No bullshit, let’s just get to the lists! Yes, lists! This year I asked some past contributors & readers to give me their Top Five Albums of 2013. Some have left comments with their lists. So let’s get to the lists — I also threw my hat into the ring!
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5. OST- Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Mostly for the Alan Partridge banter between tracks. Insanely funny stuff from Steve Coogan. Some decent music too. Featuring an eclectic playlist featuring the likes of; The Human League, Glen Campbell, Carly Simon, Sting and OMD.
4. Travis – Where You Stand
Quietly released in August. Solid record from the Glasgow quartet.
3. David Bowie – The Next Day
I’m one of the people who like all eras of Bowie. That’s it.
2. Sigur Rós – Kveikur
Love this band. Everything they’ve done.
1. Steve Earle and The Dukes – The Low Highway
Some of the best songs Steve has written. This record is up there for me with I Feel Alright and El Corazon.
Sebastien, whom I first met at Sausagefest is a talented guy and you will be hearing from him in the future! He’s a musician/ producer/ filmmaker/ Star Trek fan and we’ll be collaborating on something in 2014 for sure. Consider this Seb’s first guest shot.
5. Killswitch Engage – Disarm the Descent
4. Black Sabbath – 13
3. Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – Walk Through Exits Only
2. Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King
1. Protest the Hero – Volition
Tom is our host at Sausagefest, and one of the Jedi Masters who helped instruct me in the ways of Rock. Top Five was simply not possible for this rock warrior.
11. Vista Chino – Peace
10. Motorhead – Aftershock
9. Deep Purple – NOW What?!
8. Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
7. Anthrax – Anthems
6. Voivod – Target Earth
5. Steve Earle – The Low Highway
4. Black Sabbath – 13
3. Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Fans
2. Clutch – Earth Rocker
1. Ghost – Infestissumam
You guys already know Uncle Meat from his numerous lists in the past. Please welcome back the one, the only, the man the myth the legend, Uncle Meat. He’s submitted a Top 8 this year. That’s cool with me.
8. Motorhead – Aftershock
7. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
6. Vista Chino – Peace
5. Ghost – Infestissumam
4. The Sadies – Internal Sounds
3. Black Sabbath – 13
2. Sound City Players – Real to Reel
1. Steve Earle – The Low Highway
I thought I had my Top Five nailed down weeks ago. Then, Aaron threw a spanner in the works by giving me the new Pearl Jam for Christmas. Instantly enamored with this sure-to-be classic, I had to re-think my Top Five.
Then, just two days ago I realized that one of my albums is a 2012 release. But I felt so strongly about it, that I can’t take it out. So here’s a Top Six.
6. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
5. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
4. Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
3. Flying Colors – Flying Colors 2012 release
2. Black Sabbath – 13
1. Deep Purple – NOW What?!
I would also like to give credit to the new self-titled Dream Theater for putting out an album that caused me to rethink this list over and over and over again!
2013 was an interesting and exciting enough year that I’ve decided to do another buncha lists tomorrow! We’ll be looking at movies, television and more. Come back then for some bonus Top 5’s of 2013.
Oh…and HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2014!
FURTHER READING: Check out Aaron’s 2013 lists at the KeepsMeAlive.