TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR*
Of the 55 album/EP reviews we did, these are the highest scoring ten. Of course they’re all…”Pretty Neat”.
10) “Settle” Disclosure
A smart, hook driven record that can move a dance floor in any era; a timeless achievement that accomplishes consistency, memorability and audacity. Take it for what it is: one hell of a debut.”
9) “Jake Bugg” Jake Bugg
“Bugg’s raw, natural talent and skill flow like a Johnny Cash record in 2013: nostalgic, heartfelt, bold and magnificent. At this point, that’s exactly what it is”
8) “Yeezus” Kanye West
” No one is making music like this anywhere, where else can you find an artist mashing together Nina Simone and TNGHT?!”
7) “Modern Vampires of the City” Vampire Weekend
“Any doubts about adulthood are brushed away and replaced with hope and promise on this coming of age album”
6) “Psychic” Darkside
“Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington destroy the line between rock music and electronic music as they change the shapes, textures and sounds into imaginative landscapes.”
5) “Reflektor” Arcade Fire
“A masterful transcending of genre, Arcade Fire have cultivated a danceable yet introspective record; a magnum opus for a new age of music.”
4) “Sunbather” Deafheaven
“A landmark feat in music that few metal bands accomplish: to turn music expected to be angry into something beautiful and leaving a lasting, sonic legacy in the process. This is what music should ALWAYS strive to do”
3) “…Like Clockwork” Queens of the Stone Age
“A rock album that never hesitates to blow your brain up to astronomical heights”
2) “Get Wet” Krewella
“The party shouldn’t stop and “Get Wet” is that polemic argument that keeps it going and going and going.”
1) “Is Survived By” Touché Amoré
“Introspective yet abrasive; challenging yet melodic, this is a band that took it to the next level through all the challenges. Well done.”
TOP 5 TRACKS OF THE YEAR*
*Yes we are aware that the list is under par. There were much better tracks released this year. But of the ten we reviewed, here are the top 5.
5) “Rap God” Eminem
“Eminem’s speed and wit still maintains it’s fresh and appealing enigma after all these years.”
4) “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” Cults
“Cults’ trademark sound gets stabbed at by semi-rough chords and it still stays dreamy enough to be called a Cults single.”
3) “Mankind” Doomriders
” A sludgy, dark single that progress and succeeds in finding the light at the end of the nightmare it has lingered in”
2) “Reflektor” Arcade Fire
” A post-disco epic that climaxes into a tunnel of dance; a crowning achievement in their discography.”
1) “Hold On, We’re Going Home” Drake
“A single that transcends Drake’s musical range and yet he manages it to seduce it into his control.”
Thank you for your support over these past four months. Honestly we never envisioned us making it this far. With over 28,000 page views and numerous followers, likes and relationships with record companies and bloggers all over the world, we’re still shocked at the success of Pretty Neat Grooves. What started as a simple idea from Michael and Jon, turned into something greater and as long as we have your support, we couldn’t ask for anything else.
We will return on January 13, 2014 with more reviews and interviews, more praise and criticism to fuel your eclectic musical desires. 2013 was a great year for music and we were glad to share our experiences with it with you. Be prepared for 2014, big things are gonna happen. Also thanks for putting up with our grammar mistakes. We promise we’ll be more careful next year.
We send our thanks to our friends and family, as well as Will Butler, Fevers, Gatherer, Deathwish Inc., Topshelf Records, Derek from Sub Pop, Got Wrong Records, 7stbaby, Hunter Hauk, Weebly, Stephanie Marlow, Throatruiner Records, Cruel Hand, Slingshot Dakota, Sleigh Bells, A Silent Film, We Are Twin, Noise Trade, Ray Ricky Rivera of Amoeba Music, CSR FM, TEAM and everyone else that gave us a chance. Stay gold.
Keep listening to music, keep searching for new music and keep expanding your musical horizons. But always #KeepItNeat
Take Care and Happy Holidays,
The Pretty Neat Grooves Team 2013
Associate Staff Writer