After absolutely destroying all that Rolling Stone loves with my article “Top 10 Reasons to Disagree with Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2013″ I felt that the time was right for the Impact to take their rightful place as the foremost authority on music lists. Being the Content Director at WDBM Impact 89FM, I tasked my co-workers with composing their end of the year “Top 10 Albums of 2013.” All week long, we’ll be sharing staff picks. Here’s my totally unbiased, super objective, unopinionated, fair and balanced list.
#10 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
I didn’t care for this album too much, but I love this band dearly. It’s kinda like if your significant other got an ugly haircut, you know?
#9 – 13 by Black Sabbath
This was a risky listen at first. A lot of these dudes don’t age well musically, but they made me eat my words. It’s refreshing to hear metal that is heavy again. Lately, the most of the genre has been too screamy, and too “I’m so dark that I shop at Hot Topic and my mom just bought my new gauges for my ears” for my tastes.
#8 – Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails
A lot of Oscar winners’ careers go south after their win. This clearly doesn’t apply to musicians who win Oscars. Trent Reznor is constantly pushing the boundaries of industrial, alternative, and electronic music with each album.
#7 – Lost Sirens by New Order
Nothing will compare to their stuff from the 80s, but these guys keep up with the times just like the last 3 bands I’ve mentioned, especially since all indietronica wouldn’t exist without them. Just a heads up, faithful readers of impact89fm.org: Joy Division and New Order will come up a lot in my articles. They are my favie faves.
#6 – Trouble Will Find Me by The National
It’s only fitting that I put this band after New Order, as Matt Berninger’s baritone voice will always remind me of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Remember how I said two seconds ago that I’d mention Joy Division a lot? Sorry. Anyway, the best part about The National is that, despite the fact that their sound is often dark and beautifully melancholic, you can listen to them at any occasion and not get too bummed out.
#5 -Comedown Machine by the Strokes
Why didn’t this one make more music journals’ Top 10 lists? I mean, the album’s lyrics include “Scuba Dancing Touchdown.” That should be all that needs to be said.
#4 – The Bones of What You Believe by CHVRCHES
I sing “The Mother Me Share” regularly and it always gets stuck in my friends’ heads as a result, and I’m like, “You’re welcome.” Is there anyone on all of planet earth that didn’t love this album? Realistically, the answer is “Yes.” But I like to think that isn’t true.
#3 – Tomorrow’s Harvest by Boards of Canada
Remember how I said that thing earlier about Joy Division and New Order? Well the same applies for BoC. No one else can rework nostalgic, vintage electronic music and make it original, soothing, and creepy like these two Scotsmen. No one else does though, either, which is good because they’d suck in comparison.
#2 – Reflektor by Arcade Fire
“Hey, you wanna listen to an album featuring poignant themes and allusions to Greek mythology?” “Can we dance to it?” “Yes.” “Then yes!”
#1 – Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
This isn’t opinion. It’s fact. This is #1. You are wrong if you disagree. This is an extremely underwhelming ending to my list. Sorry.