Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Talent's Year End Catch Up: 2013

Now that I finally have some free time, I've spent tireless hours listening to some of the most talked about albums of the year and some that maybe weren't talked about as much. So before I release my best of 2013 list's, here's one last catch up on what I missed.

Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe (Nov. 12th): 
With an excellent blend of R&B and Hip-hop,
Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe is on of the most
pleasantly surprising records of the year.

Death Grips - Government Plates (Nov. 19th):
The title of the final track on Government Plates,
Whatever I Want (Fuck Who's Watching), is probably
the best example of what this album is. Death Grips
don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks, they are
doing whatever they want with their music, and they
are doing it well.

Darkside - Psychic (Oct. 8th):
A very unusual, but well-done album. Nicolas
Jaar’s Darkside project’s dark and mysterious
tones will win you over.

Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Aug. 20th):
From start to finish, Julia Holter’s unique
sound and melodies move fluently and
gracefully in Loud City Song.

Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels (June 26th):
Killer Mike and El-P come together in the
creation of Run The Jewels, a smart and fun

Baths - Obsidian (May 28th):
It sounds like a Passion Pit record, but far
darker and a bit more thought provoking. 

Disclosure - Settle (May 31st):
Everyone’s favorite dance record of 2013
delivers some excellent singles, but becomes
somewhat repetitive and boring near the end.

Iceage - You're Nothing (Feb. 18th):
They’re no modern day Sex Pistols, like they
seem to be so desperately going for, but it’s
certainly not working against them.

Savages - Silence Yourself (May 6th):
An epic
debut that will never be forgotten and might just
positively change your opinion on all girls, post
punk revival bands, that is, if you even had an
opinion to begin with.

Best Coast - Fade Away EP (Oct. 22nd):
As fun and peppy as all of Best Coast’s past
records, just shorter and less interesting.

Pusha T - My Name Is My Name (Oct. 7th):
With the masterful production from Kanye West,
Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name will not disappoint.

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time (Oct. 29th):
She’s no pop icon, nor does she aim to be. Night
Time, My Time combines strange/interesting lyrics
with a peppy upbeat sound that come together

Danny Brown - Old (Oct. 8th):
Danny Brown loves music. So often these days we
see artists that make music for many reasons, but
the love of the craft doesn’t seem to be one of them.
"Make some songs, throw them together and call it
an album." Old takes on the aesthetic of a double
LP and delivers a true music lovers, two sided album.

Paul McCartney - New (Oct. 11th):
Paul hasn’t lost a step. New is a great display
of a musician who’s really done it all but still
wants more.

Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Oct. 29th):

When a band consistently puts out great records,
you have to eventually ask, when are they going to
pull a Zeppelin? Reflektor’s interesting tactic of inco-
rporating Haitian percussion certainly set the band
up for failure, but instead, just helped the band create
something totally new and dynamic.

Beyoncé – Beyoncé (Dec. 13th):

Before this album, I was one of the very few people
who didn’t idolize Beyoncé. I always thought she had
some nice, fun songs, but she was nothing more than
a top 40 artist. Then she dropped this. This album is
so perfectly crafted and well put together, and it is
clearly a very personal album for her, and that really
shines through her lyrics and the selection of audio
samples from the past that are added into some of the tracks.

Big Sean - Hall Of Fame (Aug. 26th):
Sean is a great artist to hear featured on a song, and
puts out great singles, but his albums just seem to
leave me feeling somewhat unfulfilled.

Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse (March 5th):
Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse will leave you
feeling like you just listened to MGMT’s new record,
if it were actually good.

Childish Gambino - Because The Internet (Dec. 6th):
This record is a lot like it’s title. It maybe wasn’t what
you were expecting or really wanting, but you’re not
upset about it.

Walk The Moon - Tightrope EP (Jan. 18th):
The follow up EP to their fantastic self-titled 2012
album. You get the title track, an acoustic cover,
some great new songs, and then an epic live cover
of the Talking Head’s Burning Down The House.
How fucking cool is that?!

Cults - Static (Oct. 15th):
It may not be as unique as their previous self-titled
debut, but it is still as relentlessly catchy.

Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe (Sept. 20th):
Chvrches delivers one of the best electronic pop songs
of the year, and maybe of all time, with The Mother We
Share, and several other fantastic tracks on this album.

Polica - Schulamith (Oct. 18th):
2012’s Give Up Your Ghost was something special.
Something you couldn’t really compare to anything.
2013’s Shulamith seems to capture that once again,
but this time around, it doesn’t feel as special.

Daughter - If You Leave (March 18th):
An album filled with heart wrenching melodies
and devastatingly beautiful lyrics. Daughter’s If You
Leave is almost guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.

Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals (Oct. 4th):
Their first album, Treats, was almost nearly perfect
and so aggressive; their follow up seemed to tone
down the aggressiveness, which was its Achilles
heel. With Bitter Rivals, they attempt to bring back
that non-stop aggressive sound, but it just doesn’t
have the same magic as it did with Treats.

-The Talent

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