Here is the third instalment of an annual countdown of our favourite albums released in the UK during the year of 2013. Here you’ll find numbers 10 to 6.
10. FALL OUT BOY: ‘SAVE ROCK AND ROLL’
Fall Out Boy returned after a hiatus of three years, sounding invigorated and refreshed. ‘Save Rock And Roll’ is an album that is full of thumping, enormous steamrolling beats set against songs that lyrically deal with universal themes of deceit, heartbreak and regret. Patrick’s soaring arena ready brilliance in the vocal department is yet another triumph as is the addition of special featured guest including heavyweights Courtney Love, Big Sean and Elton John.
*Highlights: ‘The Phoenix’, ‘Just One Yesterday’, ‘Miss Missing You’, ‘Young Volcanoes’
9. LISSIE: ‘BACK TO FOREVER’
Lissie’s second album builds on the successes of her excellent debut ‘Catching A Fire’. The writing is strong and consistently good, lyrically much of the record focuses on exploring the intricacies of a relationship and matches them against sun-soaked, carefree infused backdrops which are current yet feature a nod to the past of vintage, classic and timeless records. The vocal is another highlight on the record, Lissie sounds gorgeously effortless throughout.
*Highlights: ‘The Habit’, ‘Further Away (Romance Police)’, ‘Sleepwalking’, ‘Can’t Take It Back’
8. CAPITAL CITIES: ‘IN A TIDAL WAVE OF MYSTERY’
With ‘In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery’, the Californian duo created an album that is full of joyously infectious songs that are uplifting, quirky and wholly engaging. The songs are fused with vibrant, bright colours, vintage production flourishes and thrilling feel good vibes. There is plenty to intrigue, entertain and enjoy on the album as it is an unpredictable encounter and one which continues to surprise and delight even with repeated listens.
*Highlights: ‘Kangaroo Court’, ‘I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo’, ‘Farrah Fawcett Hair’, ‘Love Away’
7. PARAMORE: ‘PARAMORE’
The fourth album from the Tennessee trio is a frantic, crashing, fast paced record that incorporates a wide ranging, variety of genres, sounds and textures that the band have not previously explored in their work and thus ensured that the album was a refreshing and exciting listen. Hayley remains a striking, tour-de-force front woman and the album cemented their status as a genuine rock band with arena and stadium ready sounds complete with soaring sing-a-long moments.
*Highlights: ‘Fast In My Car’, ‘Ain’t It Fun’, ‘Last Hope’, ‘Still Into You’
6. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: ‘THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE’
Emerging seven years after his previous effort ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’, Justin Timberlake’s third studio collection was a gorgeously smooth and vintage sounding record that combines modern hip-hop and RnB sounds together with throwback, classic sounding grooves from bygone eras and as ever Justin’s delivery and performance was captivating and mesmerising. The record is a long listen but is rewarding for those with the stamina to appreciate the grand enormity of the work.
*Highlights: ‘Don’t Hold The Wall’, ‘Strawberry Bubblegum’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Blue Ocean Floor’