My top 10 Albums of 2013:
I was asked by (sic) Magazine to compile my favourite ten records released this year. 2013 saw some surprise comebacks (David Bowie, The Strokes), a Psych revival (Hookworms, The Lucid Dream, The Dead Meadow) and the rise of female-fronted rock (Savages, HAIM, Pins), and picking highlights is extremely difficult. Nevertheless, here are the ten albums which stick out for me at this moment in time, for an array of different reasons, but with the one common factor being that I think they are all great records.
1. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
After initially restricting their releases to limited pressings, the first full album of the Brooklyn-based garage-punk band was released this year. With shades of The Strokes, The Fall, The Libertines and even a hint of At The Drive-In, and containing pop gems like ‘Borrowed Time’ and ‘Careers In Combat’ from start to finish, we can all be thankful this album was finally made available to a wider, grateful audience, which will doubtless now swell in 2014 and beyond.
You can read other (sic) Magazine contributors’ Albums of 2013 here.