Our Favourite Albums Of 2013


2013 is over, and although we were away in December, we couldn’t return without telling you our favourite albums of the year past. So here are the records that soundtracked our last twelve months. If 2014 only brings one album as good as any of these, we’ll be more than happy.

Phosphorescent – ‘Muchacho


Singer-songwriter Phosphorescent soothed our ears (and our soul) with this beautifully simple yet musically complex sixth album. ‘Song For Zula‘ is undoubtedly one of our favourite songs of 2013, and is perfectly complimented by the release’s other nine tracks.

Paramore – ‘Paramore


Ballsy, brave and all grown-up – this is the album cynics didn’t think Paramore could ever make after the departure of the Farro brothers. ‘Paramore‘ has a vintage vibe with its four “sides”, but its focus is firmly on the future.

Tired Pony – ‘The Ghost Of The Mountain


Gary Lightbody, Peter Buck et al follow up their supergroup‘s debut with another magnificent concept album. This time, they capture the sound of Topanga Canyon rather than Portland, Oregon. We’re so glad that their first wasn’t their last.

Dawes – ‘Stories Don’t End


The intelligent songwriting of Taylor Goldsmith is almost impossible to fault. His lyrics are flawless yet Dawes are far more than just words. Their musicality always shines too and ‘Stories Don’t End‘ captures both sides of the band at their best.

Kids In Glass Houses – ‘Peace


We’re still scratching our heads as to how this magnificent guitar pop album went largely unnoticed. With bold choruses, instant hooks and epic key changes, ‘Peace‘ sits safely in our top five despite its commercial snub.


Amy Jo McLellan
Amy Jo McLellan is the editor of Alt Scribe. She started writing about music in 2010 and has been dancing about architecture ever since. She became a featured blogger for Buzznet after winning their 2011 ‘Summer of Buzz’ talent search. Amy knows far too much about her favourite bands and describes herself as a “professional fangirl”. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Kids In Glass Houses, Dawes. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The rise and fall of 'Emo' 2006 - Now.

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