Melissa Etheridge once said “Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore”. It is very tempting to look at ‘Give The People What They Want’ as singer Sharon Jones’ response to overcoming the pancreatic cancer she was diagnosed with in mid-2013.
The title track of Springsteen’s new album High Hopes kicks off with an energy reminiscent of 2012’s Wrecking Ball. Unfortunately the energy of this cover (originally released on 1995’s ‘Blood Brothers’ EP) is lacking from much of the rest of the disc.
Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow is virtually unrecognisable on his second album. After a folk-leaning debut that was well-received, he’s changed tack totally. The guitars have taken a back seat as he moves more into the sphere of alt-folk characterised by the soft atmospheric glow of Bon Iver’s self titled sophomore release.
Anyone can pull off a reunion tour ad make it successful. Hell, Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block managed to gross over 40 million from their 2011 tour! What is much harder is to follow that up with new material. Even The Rolling Stones, one of the most successful groups of all time
10. James Blake: ‘Overgrown’ ‘Overgrown’ treads new ground on the periphery of the alt-RnB path trod by a growing number of artists recently (think Frank Ocean and The Weeknd) and at times wandering surprisingly close to Radiohead's recent work. Atmospheric, hauntingly beautiful and more soulful than Yorke’s vocals, Blake’s sophomore album is immeasurably
20. Kurt Vile: Wakin On A Pretty Daze Pretty is probably the most appropriate word from the title of Kurt Vile’s fifth album. Laid back, simple and yes, pretty, ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ is an impossibly charming album that calms everyone who hears its songs. Filled with lyrical life lessons from the
30. HAIM: Days Are Gone It would be easy to hate this perfectly polished pop collection. Easy if it wasn’t so damned good. Catchy, upbeat and fun, this is an undeniably addictive record filled with some of the year’s best pop tracks (see ‘The Wire’ to hear what we mean) and made all
40. The Strypes: Snapshot Perfectly capturing the sounds of 60s RnB this group of young teens have created an unapologetic album filled with youthful exuberance. Yes, it’s not particularly intellectual but there’s something endearing about the way they roll along with standard riffs, chord progressions, rocking guitar solos and naïve lyrics. Following
Here it is ladies and gentlemen, our Top 50 Albums of 2013. You might not agree but we think these were the best of the best from Australia and around the world.
Was it ever going to be possible for Kings Of Leon to bounce back from the embarrassment that was ‘Come Around Sundown’? Such a disappointment after the blistering success of ‘Only By The Night’ wreaked havoc on the band’s fan base and must have surely done the same to their confidence.