9 December 2013

Eddie's top 20 of 2013 - The geek continues......

Just like Luke - I too have been putting up my album's of the year for many a moon (stop laughing in the back!!!!) and as shown last year, I have a sort of different view when it comes to my own album's of the year - I tend to just put albums that I have purchased or heard for the first time in a given year.  For the collective blog top album of 2013, I have relented and that will be just albums that have been released in 2013; and because of this I have actually found that I have over 20 albums in that have been released to make a top 20.  It is a strange feeling for me personally to be able to do this, but here we go.

PS - Just like Luke, here is a link to a playlist from Spotify (for albums that are on Spotify - if they are not I will be adding a link to where you can hear them):

20 - Midlake - Antiphon

Coming back from the loss of their main song writer and vocalist would break lesser band, but not Midlake.  The change has been a blessing in disguise for them and this was a brilliant late edition to an already massive

Here is a link to the blog review

19 - Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

We were all under the impression that Trent Reznor had walked away from NIN; but like a Superhero bad guys he brought it back from the dead.  As returns go, it could not have gone better. It is as if he had never really been away.

Here is a link to the blog review

18 - Biffy Clyro - Opposites

It is rare that a double album works in this day and age, but in January the Biffy boys did just that.  The growth in confidence was good enough to get them onto the top of the UK charts.  Mon the Biff....

Here is a link to the blog review

17 - Palms - Palms

This is one of my regrets for the blog; I got this wrong when I first reviewed it.  It is so much better than I thought at the time; it is a massive slab of post-metal which has rightly been given universal praise.  Even I can be wrong....

Here is a link to my review which was off the mark - would have got an 8 if done now 

16 - Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild

From out of Manchester this was released very quietly, but it should have been heralded as one of the underground success stories.  A beautiful follow up to the wonderful "Cadenza".

Here is a link to the blog

15 - Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows

Born out of the ashes of The Mars Volta, no other band has terrified me in performance as these guys have. A debut of near perfection.

Here is a link to the review 

14 - They Might Be Giants - Nanobots

The masters of strange pop songs are back, with this being their 16th album.  25 songs of variant length and style - but it is a quirky album that will keep the faithful happy and are a joy to the ear.

Here is a link to the blog 

13 - Drugnaut - Drugnaut

Coming from deepest darkest Newcastle upon Tyne, you have this small piece of doom & sludge that rocked my world over the summer.  Having played many gigs up and down the UK, the future is looking good for them in 2014.

12 - VerseChorusVerse - VerseChorusVerse

Purchased as part of a pledge, this album has my most favourite song with "Three" and when it is on general release.  It was a less-ego driven project that was wonderfully personal.

Here is a link to the blog - there is no link for the music - will update it as soon as VCV release something

11 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer

Never dropping below manic, these men have thrown down a colossal album that kept the good work of their last few releases going. It is one of their more accessible works, but don't be fooled into thinking they have softened in old age - it is just the opposite.

Here is a link to the blog 

10 - Exxasens - Satellite

More Spanish post rock joy, with an ability to send the heart into joy.  When it comes to creating something that literately feels like it could be the soundtrack to a space journey, these guys have made an extraordinary statement here.

Here is a link to the review 

 9 - David Bowie - The Next Day

This was the comeback that no-one expected.  Showing a more vulnerable side of his soul, this album is one of the biggest events and releases of 2013.  It also has the most lazy artwork of 2013 as well.

Here is a link to the blog 

 8 - Waheela - Amber

With this their fourth release, Newcastle based Waheela have released a more matured and striking set that is quite simply stunning.

Here is a link to the blog 

Waheela's work is not on Spotify, but here is a like to Amber from their Soundcloud page 

 7 - MIA - Matangi

Dropping pipe bomb dreams of musical goodness, MIA showed that she can actually deliver the goods as well as the statements with this release.  This is the most surprising album of the year to be honest.

Here is a link to the review 

 6 - The National - Trouble Will Find Me

From New York came this little slice of indie misery, back on form after their last album this drew deep from that dark well of evil that powers The National.

Here is a link to the blog 

 5 - Dropkick Murphys - Signed & Sealed In Blood

With a fire in their belly like a more annoyed Pogues, with heaps of charm as well; Boston's finest came out fighting this year and proved why they are one of the best punk band's going.

Here is a link to the review 

 4 - AFI - Burials

After their last release 'Crash Love', things were not looking good for the dark punk mob, but 'Burials' prove that they still have it in them to release a punk classic.  

Here is a link to the blog 

 3 - Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat

Britain’s most exciting rap act came back with this third slice of heaven that blows away their first two albums which I hold classics.  Almost too perfect, it is a jaw dropping piece of art.  Also, has the most messed up cover of the year as well.

Here is a link to the blog

 2 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

So minimal it hurts, Nick Cave and his ministerial of evil spawn dropped this with all the casual grace of a bomb.  It has grown with each listen for me and was so close to actually being the album of the year.

You can read the review here 

 1 We Are Knuckle Dagger - The Drone

This album is quite simply stunning; it is a massive piece of noise that will have weaker mortals running for cover.  All conquering and towering in delivery.  Perfect.

You can read the review here 

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