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Supajam's Top Twenty Albums of 2013

Supajam's Top Twenty Albums of 2013

We’ve been told the LP is dead, killed by an emphasis on buying just the good tracks. We dispute this, because while albums full of filler are dying off, some long players are crammed from start to finish with quality. This is our selection of the best from 2013, unveiled over the week, starting with 20 - 16. Let us know yours.

20. Howlin’ by Jagwar Ma
A highly contagious infusion of dance and guitar music that feels retro and yet brand new at the same time.  A fantastic debut from ‘Down-Under.’ Play this and keep summer going into the nea year.


19. Light Up Gold by Parquet Courts
One of the best straight up indie rock record of the year, with an equally impressive EP to boot; seek out both and enjoy the sneer and the snap.


18. In a Perfect World by Kodaline
This Irish rock/pop quartet released a debut album that was both gut-wrenchingly emotional and yet strangely uplifting. A heartfelt acoustic folk record that was the perfect companion to summer.


17. Static by Cults
Still the best thing to ever be associated with Lily Allen, Cults produced a superb pop album for their sophomore record. One Supajam staffer will listens to it on a daily basis.


16. Conduit by Funeral For A Friend
FFAF's sixth album thundered out at the beginning of the year. Trimming off all the fat (only two tracks are over three minutes), the band unleash a relentless sprint of raw post-hardcore. There are still choruses to shout along to ('Nails' is a highlight), with some smart lyrics thrown in for good measure. It's the sound of a band rediscovering their best direction.


15. Overgrown by James Blake

British winter, rainy day music. The whole album is totally immersive and masterfully bridges the gap between being electronic and live to the point where you barely notice either element and just tune into the stories Blake tells.



14. Outrun by Kavinsky

It turned out one of the best eighties synth soundtracks was released in the twenty teens and the film was never even made: meet Kavinsky’s Outrun, an album about a possessed car which created a special atmosphere.


13. Songs for Crow by Red Kite

Whether singing their touching, highly emotive songs, or singing one of their more up tempo, but yet still highly emotive songs, Red Kite touched you for ten songs that never took an easy way out. Their LP closer equalled the best of the year



12. Fidlar by Fidlar

Every song is a riot, throbbing with energy, dissatisfaction, debauchery and youthful abandon, although you’ll shred your throat if you try and sing along. Not an album to live your life to, but one to escape life to.



11. The Bones of what you Believe by Chvrches

This rose above masses of bland, feeble synth pop by combining dreamy/emotive vocals with music that had weight didn't constantly try to play it safe.  They also did us a favour by using the v instead of a u so people could google them. Good thinking.



10. Smile That Won’t Go Down by Filthy Boy
An album about serial killers, orgies, kinky sex and everything else their name suggests, this could easily have been crass and cheap. But there’s clever and skilled wordplay here, as well as good old fashioned catchy songs.



9. Holy Fire by Foals
This felt like a steady realisation of everything they’ve been cooking over the course of their previous two albums, yet also with a foot in the future: the grooves were deeper, funkier and the tunes more infectious than ever. It even contained a crossover hit-of-sorts in the near ubiquitous ‘My Number’, but the true gems lay in ‘Inhaler’ and ‘Late Night’.


8. The 1975 - The 1975
A pure crystallised outpouring of teenage lust, delinquency, hope, despair, joy, and general living. Some parts of the album merge into one, but when you're already lost in it that's fine.


7. The Little We Know by Yossarian
The band raised over £15K to make their first album, and when they delivered it even we were taken by surprise. From the anthemic opener of Arrow Part 1 to the introduction of a second vocal style, it was superbly programmed and grew from repeated listening.


6. …Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
Yes, there were some primal thumpers, but there was also enough falsetto work to keep the higher registers of Josh Hommes’ voice on permanent standby. This was a timely reminder as to the consummate grasp of the rock medium QOSTA have at their disposal. Varied, interesting and moving. An album of high points.



5. In Love by Peace
Psychedelia is back with a bang and Peace triumphed in the scene. Their debut offering was, unsurprisingly, dominated by romantic gestures, but it was so powerful it can scarcely fail to leave an impression.



4. AM by Arctic Monkeys
Somewhere along the way Alex Turner adjusted his mission statement. Clearly seeing his band was coasting along, filling out arenas along the way, 2013 was the year he decided to set his sights on the stadiums of 2014. They came back with a dirty groove in Do I Wanna Know and an album designed to win over America and the hearts of the UK once again.


3. Trouble Will Find Me by The National
The key to success is to never mess with a winning formula. With their latest offering The National obey this mantra down to a tee; ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ shows the band are as bleak and sorrowful as ever. Oh, and it’s absolutely brilliant.


2. The Lost Art of Living The Doppler Shift
Why are this band not bigger? If they were weak in one area we could possibly understand it but they have tunes, passion, lyrics and possibly the most intense live show we have seen in the last two years - what's not to like? They delivered the goods in this here their debut album from opener "Antrophy" to the fragility of "The Man Who Was Haunted By His Head" (and the accompanying shoestring video that has since cleaned up several awards.) As if to convince us they weren't just some fluke they went and delivered again on a new EP. Superb.


1. The Revolution Is Never Coming by The Red Paintings
Lady Gaga got the headlines for trying to mix art and pop, dressing the part and producing stylised songs, and on Artpop she largely failed to convince. Luckily the rock world has The Red Paintings, who are theatric and fully capable of achieving the grand gestures they wanted. It’s a dense album and can take a few listens, but then it obsesses you.


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