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!
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
Another list of 50 albums this year (I actually make it 51) but definitely a different balance in terms of quality.
- The Phantom Band – Strange Friend [Review]
- The Everlasting Yeah – Anima Rising [Review]
- James King & The Lonewolves – Lost Songs of the Confederacy [Review]
- Split Single – Fragmented World [Review]
- Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin [Review]
- We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling [Review]
- Malcolm Middleton/David Shrigley – Music & Words
- Mogwai – Rave Tapes
- Deathcats – All Hail Deathcats!
- 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!
2015/16 to follow soon!