This probably won’t identify with most, but that’s okay. It’s not about identifying with people, unless you are told by your boss that it is. I’m really hoping he doesn’t read this.
I’m a fairly organized person, and I try to check out a lot of new music. I always end up falling back into my indie rock comfort zone, but it’s probably too late in my life for any dynamic changes to what’s always been in my soul. Before I make it formal, I should say that these are the 10 albums that I enjoyed the most. That’s the simple criteria. Without further babbling, here’s my Top 10 Albums of 2013.
#10 Mechanical Bull Kings of Leon
I can’t believe they made my list, but I can’t deny that I dig it. I’ve hated everything this band has done over the last 5 years. This isn’t to the level of their awesome first three albums, but it’s mostly back to the real Kings of Leon and not the polished mainstream crap they put out with “Only by the Night” and “Come Around Sundown”.
#9 You Knew Mother Falcon
You probably don’t know Mother Falcon. I feel like you will soon. They’re a 15+ member band from Austin and they bring the heat with a style that most are calling chamber rock. I’m a sucker for horns, and they go hard with the brass, strings, and vocals. “Pink Stallion” and “When it was Good” are the tracks I recommend the most. Very cool album!
#8 Absolute Zero Little Green Cars
This band’s first album has been well received thanks to tracks like “The John Wayne” and “Harper Lee”. My early comparison for them is Mumford and Sons with more electric guitar. They’ll be on the rise and probably on the mainstream charts if they put out another solid album.
#7 The Olms The Olms
Pete Yorn’s newest project ended up being a decent success. He teamed up with his buddy J.D. King and recorded an album at King’s home. “Wanna Feel It” and “On the Line” are the standout tracks. It’s just a nice easy listen, that really doesn’t feel like something that’s been created in the last few decades. It almost sounds like a 60s record.
#6 On Oni Pond Man Man
Compared to their other albums, this is actually down on my list of favorite Man Man discs, but On Oni Pond proves that Man Man can play ball in the pop music field as well. Make no mistake, they are a strange group of mofo’s, but songs like “Head On” and “Loot My Body” are made for radio.
#5 Dear Miss Lonelyhearts Cold War Kids
Another band that has grown up is the Cold War Kids. The album starts with the extremely catchy “Miracle Mile”, and then transitions into “Lost That Easy”. “Jailbirds” is the other track I’d highly recommend. Every two years, they’re down to crank out a record that has a 60% conversion rate. It’s an enjoyable listen.
#4 Spreading Rumours Grouplove
After my first three listens, I still didn’t like this record…but then something clicked. This disc has climbed up the rankings, because i’ve been giving it a few more shots and it’s really damn good. The band that was in the iPhone commercials for “Tongue Tied” came back with a little more polished sound, which threw me off at first. “Borderlines and Aliens”, “Ways to Go”, “Shark Attack”, and “Bitin’ The Bullet” are the go-to tracks, although the entire album is stout.
#3 Reflektor Arcade Fire
This one is really hard to explain, because Arcade Fire went all over the map on this double album. Come to think of it, they go all over the map on all their albums, but there was something incredibly risky about this one. “Here Comes the Night Time” and “Normal Person” are the jams I like the most. It may take a few listens to fully understand what the heck is going on, but once you do, it’s incredibly gratifying.
#2 Yes It’s True The Polyphonic Spree
My 2nd favorite band makes their first full release in 7 years with “Yes It’s True”, and I couldn’t be more pleased with their finished product. It’s a little different than prior albums, in which tracks could easily be 6 or 7 minutes long at the least. This one has a more poppy sound, but the dynamic and sonic boom of the Spree is still there. “You Don’t Know Me”, “Popular By Design”, “Hold Yourself Up”, and “Heart Talk” are my choice picks, but it’s really 11 songs of perfection. Just a great album! Also, if you haven’t seen them live, go check them out this upcoming Saturday at the Lakewood Theatre for their annual Christmas gig. They’ll play a set of holiday songs, plus a full rock set as well. These are my homies.
#1 Trouble Will Find Me The National
It was going to take something incredibly special for me to not have The Polyphonic Spree at #1. “Trouble Will Find Me” is that special thing. The National are that rare band that may have never made a bad track ever. I mean that when I say that, and I say that without them being a Top 5 favorite band of mine. “Don’t Swallow The Cap”, “Sea of Love”, “Graceless”, and “Humiliation” are the must hear tracks.
Alright, so there’s my Top 10 of 2013. Honorable mentions to Justin Timberlake, Childish Gambino, Portugal, The Man, Franz Ferdinand, and Eminem, but the ten listed above are the albums I enjoyed the most this year. Feel free to mark this blog post under “who gives a crap”.
Kevin Turner is the Producer of the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan, heard weekdays 2-6PM. He’s also a co-host of Fan Jam heard weekends on 105.3 The Fan. Kevin just got a juicer, so look for him to be more physically fit in the coming months. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @ktfuntweets. KT wants you to know that he loves you.
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