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Off Key With Eric D. presents the Top 13 Albums of 2013!!!

In Recent reviews on December 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Greetings music lover,

After 10 years of compiling a list of the best albums of the year, I’ve elected to move on to other things as, admittedly, said compilation has become very, very time consuming in years with too much or too little good music. This year is, surprisingly enough, one of the latter. Just finding 13 decent albums to make up the Top 13 of 2013 took a staggering weekend, whereas it used to take no more than a few hours. Oh to be young again…. Anyway, take a look below at the (somewhat) finest albums of the year. The second half is pretty darn solid:

13. Manic Street Preachers – “Rewind The Film” [Columbia/Sony]

This is the Manics’ worst album to date, courtesy of its overly-acoustic nature—coming from a band that was, at one point, trying to be Guns N’ Roses, that’s pretty wan—and its overabundance of guest vocalists. Then again, the Manics at their worst is better than most bands at their best.
Key tracks: “4 Lonely Roads (feat. Cate Le Bon),” “Anthem For A Lost Cause,” “30-Year War”

12. CHVRCHES – “The Bones Of What You Believe” [Goodbye/Glassnote]

Easily the debut album of the year, Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES (yes, spelled all caps) slammed into modern music like that one piece of the asteroid from Armageddon took out downtown Paris. However, like that same asteroid, the band fails to reach their full potential as the album’s non-single material just isn’t as exciting as its preceding singles.
Key tracks: “The Mother We Share,” “Lies,” “Recover”

11. Suede – “Bloodsports” (iTunes version) [Sony]

In the history of Britpop, few names stand out as the best and brightest—among the titans: Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Suede. As Oasis imploded and Blur and Pulp are content recycling their back catalogues for occasional reunion shows, Suede is the sole member of the Class of ’94 flying the musical Union Jack full mast. Their latest album is the finest material they’ve put out since 1996’s legendary “Coming Up.” Far from “trash,” indeed.
Key tracks: “Barriers,” “Snowblind,” “Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away”

10. Frightened Rabbit – “Pedestrian Verse” (Deluxe Edition) [Atlantic]

It’s a common story: brilliant indie rock band makes good, joins a major label, then loses much of their charm. The same has unfortunately occurred to Frightened Rabbit in the years since 2010’s monumental “The Winter Of Mixed Drinks.” Many of the songs on this year’s “Pedestrian Verse” are just that—pedestrian. There is good material, really, just not a whole album’s worth like three times before.
Key tracks: “Acts of Man,” “Backyard Skulls,” “Holy,” “Nitrous Gas”

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