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The Unnecessary Subjective Ranking of Albums Part 1

December 21, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
Ranking albums at the end of the year brings me as much joy as it does anxiety. Best of lists are completely subjective, but I love reading what other people think of things. It gives me a chance to check out something I may have missed, share what I have been enjoying this year, and to use as conversation piece with friends.

I do make an effort to try and sort them, but every album listed is one I hold dear for one reason or another. There's also a bunch of albums that didn't make this list that probably could/should have, but at the time of writing these are the ten albums I spent most of the time listening to over the year. Anything that didn't get listed will get a proper write up anyway in the coming weeks and months. Like I've said before, there's never a bad year in music. This blog in indicative of that statement.

10. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart. Frank Turner has a full band backing his songs in his version of Americana. For the most part it works, and you're left with songs that make you want to dance and sing along. He has a way of making every song sound like it is someone's personal anthem. That's why I love Frank. Choice tracks: Plain Sailing Weather and Four Simple Words

9. The National - Trouble Will Find Me. This is my listen at work album when I'm working on paperwork. The band sounds like an indie rock combination of Joy Division and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Singer, Matt Berninger sounds like a young Nick Cave, which I find incredibly relaxing to listen to. The music is very passive aggressive, relatively soft in nature, but lyrically dark. Choice tracks: Don't Swallow the Cap and Slipped

8. The Bronx - IV. This album I just wrote about in my last blog post, but to recap: This album just rocks. It's an unpretentious album about being who you want and doing what you want. It's a little bit cliche, but the band don't take themselves too seriously, and who doesn't need a little bit of fun in their life? Choice tracks: Ribcage and Pilot Light

7. Off With Their Heads - Home. This album came out just at the right time, and was therapeutic for what I was going through. Ryan Young writes from his heart about his pain. It's not poetic, and at times almost painful to listen to. The man hurts inside, and you can hear it in every note he sings. I recently saw them live and blew out my voice singing along. It's a solid punk rock album from a band that similarly to The Bronx churns out album after album because they just love making music. Choice tracks: Nightlife and Start Walking

6. RVIVR - The Beauty Between. Politics aside, this band knows how to write songs. Really good songs. They expanded beyond their traditional pop-punk sound which I think is a huge improvement on an already proven formula. The dynamic of Erica and Matt singing is what makes this band stand apart from their peers. That, and that guitar tone. My lord, that guitar tone. Choice Tracks: Wrong Way/One Way and LMD

For the sake keeping these entries from growing to an absurd length (and hopefully building anticipation) this concludes Part 1. Part 2 will be uploaded in the coming days. Have I left out your favorite album? Is it coming up in Part 2? Have you heard any of the albums I've mentioned? If not here's a chance to check out something new before being bombarded with more information.

 
 

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