Best Albums 2013 – #6-#5
#6 VAMPIRE WEEKEND – MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY
When I first listened to this album I couldn’t stand it. So make sure you allow time for it to grow on you. I actually was at the record store and they had this vinyl on clearance for like 10 or 11 bucks. I had to pull the trigger and give it another chance, and I am so glad I did. This Indie / Alternative Rock Album is fun, depressing, and weird at times. It is kind of all over the place, and I think that is what kept me away early on, but those things eventually grow on you. The other thing that grows on you are the spiritual themes that run throughout the lyrics, especially in songs like, “Everlasting Arms.” You are not sure if the writer is critiquing a certain view of God, or singing about their experience of God, or maybe both. The song “Diane Young” was one that I strongly disliked at first because I felt it was very odd, but again it grew on me. They use auto-tune on the vocals during “Diane Young” and it works. This album has its share of experimental moments but you should definitely give it a few listens before giving up.
– Everlasting Arms
– Obvious Bicycle
– Ya Hey
#5 BRING ME THE HORIZON – SEMPITERNAL
This was a very mature album for BMTH. I enjoyed their first record, but they kind of became a pop / warped tour band and I really felt their newer stuff was less artistic and more marketed for the masses. Well, this record blew that feeling out of the water for me. This album is lyrically intelligent (while also being lyrically explicit at times, beware) and this is by far their best musical venture. They used a lot of space and texture. For a hardcore band it is usually hard to find that balance between heavy and ambient, they landed perfectly on the scale for this record. BMTH asks, “Can you hear the silence? Can you see the dark? Can you fix the broken? Can you feel my heart? Can you help the hopeless? Well, I’m begging on my knees. Can you save my bastard soul? Will you wait for me?” to open the album. In the following song they make it quite clear their position on matters of faith, “What you call faith, I call a sorry excuse.” But this album seems to go back and forth between questioning and then making bold and even coarse conclusions about faith. If you have an inclination toward Post-Hardcore / Electronic style then this is your album of the year. If you enjoyed UnderOath’s 2010 album, Disambiguation, then you should love this album.
– Shadow Moses