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Part II or Show Me on the Doll Where the Music Touched You
December 24, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
With albums ten through six I had to think about how to narrow the list down, these albums are hands down my top five. There's plenty that I didn't include, but to my ears, these stood out above the rest.
5. Red City Radio - Titles. A powerhouse of an album written by some rad dudes from Oklahoma. Who knew? I knew when this album was announced it would be one of my favorites of the year. "Show Me on the Doll Where the Music Touched You" has not only has one of the best titles of the year, it is probably my favorite song of the year as well. This was the first band I saw at Fest this year. By the end of the first song I was covered in beer, my glasses were broken, sang so hard my voice hurt with people I've never met and at the same time felt completely at home. This is a rock album the way they should be made. Red City Radio are leading the way for a new breed of bands to play rock music. Take notice. Choice tracks: Show Me on the Doll Where the Music Touched You and Two Notes Shy of an Octave
4. Arliss Nancy - Wild American Runners. The only alt-country band you need to be listening to right now. Don't get me wrong Lucero is great and all, but Arliss Nancy are just coming into their prime and need to be recognized for the work they've put out. The warmth this album exudes is why it's on this list. It's something to be listened to thoroughly and savored. The more I've listened to it, the more I fall in love with it. It's equal parts rock, country, and ballad. If you the words country music makes you cringe, don't worry I feel the same way. Trust me, this will change your mind as to what country music can and should be. I might actually consider listening to my local "country station" if they played Arliss Nancy, Drag the River, Lucero, Two Cow Garage, Austin Lucas, and the like. So go buy this album, then call up your local country radio station and ask why they aren't playing any of the artists I just mentioned. (They won't know who you're talking about. Trust me, I've tried). Choice Tracks: Benjamin and Coals
3. Worship This! - Tomorrow, I'll Miss You. This band. Man, this band is something else. It's truly amazing how young, yet talented these guys are. I saw this band back in summer in a tiny art space in Pittsburgh, and let me tell you, the dozen people that were there witnessed a hell of a show. These guys are always on point no matter who they are playing for. This album captures that energy making every song sound massive. It's "All Killer, No Filler" as Sum 41 would say. Every track is a standout in it's own right. If Red City Radio are leading the way for a new breed of rock bands, Worship This! are the A students of the class. Choice Tracks: Summit Tower and The Fear of Missing Out.
2. Restorations - LP2. I've already spewed my love for this record in two entries, and I just bought it two months ago. They blew me away when I saw them live. I had heard the name of them in passing, but never got around to listening to them. This is why I mention so many bands to listen to. It may seem bothersome, but one of these times you'll get some time and find a band that might change your life. This is one of those bands for me. They are one of the more accessible bands due to the melodic nature in their songs, but the things they do as musicians will captivate anyone taking the time to actually listen and let the music get inside them. It's easy to lose yourself in these songs. That's the sign of a great record to me. The ability for sound to take me away from whatever I'm doing and thinking and just listen. Music is my drug of choice, and this album hits the spot when I need it. It may not do the same for you, but I have a feeling you'll enjoy it regardless. Choice Tracks: New Old and D
1. Captain, We're Sinking - The Future is Cancelled. This album is absolutely depressing, but the reason it's my favorite album of the year is due to the way it grabs a hold of your heart and doesn't let go until you hear what it has to say. The lyrics read as if from the diary of a man going through a divorce and subsequently his life falling apart. It's not a concept album, but it feels like a story is being told. To start this album and not let it finish is an injustice to yourself. Captain, We're Sinking play a brand of melodic punk rock that provides a driving rhythm for the emotional roller coaster. I can't recommend this album. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's hands down my most listened to album of the year. This doesn't always equate to the best album, but I think in this case it's a fitting title. Choice Tracks: Adultery and The Future is Cancelled
That concludes my favorite albums of 2013. Leave a comment telling me what you've enjoyed this year. And as always stay safe and take care of yourself.
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