I personally think 2013 has been a fantastic year for music, and it was really hard to pick my top 10, but here it is, along with my top 3 tracks from each album, for your enjoyment:
10. Snapshot by The Strypes
Snapshot is filled to the brim with catchy, upbeat tunes which will be stuck in your head for days and have this kind of energy that’s almost infectious. Despite the young of the band members, it’s clear that the Irish young lads clearly know a thing or two about 60s blues and 70s pub rock bands like Dr Feelgood, and can deliver the songs brilliantly live.
Band members: Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh
Release date: 9th September 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Hometown Girls, What A Shame, Blue Collar Jane
9. Comedown Machine by The Strokes
Despite the lack of publicity and no follow-up tour (something which angered many Strokes fans like myself), The Strokes’ fifth album Comedown Machine was brilliant. Although this album is very different to Is This It and in fact all of the other Strokes’ albums, it’s still wonderful and although that appears to be quite a controversial opinion, I stick by it.
Band Members: Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti
Release Date: 25th March 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Call It Fate Call It Karma, Welcome To Japan, One Way Trigger
8. Wish To Scream by Tribes
I know that Wish To Scream was not very well received by most people, even people who’d loved the band’s debut album Baby, and their follow-up did not even crack the top 40, and perhaps this was the reason for the band’s split (something I wrote a blog post about previously https://lucylikesbands.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/tribes-split-up-and-emotions-occur/), but nevertheless I absolutely adore this album, possibly even more than Baby. I feel like this album is just more honest and raw, along with a more emotional vibe which I think works beautifully with Johnny’s voice, and I for one, am still devastated that I’ll never see this album performed live again.
Band members: Johnny Lloyd, Dan White, Jim Cratchley and Miguel Demelo
Release date: 30th May 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Dancehall, It Never Ends, One Eye Shut
7. Drenge by Drenge
Drenge, in my opinion, is the perfect album for a sulky teenager like myself, as it has the kind of punky skattered vibe that we crave, and after seeing them support Peace at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, I can safely say that the songs all sound fantastic live.
Band members: Eoin and Rory Loveless
Release date: 19th August 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Fuckabout, People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck, Bloodsports
6. Don’t Forget Who You Are by Miles Kane
Miles Kane’s second album Don’t Forget Who You Are is filled with the infectious energy that perhaps his debut album Colour Of The Trap lacked, and I think this is fantastic in showing how Miles seems to be moving forwards with his sound without changing into a different artist. Personally, I adore both albums and can’t pick a favourite, but I do think that his first album is more emotional whereas his second is more energetic but still contains the same feel as the first one, which has worked brilliantly in his favour as it ensures that he’s not sounding to “samey” but hasn’t changed too dramatically. Not only this, but the songs from the new album work fantastically live.
Release date: 3rd June 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Darkness In Our Hearts, Give Up, Fire In My Heart
5. Days Are Gone by Haim
Haim’s debut album has received a lot of criticism from the press saying it sounds too produced, which I agree with for sure, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think that some bands would not be able to pull off that kind of sound, but the three sisters from LA seem to be able to do it perfectly in my opinion and their album is filled with catchy songs that could rightfully be compared with the likes of Fleetwood Mac.
Band members: Danielle, Este and Alana Haim
Release date: 27th September 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Don’t Save Me, Honey And I, The Wire
4. Where The Heaven Are We by Swim Deep
Where The Heaven Are We is a beautifully atmospheric album that almost takes the listener away, as weird as that sounds. It’s the type of album you’d listen to when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep-it’s calming, subtly uplifting, stunning.
Band members: Austin Williams, Cavan McCarthy, Tom “Higgy” Higgins and Zachary Robinson
Release date: 5th August 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Soul Trippin, She Changes The Weather, King City
3. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires Of The City is a work of pure beauty in my opinion. All the songs are so different to each other, but a theme of subtle sadness runs through them from obviously somber Hudson to seemingly happy but still holds an aspect of sadness in the message, Diane Young. Perfect to listen to on a summer’s evening, for some reason.
Band members: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio
Release date: 6th May 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Step, Unbelievers, Diane Young
2. In Love by Peace
In Love is a fantastic mix of upbeat, catchy riff-filled belters and softer, more raw tracks. Not only does this album transfer amazingly into a live set, but it’s also perfect to listen to at home with the lights off with a more chilled out atmosphere. In Love much like their fellow B-Town band Swim Deep’s album Where The Heaven Are We, has some very atmospheric moments, such as in songs like California Daze and Float Forever, but those moments are dispersed through real belters like Lovesick and Wraith.
Band members: Harrison and Sam Koisser, Doug Castle and Dominic Boyce
Release date: 25th March 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Float Forever, Wraith, Lovesick
1. AM by Arctic Monkeys
I could talk for years about my opinions on AM, and some of them I’ve already written about in another blog post (https://lucylikesbands.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/evolution-of-the-monkeys/) so I won’t go too deeply into my opinions or this post would be far too long. But in short, I think this album is incredible, and every single track on it is an utter masterpiece.
Band members: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders
Release date: 9th September 2013
My top 3 tracks from the album: Mad Sounds, Do I Wanna Know?, Snap Out Of It
5 Albums Which Very Nearly Made My Top 10:
Reflektor by Arcade Fire, Sequel To The Prequel by Babyshambles, BE by Beady Eye, Mechanical Bull by Kings Of Leon, 180 by Palma Violets.