Whoever bemoans the death of good music obviously doesn’t know where to look. There were easily 20 great albums in 2013 – here’s those that were on my high rotation (ranked by play counts)…
- Modern Pest – Spender
Six sublime tracks from an immensely gifted singer / songwriter / producer. You can hear elements of David Byrne, Prince, Elvis Costello, even slight touches of hip hop. Easily the album of the year.
- The Next Day – David Bowie
A haunting, uplifting, raucous outburst from the Thin White Duke. 10 years in the making, easily one of his best.
- Wise Up Ghost – Elvis Costello & The Roots
You wouldn’t think these two artistic forces should meet – but this collaboration is a perfect example of where the sum of the whole is more than the parts alone.
- AM – Arctic Monkeys
From the introductory Stroke-style stomp of Do I Wanna Know?, the Arctic Monkeys take you into the dingy dank early morning depravity of a wasted party existence. The album they were destined to make.
- Electric – Pet Shop Boys
Less than a year after their Behaviouresque Elysium, PSB split with their original label, created their own, then took a left-turn into robotic electronica. Hints of their 90’s experiment Relentless can be heard, but Electric is an example of a classic band continuing to find their mojo.
- Ingredients – The Basics
Not a greatest hits, but a perfect sampler of Australia’s most underrated band. A power-trio who can rock the house (So Hard For You), honour their heroes (Hey C’Mon), or touch the heart-strings (Hey Rain). Buy it, then go watch them live.
- Delta Machine – Depeche Mode
- Push the Sky Away – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- I Awake – Sarah Blasko
- The Moment – Mia Dyson
- Underworld – Divinyls
No, not a 2013 album, but only discovered by me after the sad loss of the irrepressible Chrissie Amphlett
- Leftovers – The Basics
- Elysium – Pet Shop Boys
- The 2nd Law – Muse
- Heavenly Sounds Live – Kate Miller-Heidke
Pledge a mere $10 and not only do you get Kate’s next album O Vertigo, but this bonus pearl!
- Uncovered – Various Artists (Mojo Compilation: R&B classics that influenced the Rolling Stones)
- Awkward – San Cisco
- Departures – Bernard Fanning
- Spring And Fall – Paul Kelly
- An Awesome Wave – Alt-J (∆)
Love Has Come For You – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Mr Machine – The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble
Louis Spoils – Louis Spoils