My Favorite Albums of 2013

So, I wrote this mid-December… but never posted it. So here it is… my favorite albums of 2013…

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It’s nearly the end of the year, and it’s time to share my favorite albums/songs of the year. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but merely highlights of all the albums/songs that I’ve been obsessed with at some point this past year.

Above all, there was one band/album I was completely and absolutely obsessed with and wasn’t shy about it… Bastille and their debut album, Bad Blood. Even before it was released, I was already obsessed with what I had heard, and never stopped listening to it once it was finally released. I saw the guys play two shows in LA, and had a chance to meet them when they stopped by ALT 98.7fm, and they’re equally amazing live, and incredibly hilarious, humble and gracious. Nice lads. If you don’t have Bad Blood, you’re missing out – but don’t get it just yet… they’re releasing a deluxe version of the album called All This Bad Blood soon – hold out for it as it’s loaded with more goodness, including their epically awesome mash-up “Of The Night.” I wish they’d release their mash-up of “We Can’t Stop” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from BBC Radio’s Live Lounge.

Here’s my favorite song from the album (right now):

Another album, or albums, that captivated me for the better part of 2013 was Between and Between Us by Frankmusik. I’ve been a longtime fan of Vincent and his songwriting and producing, and with Between/Between Us, he’s back on form. They’re my favorite albums of 2013 that you’ve probably not heard… and he’s not done yet! He’s a workaholic and will release new music soon. And he does it all by himself…. he writes, plays, sings, produces and releases all this music himself. He’s everything that’s right with pop music.

Anyway, those were my two favorite albums of 2013… here are the rest:

BastilleAll This Bad Blood
FrankmusikBetween and Between Us
OneRepublicNative
New Politics – A Bad Girl in Harlem
The 1975The 1975
RudimentalHome
Macklemore and Ryan LewisThe Heist
London GrammarIf You Wait
The NeighbourhoodI Love You.
TravisWhere You Stand
CHVRCHESBones of What You Believe
Arcade FireReflektor
LordePure Heroine
The Civil WarsThe Civil Wars
HAIMDays Are Gone
Panic At The DiscoToo Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die
Ben HowardEvery Kingdom

 What are some of your favorite albums of 2013?

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The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away” Music Video

Here’s the brand new and incredibly uncomfortable music video for ‘The One That Got Away”, the first single from The Civil Wars since their divorce-like split.

This is a beautiful music video. It’s what we’ve come to expect from The Civil Wars – a minimal, classy music video that speaks to the emotion and sentiment of the song. And one in which the music and emotions are the main focus of the video as they are in the song.

It’s difficult to distinguish whether the footage is a music video that was staged, or a real behind-the-scenes look at them recording the song. It’s well documented that the duo went through a rough patch that led to a hiatus. And they quietly reunited, released this single, announced their follow up album without speaking much about their hiatus or the causes. This all adds to the mystery and allure, which is beautiful captured in the uncomfortableness of the music video. And I like it.

 

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The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away”

Several months ago, the folk-duo The Civil Wars said they were going on hiatus due to “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition”, to the dismay of many fans. Joy Williams and John Paul White had a very successful and critically acclaimed debut album, Barton Hollow, which earned the pair two Grammy Awards. They won a third Grammy for “Safe And Sound”, their collaboration with Taylor Swift for The Hunger Games Soundtrack.

So the news of their “hiatus” was troubling and disheartening, especially given the language used. But, alas, the duo is back and will be releasing a new album, which will be called The Civil Wars. They released the first single from the album, which is a beautiful song called “The One That Got Away”.

I’m really super excited that Joy and John Paul worked out their differences and are back to creating beautiful music. I’m a fan and eagerly awaiting their new album.

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