By Kenny McMurtrie
December 16, 2013
Once again it’s time for a collective response to the releases of the last 12 months so the Muso’s contributors have sent in their suggestions for what deserves to be viewed as the cream of the 2013 musical crop and we’ve whittled it all down to the 25 most popular.
Thomas Bolton - Tomorrow’s Harvest is an utterly absorbing album, a digital window into an analogue past. Boards Of Canada are in a class of their own.
Jeremy Williams – Awarded all of 1 star by NME, the poll-topping pianist’s debut album may not push the boundaries of sound, but it certainly makes for a pleasurable listen.
Rob Crozier – Brand new singer/songwriter who had a hugely successful 2013 and number 1 album.
Danielle Gibson – I had been waiting for this one impatiently and wasn’t disappointed with the results. Opposites is an amazing collection of the band’s work and their abilities as musicians and song-writers.
Joe Watson - Musically this is about as inventive as anything Biffy have ever done but at the same time not straying too far from the formula that has served them well over their last few albums. Huge riffs, stadia shout-along hooks, then throw in some bagpipes, a Mariachi band and a harp here and there to ensure that most folk will find something to love about Opposites.
Lee Hammond - A collection of songs that never fail to make you smile and dance, the album really delivers on the title.
Cathal McBride – Synthesisers and live instruments are mixed with samples from old public information films to captivating effect.
Rob Crozier – A wonderful information advert disguised as a fun, fast paced novelty album.
Carrie Mok - You can’t fault Thom Yorke, the man is an exceptional songwriter and his talent certainly never falters. But add in Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Flea and Mauro Refosco (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), as well as Joey Waronker (Beck, REM) and you have yourself a supergroup with the occasional funky beats cocktailed with ingeniously minimalistic tracks.
Tom Fake - AMOK sees Thom Yorke and co. trying their hand with electronic music. Expect lots of funky grooves and bass lines, exquisite vocals, and generally something slightly different.
Cathal McBride – Thom Yorke’s supergroup follow largely in the direction of Yorke’s solo debut The Eraser from 2006, and while it doesn’t come anywhere near the excitement of a new Radiohead album, there’s plenty here to tide everyone over until the next one of those arrives.