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.

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