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2013 Albums

Remarkably 2013 provides a list that stretches to no fewer than FIFTY albums (and a fair few were left out.)

But, it’s a bit of an odd list. Whilst more than half the acts that made the top 10 appear in a top 10 for the first time (a good thing), it doesn’t feel that strong a list. A well deserved number one though!

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1              Adam Stafford – Imaginary Walls Collapse
2              Throwing Muses – Purgatory/Paradise
3              Low – The Invisible Way
4              Wire – Change Becomes Us
5              Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
6              The Paranoid Style – The Power of Our Proven System
7              The Spook School – Dress Up
8              Desert Hearts – Enturbulation = No Challenge
9              Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
10           Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

I think that the year can be summed up by the fact that there were a lot of good records in 2013 but perhaps fewer great ones than normal. The one that sticks out for me is Low’s placing at 3 – that surprises me now.

As seems to increasingly be the case there are only three late discoveries which I think would merit a place in the Top 20 – and the Firestations album is a VERY recent find:

Nightmare Air – High In The Lasers
PINS – Girls Like Us
Firestations – Never Closer

The original post on the Top 10 – [Numbers 11-20] [Numbers 21-50]

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2014 Albums

Another list of 50 albums this year (I actually make it 51) but definitely a different balance in terms of quality.

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  1. The Phantom Band – Strange Friend [Review]
  2. The Everlasting Yeah – Anima Rising [Review]
  3. James King & The Lonewolves – Lost Songs of the Confederacy [Review]
  4. Split Single – Fragmented World [Review]
  5. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin [Review]
  6. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling [Review]
  7. Malcolm Middleton/David Shrigley – Music & Words
  8. Mogwai – Rave Tapes
  9. Deathcats – All Hail Deathcats!
  10. King Post Kitsch – Sheep on a Beach

In contrast with 2013, I think that this is a cracking top 10 with some great records. However Nos 11-20 definitely feel a bit odd now – there’s a few I would have thought would have been a lot higher – particularly the Mirror Trap only at 17.

Again there were only a couple of late discoveries but they would definitely have been pushing for the Top 10:

Githead – Waiting for a Sign
Vic Godard & Subway Sect – 1979 Now!

The original post on the Top 10. [Numbers 11-51]

2015/16 to follow soon!

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