during Arctic Monkey’s rise to fame is Alex Turner’s confidence in his own brilliance. AM is the culmination of ten years of song writing, and it couldn’t be more perfect.

Listen to – The whole thing!!!

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