It’s that time of year again. Here’s part one of Louder Than War’s albums of the year 2013 list.
Those of you with a decent enough memory will recall that last year we put in a front of you a mammoth list of 200 amazing albums from 2012. This year we’ve reigned our enthusiasm in somewhat and are presenting a more modestly sized list of 150. The reason we’ve downsized our list is not because this year has been three quarters as good for releases as last year, but rather because last year we included some choices from our contributors. This year we have a separate list for writers which we’ll put in front of you next week. So any fury at the exclusion of your favourite album of 2013 should be directed towards the whole of the lead editorial team; John Robb, Phil Newall, Sarah Lay and Guy Manchester. Exorcising your spleen through the medium of the written word with caustic barbs, we assure you, is far more cathartic than a punch on the nose so if you disagree with anything please feel free to “have a go at us” in the comments box below rather than search us out in person.
As usual we’ve endeavoured to be as diverse and genre inclusive as possible in our list – and not by way of the “token” this or the “token” that album. So in the list you’ll find reggae, folk (NOT La Marling), jazz, hardcore, black metal, blues, pop, noise, electronic, indie, rap, ska, funk and etc. etc. etc. We hope we’ve included the best releases in all those genres, but it’s inevitable that we’ve missed some. The very nature of embracing all genres means we’ll never know as much about any of them as someone who specialises in and devotes their whole life to listening to just one kind of music. We accept that. So, again, pipe up if, in your opinion, we’ve boobed.
As with all such lists ours has the dual purpose of hopefully opening your eyes to some albums you may’ve missed this year and also to serve as a springboard to some debate. We hope we’ve achieved that.
150. Hey Colossus – Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo. (Sludge Metal).