Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Talent's Albums Of The Year: Honorable Mentions

Not every record I loved this year could make it to my Best Of 2013 list, so here you have a short list of a few excellent records that didn't quite make the cut, but deserved some recognition.



MOSQUITO 
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
(8.0/10)

One of the best efforts from the band. Karen
O's dynamic vocals and the amazing production
help deliver a very good album.


(Favorite Tracks: Sacrilege, Mosquito, and Wedding Song.)





VOLUME 3
SHE & HIM
(7.9/10)

One of my favorite collaborative teams.
Zooey and M.Ward deliver another excellent album. Full of catchy tunes and fun hooks,
Vol. 3 is a fantastic listen.


(Favorite Tracks: I Could've Been Your Girl, I've Got Your Number, Son, and London.)




WHEN IT WAS NOW
ATLAS GENIUS
(7.7/10)

A very impressive debut from the Australian
duo. Very smart lyrics as well as great
production work on the tracks. A lot of the
tracks share a similar sound and the album
seems to lacks depth, but the groovy hooks
keep you interested and your toe's tapping. 


(Favorite Tracks: If So, Electric, and Trojans.)




SETTLE
DISCLOSURE
(7.6/10) 

Everyone’s favorite dance record of 2013
delivers some of the most fun tracks of the 
year.



(Favorite Tracks: When A Fire Starts To Burn, Latch, and White Noise.)








YOU'RE NOTHING
ICEAGE
(7.7/10)

They’re no modern day Sex Pistols, like they 
seem to be so desperately going for, but it’s 
certainly not working against them.


(Favorite Tracks: Burning Hands, Everything Drifts, and You're Nothing.)






GHOST ON GHOST
IRON & WINE
(8.0/10)

Samuel
Beam's fifth studio album under the name Iron
& Wine may not be his best effort to date but is still one of the most beautiful displays of
songwriting of the year.

(Favorite Tracks: Caught In The Briars, Joy, and Winter Prayers.)



 BANGERZ
MILEY CYRUS
(7.4/10)
Bangerz is for real. It's one of the better
pop records that I've gotten the chance to
listen to this year. Put a side the controversy
and give this album a chance, even the biggest
Miley hater might just find themselves bopping their head.

(Favorite Tracks: Wrecking Ball, SMS (Bangerz), and We Can't Stop.) 


NEGATIVITY
DEER TICK
(7.5/10) 
Deer Tick reminds us what a great folk
album is supposed to sound like. Their
latest effort measures up to be one of their
best records of their career. 

(Favorite Tracks: The Rock, Mr. Sticks, and Pot Of Gold.) 
  


I LOVE YOU
THE NEIGHBORHOOD
(7.8/10)

It's a compilation of dark songs of heartache
complimented by hip-hop drum influences
giving a third dimension to the album, making
it more than just a break up record.
(Favorite Tracks: Sweater Weather, Afraid, and Float.)

 
MY NAME IS MY NAME
PUSHA T
(7.5/10)

With the masterful production from Kanye West
and some excellent tracks, Pusha T’s My Name
Is My Name does not disappoint.

(Favorite Tracks: Nostalgia, Hold On, and Numbers On The Board.)









-The Talent

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