Late to the table with this but as many will know, I kinda take these things seriously!
I’m not ordering all of these albums because I’m not sure there has been one clear choice all year. I’ve been quite obsessive about a lot of albums over the last twelve months, but many of them have fallen by the wayside so this list is made up of those I’ve come back to time and time again.
1. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
2. The Walkmen – Heaven
3. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
4. Grimes – Visions
5. Matthew E. White – Big Inner
6. Grizzly Bear – Shields
7. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
8. The Men – Open Your Heart
9. Woods – Bend Beyond
10. Beach House – Bloom, Sharon Van Etten – Tramp, Calexico – Algiers, Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
OK so I’ve cheated, but those last four are pretty good all said.
I’m not sure it’s been a better year than 2011 but it’s certainly been a year for ‘back to basics’ guitar, bass and drums which is why Japandroids stands out from the rest. Just a joyous, celebratory album from start to finish…as the title suggests.
New Year resolutions? Get better at blogging more often. Might even get that book idea started. And Pilates. The Alexander Technique stuff is doing wonders, but in 2013 I don’t plan any more disc slips! And to aid in that, less time behind a desk and more time having conversations. Email as a last resort rather than first stop.