After our three part roundtable discussion series and vehement arguments on Facebook chat, here is AlternativeNation.net’s Top Ten Albums of 2013.
10. Noiseheads- 1994
Noiseheads released their self-recorded/independently released debut album 1994 in March. The album’s highlights include the upbeat “Annie” and melancholic album closer “Dust.” While the album leans a bit heavy on 90’s nostalgia, frontman Nick Gray clearly displays his knack for being able to write a memorable rock song and gives a voice to disenchanted millenials. Noiseheads are primed to grow and evolve into their own unique sound on their 2nd album.
9. Sound City Players- Sound City: Real To Reel
The Sound City album features rock greats like the surviving members of Nirvana, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, and many others.
8. Arctic Monkeys- AM
AM is a great addition to the Arctic Monkeys’ catalog, delivering several well crafted riff-based rock tunes which are definitely needed nowadays and featuring input from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
7. How to Destroy Angels- Welcome oblivion
Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig released their atmospheric debut album earlier this year.
6. Middle Class Rut- Pick Up Your Head
Middle Class Rut’s second album packs quite a punch, channeling influences like Jane’s Addiction and Rage Against The Machine but possessing its own identity. Key tracks include “Aunt Betty” and “Dead Eye”.
5. Filter- The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Filter’s latest album is their best since 2002’s The Amalgamut. Patrick’s voice sounds re-energized and the album features new Filter classics like: What Do You Say, Surprise, and We Hate It When You Get What You Want.
4. Cage The Elephant- Melophobia
Cage The Elephant yet again changed up their sound for their latest album, with frontman Matt Shultz reaching new heights vocally and lyrically on tracks like Come a Little Closer, Cigarette Daydreams, Spiderhead, and Hypocrite.
3. Pearl Jam- Lightning Bolt
Pearl Jam returned in style with Lightning Bolt, a nice addition to the band’s legendary catalog. New tracks like Mind Your Manners, Sirens, Infallible, and Lightning Bolt have fit in seamlessly with the band’s old classics on tour.
2. Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks
Trent Reznor shocked fans and brought NIN back from the dead after declaring that the band was done 4 years ago. Lead single “Came Back Haunted” showed that Reznor still had the ability to write a hit. There’s a sense of maturity on the new album, but the darkness is still there and even lighter tracks like “Everything” acknowledge his journey to where he is at today.
1. Queens of the Stone Age- …Like Clockwork
By far the best album of 2013, Queens of the Stone Age returned with their first album in 6 years and it is their masterpiece. Josh Homme reaches a level of sonic bliss with a feeling of desperation that is not often heard in today’s hipster/mediocre rock scene. Highlights include: every song on the album.