31 December 2013

Top of the Pops - 2013

Every year I spend the majority of October, November and December listening back to all of the records I've bought from that year in an attempt to rate them all and eventual concoct a "Top Albums of the Year" list.  I have no idea why I insist on doing this every year, these days it is more out of habit than enjoyment.  But...I've gone and done it again.  So below are my Top 20 Albums of 2013 in reverse order.  There have been some excellent releases this year, but for me, it was a debut album which stole my heart...

20. Poliça - Shulamith
19. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
18. Money - Shadow of Heaven
17. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
16. Savages - Silence Yourself
15. Jagwar Ma - Howlin'
14. James Blake - Overgrown
13. Low - The Invisible Way
12. Young Fathers - Tape Two
11. Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen
10. Superchunk - I Hate Music
9. The Men - New Moon
8. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
7. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
6. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
5. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
4. Local Natives - Hummingbird
3. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
2. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
1. Daughter - If You Leave

A couple of side notes...

Clearly, I haven't listened to every album released this year, these are just my favourites from those that I have heard.  Notable releases which I haven't heard are those from David Bowie (criminally), Arcade Fire (too expensive), and Kurt Vile (got it for Christmas), so this list will probably alter in a month or so.  Finally, I have provided links to all of the albums in the list so you can check them out for yourself.

Happy New Year, I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!

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