Top of 2013
Top Sellers of 2013
The results are in, we have constructed lists of last years top sellers. Click on each of the links to open up each chart.
Employee Top of 2013
Below you can find our favorite releases from 2013. We only had two rules when creating the list. 1. The release could only be released in the year of 2013. 2. The release could not be a reissue (unless new material was added to the disc or collection). However if we wanted to mention any title as an "Honorable Mention" we could. We define an Honorable Mention as any title that we either A: started listening to in 2013 but the title breaks rule number 1 by being released in a previous year or B: a reissue that breaks rule 2.
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In Alphabetical order
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
In Alphabetical order
|Natalie's Favorites of 2013
|Dayna's Top 10 of 2013||Shannon's Top 10 of 2013
1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Horable Mentions:Mumford and Sons - Babel
In Alphabetical order
|Corey’s 2013 Notable Releases||WILL'S TOP 5 OF 2013|
|1. Volto! – Incitare
This release is one of the best rock albums in a long time. The band is comprised of Danny Carey (Drums), Lance Morrison (Bass), and John Ziegler (Guitar) and features Jaff Babko and keyboards. The music could be considered “Jam Rock” or “Fusion” and the band draws on the influences of musicians such as Tony Williams and Lenny White. From Carey’s thundering and technical drumming ability, to Ziegler’s thick, layered, and incredible guitar work, to Morrison’s muddy deep bass, this album has great movement and strange yet settling chord and melodic progressions. If you have the chance to, go see them live. This is the only band I have seen that sounds better live than on disc. You can literally feel the air rushing past you. The exclamation point is no accident. This is Volto!
2. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
Miley Cyrus was my favorite pop artist this year and I do not use the term “artist” as a passing phrase. Ever since she cut her hair, and the whole VMA thing (the foam finger was hilarious), Cyrus has received a backlash of attention regarding her well-being and that “nice little girl she used to be”. I saw her actions as artistic and social statements about our media and the expectations of young women. Cyrus is supposed to be this wholesome, southern belle, Disney princess but she is obviously trying to move away from that. Based on this she purposely took on the sexualization of women expected from those in the media and drove it to the extreme (“4X4 and away we go” - 4X4).
“Wrecking Ball” is a perfect metaphor for her actions and attempts to be her own person or musical act (a.k.a. pop star). It is an attempt to smash the expectations others have of her or what she should be, as she tries to break through and be who she really is. This is art. It could be intentional or unintentional, but it is still present and ripe for analysis. Miley Cyrus receives the 2013 Joaquin Phoenix Award*.
*see “I’m Still Here” (film)
Honorable Mentions (Reissues):
1. Synergy (Larry Fast) – Catalogue
2. Stan Bush & Barrage – S/T
|1. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
A certain someone at the bottom of this list once said "One thing that pop music is good for is remembering that somewhere inside us is the potential for unvanquishable joy". I can think of no better description for 'Closer', the lead track on Heartthrob: pure, unvanquishable joy. On the strength of this song alone, any album that contained it would warrant a place among the best of the year, but apparently that wasn't enough for Tegan and Sara Quin because every single song on this album is legitimately amazing. If you haven't heard this yet you are doing yourself an actual disservice.
There was a solid month and a half during which I listened to nothing but this album. Maybe you're reading this and thinking to yourself, "oh, he's just exaggerating for effect." I'm not.
If you had told me in 2012 that we were getting a new Neko Case album the next year and it was only going to be my third favorite album, I probably would have hit you, BUT HERE WE ARE.
Genuinely surprised at how great this album was. The talent on display here would be impressive coming from an older musician, but from a 16 year old, it's downright terrifying.
Ranking this one pretty conservatively because I've had less time to digest it than the others, but no question at all that it belongs on the list.
The only reason this didn't make the list proper was because it's a reissue and it feels against the spirit of a 'best of the year' list to rank an album that was released 10 years ago (otherwise, NUMBER ONE IN A HEARTBEAT). An exceptionally tremendous album from a man who produces nothing but absolutely tremendous albums. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess! West Texas! West Texas! West Texas!