Hey friends, it’s January 18, 2014. Whoops? Nonetheless, I made a list, and here it is. I’ve also done “Best Articles of the Year.”
Ascending order this time:
1. Haim – Days Are Gone
At one point I was listening to this album in the car, with the window down in the not that warm Texas December, a pair of reflective but subtle sunglasses on, a leather jacket and the wind whipping my mousey brown shag cut around my face. I looked at myself in the car mirror, and I look like someone who’s favorite album of the year would be this one. And you know, it is. Everything else is complicated, this is all I want to listen to.
2. Kanye West – Yeezus
It feels hard to even talk about liking this album now – so much has been said about it all year, so much dissection and forwards and back and rehashing, so much KANYE. I guess the best thing to say is that I spent as much time talking and thinking about Yeezus this year as any non-professional, probably, and yet I listen to it and still it sounds completely new and interesting and insane and wild, every time.
3. Disclosure – Settle
The songs blur together a little bit. It’s very long. Every single second I’m listening to it, I’m thinking “I made the right choice, this is exactly what I want.”
4. Pusha T – My Name is My Name
I mean, the whole thing is fantastic. But “Nosetalgia” – the song, the video, listening to it while stalking around in the winter so it would keep me from feeling the cold – was probably the most important song that happened to me all year. I’m a DOCTAH.
5. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
Falsetto, skittering dance beats, synth strings and layered Kate Bush vocals. An overall aesthetic that could be described as “Prince-like, but more anxious.” Some things are made for me.
6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
7. Beyonce – BEYONCE
8. Arctic Monkeys – AM
9. Lorde – Pure Heroine
10. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
11. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
12. Sky Ferreria – Night Time, My Time
13. Justin Bieber – Journals
14. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
15. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
16. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
17. The Weeknd – Kiss Land
18. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
19. James Blake – Overgrown
20. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
21. The-Dream – IV Play
22. San Fermin – San Fermin
23. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
24. My Bloody Valentine – M B V
25. The Thermals – Desperate Ground
26. Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
27. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
28. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz
29. Katy Perry – Prism
30. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
You know guys that was a pretty great year! Even as I was going through my own list, that I made, I kept being like “really, so low? Modern Vampires is great!” And for the worst album of my year, ARTPOP is totally listenable, and I actually quite like Prism! Help me with the Neko Case album, guys, I was so excited for it and people like it so much and it just, does nothing for me. Please advise.
Way to go, sounds of 2013!