Top 10 albums of 2013
The end of the year is here again. As expected, it was jam packed with some great albums. These are my top 10 of 2013.
– By Halifax correspondent: Shayla Miller
10. Monster Truck — Furiosity
I saw these guys back when they opened for Slash in Halifax. What a bunch of rock n’ rollers. Monster Truck give me hope that rock is not dead, but actually thriving quite nicely after it’s brief vacation down in the Bahamas. This is a great rock n’ roll album, lots of head-banging to be had. – See our article 2013 was the year of the TRUCK
9. Woodkid — The Golden Age
There’s just something wildly intriguing aboutÂ Yoann Lemoine’s voice. His songs are crafted in such a way that it makes you want to hear more. Run Boy Run is my jam. No seriously, I’ve listened to it 102 times according to my iTunes.
8. The Sidewalks — Better Later Than Never…. Again!
These guys are awesome. Sadly they’ve decided to part ways, but not before imparting us with this lovely album. It embodies everything The Sidewalks are. Great lyrics, wicked vocals, rad musicianship, and, of course, loads of fun! Not to mention there’s a slick version of Lady Gaga’s ‘Pokerface’.
7. One Direction — Midnight Memories
Now I’m sure some of you are frowning from behind your computer screens, “One Direction? They’re a silly/shitty boy band.” Hey now, jump off your musical high horse for a second and actually take a listen to these songs before you judge. They’re well produced, wonderfully sung, and the guys co-wrote a good chunk of them. Some of the songs feel like filler, but you can’t deny that these guys have talent. (*guilty pleasure alert!!!) Sometimes you just want to listen to well-produced pop music.
6. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown — Wild Child
This is another band that prove to me rock is still doing it’s thing out in the world. The album is incredible, and the more you listen to it, the more you hear. From tight guitar licks, slick drumbeats, fantastic bass lines, it’s all there. Tyler is a very compelling guitarist and front man. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them twice, and I’ll be going again when the opportunity presents itself.
5. Avenged Sevenfold — Hail To The King
Avenged Sevenfold are really channeling old school metal with this album (think Metallica/Iron Maiden etc.), and I dig it. I’ve always had an appreciation for this band because besides being wickedly talented musicians, they’re constantly evolving their sound, and in this album they demonstrate it wonderfully. Matt Shadows’ vocal quality is stronger than ever; the Synyster Gates/Zacky Vengeance guitar duo are in excellent form, with Gates in particular playing some sweet finger flaming solos. Great album!
4. Brandon & Leah — Cronies
This EP is so cute I want to vomit rainbows and butterflies. Okay, not really. But it is a great EP filled with super adorable tracks. Leah’s voice is smooth like butter, and they just overall have a really cool vibe. Fun facts: Leah is the daughter of former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Talent runs through her veins! And Brandon is the son of Bruce Jenner. Whew!
3. Arctic Monkeys — AM
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I gain 100 cool points every time I listen to Arctic Monkeys. This is one of those albums where you really appreciate the flow of it. Everything just fits, feels right, and sounds great. There isn’t a song on this album that I don’t like. They have made a fan out of me!
2. Fall Out Boy — Save Rock and Roll
Ah Fall Out Boy, back after their little hiatus. I was thrilled when they returned to the scene. I know this album has received a lot of negative reviews, but I think it’s just as good, if not better, than some of their older records. So what if they’re not as punk-y as they used to be? Bands evolve, people change. It doesn’t mean that they’re any less passionate than they used to be. Not sure about the song with Courtney Love though. Is she even singing?
1. Thirty Seconds To Mars — Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams
This is a fantastic offering from Thirty Seconds To Mars. They’ve changed up their style to keep things new and fresh, but it still holds true to their sound. I find this album really intriguing, instrumental and non-instrumental songs alike. Normally I’m not one to sit and listen to a three-minute instrumental track. But TSTM compose their songs in such a way that you want to listen. You want to go on that journey with them. The songs take you through four very important points in life: love, lust, faith, and dreams (in case you didn’t catch that form the album title!) This album’s flow is top-notch, making it quite a neat experience. It’s meant to be listened to as a whole. It is a complete piece of music, and it’s breathtaking.
Lost Cause — Lost Cause EP
Panic! At The Disco — Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die
Mega Honorable Turbo Mention:
Trigger Effect — What’s Left To Eliminate?
Trigger Effect have always been a band near and dear to my heart. Their live shows are something you can’t quite explain to people who haven’t experienced it. There is no dull track on this album. Their songs always pack such a brilliant, energetic punch, but most of them are half the length of a standard tune (the album is just under 25 minutes long, with eleven tracks.) Unfortunately last month, the band lost their front man, Nick Babeu, to an accidental death. This loss really struck a cord with me. Nick was such a fantastic person. So talented, charismatic, and an all around stand up guy. We shared some great times, and great conversations. I didn’t feel right putting this album in the list. It needed to be in it’s own category. Because that was Nick, he was in a whole different category. Every single time I saw them live (besides the very first time because we hadn’t met yet) he’d run up to me, grab my head, slam it into the microphone and sing the same part of the same song with me. Every single time. I’m happy I got to know him. He will be truly missed, but his spirit will always live on through his music.
Those are mine. What are your favorite albums of 2013?
By: Shayla Miller
THE SCENE MAGAZINE 2013