Review of 2013 – LPs 21-50
Time to bring the navel gazing to an end and start the longest countdown of LPs I’ve ever attempted with numbers 21-50 of my top, ahem, 50.
21 Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
22 Poltergeist – Your Mind Is A Box (Let Us Fill It With Wonder)
23 The Kissaway Trail – Breach
24 Julian Cope- Revolutionary Suicide
25 Hookworms – Pearly Mystic
26 The Grand Gestures – Second
27 The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
28 Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – Last Night on Earth
29 The Pastels – Slow Summits
30 Goldheart Assembly – Long Distance Song Effects
31 Thula Borah – Qualia
32 Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
33 Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
34 TOY – Join The Dots
35 Kitchens of Distinction – Folly
36 Anna Calvi – One Breath
37 The House of Love – She Paints Words in Red
38 Algernon Doll – Citalo Pop
39 Mogwai – Les Revenants
40 Robbie Lesiuk – Nobody’s Listening
41 Agnes Obel – Aventine
42 The Pictish Trail – Secret Soundz Vol, 2
43 Arcade Fire – Reflektor
44 My Bloody Valentine – m b v
45 The Strangers Almanac – Those Tremendous Mountains
46 Deafheaven – Sunbather
47 Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart
48 Edwyn Collins – Understated
49 Daughter – If You Leave
50 The Primevals – Heavy War
What surprises me is how much I like some of these records, yet, for one reason for another, I can’t find room for them in my Top 20. There’s no doubt that many of these records would have been Top 20, probably higher, in recent years.
On the flip side, this part of the list also captures a number of follow-ups for which I had high hopes. Not that the records are without merit but I had hoped for more from Lee Ranaldo, TOY and Anna Calvi based on their most recent efforts. Whilst Arcade Fire did make it onto the list I really don’t know what to make of ‘Reflektor’ although the fact that I’m still listening to it is a good sign as the second play took over a month to actually happen.
Perhaps even more surprising though is the list of LPs that didn’t make it even into my top 50. But British Sea Power, Chelsea Light Moving, Disappears, Flaming Lips, Fuzzy Lights, Cate Le Bon, No Age and The Paradise Motel all came well short of what I was looking for.
Posted on December 28, 2013, in Records and tagged 2013, Agnes Obel, Albums, Algernon Doll, Anna Calvi, Arcade Fire, Daughter, Deafheaven, Edwyn Collins, Eels, Frightened Rabbit, Goldheart Assembly, Hookworms, Julian Cope, Kitchens of Distinction, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, LPs, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Poltergeist, Rick Redbeard, Robbie Lesiuk, The Besnard Lakes, The Grand Gestures, The House of Love, The Kissaway Trail, The Pastels, The Pictish Trail, The Primevals, The Strangers Almanac, Thula Borah, TOY, Waxahatchee. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.