Little explanation required here. In the late 90’s everyone suffered from pre-millennium tension. Now, over ten years later, these poor people continue to suffer the stresses and strains of modern …
This is so good.
Judging a country, or the world, by newspapers is like judging a city by spending a night in its A&E ward
An end of year list for 2013
Last year I listed a bunch of my favourite albums from the previous year.
However, looking back at the list, I think that I was too forgiving. I included a few albums that I listened to a lot at the time, but that I’ve barely played since.
So this year I’m going to limit myself to my top 5 – in the hope that being forced to pick my absolute favourites means that these are the records that I’ll still be listening to right through 2014.
In no particular order:
Charli XCX - “True Romance”
I used to, and still do, listen to a lot of Girls Aloud. There was a time (2006-2007ish) when I pretty much only listened to pop music. Pop was having a bit of a renaissance at the time… and then it all went downhill. Now, most ‘pure’ pop music sucks. THANK FUCKING GOD FOR CHARLI XCX. This album is wall-to-wall bangers.
Paramore - “Paramore”
Another great pop album. Note: this is not a rock album. The songs on this record are so silly and yet so brilliant. “Ain’t It Fun” reminds me of Paula Abdul for Christ’s sake. Yes, there are a couple of stinkers on here too – but “Still Into You” is my song of the year so I’m willing to get past those.
Waxahatchee - “Cerulean Salt”
My favourite album of 2013. Smart, sublime and just indie-emo enough.
Kitty Pryde - “D.A.I.S.Y. Rage”
Last year I was in love with Kitty’s “OK Cupid” single. This year I’m in love with the whole of her debut album. A teenage girl from Daytona Beach is writing better raps than most of her contemporaries put together.
Disclosure - “Settle”
I’m not embarrassed by putting the Paramore album on this list, or Charli XCX for that matter. I am however deeply embarrassed by putting Disclosure on here. I want so much to hate this album – it’s the kind of thing you’d expect to hear in H&M while trying on a tshirt with an ironic slogan on it. But I can lie to myself no longer… this is the most fun dance album of the past few years. It certainly blows that boring Daft Punk album out of the water.
Apparently I was really into female-led music this year. Even the Disclosure record has it’s best moments when women take the lead.
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