Here are my Top 10 albums of 2013 (in no particular order) complete with a key track from said album, and a lyric that goes with the song. After putting the list together and spending some time reflecting on it, I began to wonder why I like specific songs at all. Think about THAT for a second: WHY do you like songs?
What are the specific reasons? Have you ever sat down and answered that question in an intelligent fashion for yourself?
I learned that I like to live vicariously through the character presenting the lyrics. When a specific lyric resonates strongly with me: I tend to like the song. Every key lyric listed below is presented in the first person, so I figure I subconsciously imagine myself as the character in the song. I also discovered that strong musical arrangements during a songs bridge tend to catch my ear.
It’s a fun exercise to sit down and list your favourite albums/songs of the year: it’s even more revealing to think about why you like the records you like. The best part is: there’s no wrong answer! Think about and verbalize the answer. You might surprise yourself.
1.Arctic Monkeys – AM
Key track: One for the Road – “We all go back to yours and you sit and talk to me on the floor. There’s no need to show me around, Baby. I feel like I’ve been here before.”
2.Capital Cities – In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
Key track: Kangaroo Court – The Saxophone Solo on this track is an instant party.
3.Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes
Key track: Nerve – “I just don’t know what you’re doing wrong. Man, you got a lot of nerve.”
4.Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Key track: Wait For Me – The bridge. Talk about a power piece of music. Says so much by saying literally nothing.
5.Lorde – Pure Heroine
Key Track: Team – “I’m kinda over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air: so there”
6.Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Key Track: Gun – “I’ll be a gun and it’s you I’ll come for”
7. The Neighbourhood – I Love You
Key Track: Sweater Weather – “I don’t mind if there’s not much to say. Sometimes the silence guides our minds.”
8. Queens of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Key Track: I Sat By The Ocean – “I sat by the ocean and drank a potion, baby to erase you.”
9. Kanye – Yeezuz
Key track: Bound 2 – “I mean damn, what would Jaromey Romey Romey Rome think?”
10. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
Key Track: Now I’m All Messed Up – “Go, Go, Go if you want I can’t stop you.”