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Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #1: twenty|one|pilots – VESSEL…

My number one pick of 2013 hands-down. Before this year I had never even heard of twenty|one|pilots. This is even more odd because I live in their hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Vessel goes from food for thought to primal scream therapy and hits all points in between. Bandmates Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fearless in […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #2: JANELLE MONÁE – THE ELECTRIC LADY…

Janelle Monáe is one of the few modern examples of the true meaning of the word “artist”. The Electric Lady is her second major album, and contains the 4th and 5th “suites” of her ongoing Metropolis saga. Like the 1930s movie of the same name, the story explores a future where there is a frightening divide […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #3: LORDE – PURE HEROINE…

There’s a saying that goes “when a man screams, you must learn to whisper”. That saying pretty much sums up the success of New Zealand newcomer Lorde’s surprise smash of the year “Royals”. In the middle of many songs that are produced as loud and pushed to the max as possible, songs about partying til […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #4: TEGAN AND SARA – HEARTTHROB…

Here’s one I didn’t see coming. As I stated in my original review, I only knew of a couple of Tegan and Sara songs before this year. For Heartthrob, the girls decided to try on a pop sheen and see what that could do for their already great songwriting. Much to many hipsters’ dismay, their […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #5: DAFT PUNK – RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES…

Daft Punk’s return after a long absence was hyped up as possibly the musical event of the year. While they might have been overshooting by just a tad, they did work their way into the mainstream this year while making an album nothing like what people expected. The guys stretch out here melding their classic […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #6: FRANZ FERDINAND – RIGHT THOUGHTS, RIGHT WORDS, RIGHT ACTION…

Franz Ferdinand’s first album in 4 years is everything I could want in a Franz album. It has the high energy guitar licks, the quirky and instantly catchy choruses, witty lyrics and a type of nerdy funk that this band does right. Like with the band’s past albums, all of which I love, they have […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #7: PRINCE – THE 2013 COLLECTION (A CD-R OF HIS BEST 2013 SINGLE RELEASES)…

Yes, this is kind of cheating. I don’t care. It’s my list. I have had two different configurations of songs burned to CD-R this year, both arranged for most effective playback funkiness. My most current configuration is called “The 2013 Collection”. Coupled with a cover photo culled from a fashion magazine that had Prince with […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #8: GROUPLOVE – SPREADING RUMOURS…

After L.A. band Grouplove released one of my favorite albums so far this decade, Never Trust a Happy Song, I had really high expectations for their followup. Grouplove’s formation was a strange one. Vocalist Christian Zucconi met Hannah Hooper in Manhattan, Hannah invited Christian to an artists’ retreat in Greece, and the members met there […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #9: ARCADE FIRE – REFLEKTOR…

The much anticipated new album by Montreal’s Arcade Fire turned more than a few heads. Some reacted in sheer horror at first single, the title track “Reflektor”, having a rhythm somewhere between Remain In Light-era Talking Heads and disco. This of course has much to do with a large portion of the album being produced […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #10: NINE INCH NAILS – HESITATION MARKS…

Trent Reznor and company really surprised us this year. Pretty much the same day he released a new album with his side project How To Destroy Angels, Trent took to the web to announce that a new Nine Inch Nails album was on its way. He also spoke of reimagining what the band should be. […]