My brother-in-law is in a killer band called We Are Voices. This is their latest song “Loneliness.” Be sure to check them out.
It’s that time of year again, the time to share my “best of” lists of the year.
It started with the top sermon downloads from Revolution Church, then my almost best books & almost best albums of the year. Then I shared my favorite books of 2013. Today is the last list: my favorite albums of 2013.
13. The Civil Wars | The Civil Wars
This band is just incredible. It’s too bad they can’t stand each other. Still an incredible album.
3 incredible EP’s from this Ryan O’Neal. So good.
11. The Head and the Heart | Let’s Be Still
This album took some time to grow on me, but now I love it. Definitely a good step from their last album.
10. The Lonely Wild | The Sun as It Comes
I could’ve paid $8 to see this band in Tucson over the summer, but didn’t. Still kicking myself for that because of how great this album is. So much heart in it.
9. Kodaline | In A Perfect World
Just discovered this band. Wow.
8. Andrew Belle | Black Bear
I’ve been a fan of Andrew Belle for a few years. This is his best and most ambitious album yet.
7. Hey Marseilles | Lines We Trace
According to the Seattle Times, “Hey Marseilles is a contender for a local rock band to break out in a significant way in 2013.” This album is that good.
6. Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires of the City
This album is higher on a lot of other year end lists. I think because of my high expectations, it hurt this album. Still good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
5. Gregory Alan Isakov | The Weatherman
4. Sigur Ros | Kveikur
Katie and I saw Sigur Ros in April. If you can ever get to their show, you need to. Wow. This album is off the charts.
3. Marble Sounds | Dear Me, Look Up
This is such a good album. It would be #1 if not for how good the next two are.
2. The National | Trouble Will Find Me
Not quite as good as High Violet, but such a good album. In fact, until I heard the next album, this one was #1.
1. Bastille | Bad Blood
I can’t believe this is the debut album for this band. So, so, so good.
How’s my list? What albums did I miss? What albums did I rate too high?
In case you are new to my blog, I love music. My life is rarely silent, whether at home, working on a sermon, in the car, or working out. Music is on. Our family loves music because of this.
So, every year I like to look through my music library and share the albums that have been getting the most play in my life. And as it is the end of the year, it is year end list time. If you’re curious which albums I liked last year you can look at the honorable mention list and the top albums of the year.
On Monday I shared the top sermon downloads from Revolution Church. Yesterday, I shared the almost best books of 2013. Tomorrow I’ll share my favorite 13 books of the year and Friday I’ll share my top 13 albums of the year.
But today. We’re listing the albums that were good, but not good enough to be in the top 13 list of the year. Here they are in no particular order:
Youth Lagoon | Wondrous Bughouse
A great follow up to The Year of Hibernation. A really good, introspective album.
She & Him | Volume 3
“She” is so talented. End of story. All of their albums are worth owning, and this one is no different.
Denison Witmer | Denison Witmer
I went to high school with Denison and have loved his music ever since then. This album is easily his best. I wanted to put this in the top 13 for sentimental reasons, but couldn’t.
Matt Redman | Your Grace Finds Me (Live)
Normally Matt Redman songs are only good when other people sing them, not this album. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe since he’s hanging around Chris Tomlin more he’s gotten better. Either way, this worship album is incredible.
Local Natives | Hummingbird
Hard to believe this is only their second album, but it is good.
Ra Ra Riot | Beta Love
Best way to sum this album up: fun. Good, upbeat fun.
Pickering Pick | Tropic
Make a good cup of coffee on a cold day, grab a blanket, a book and this album. You’ll thank me.
Olafur Arnalds | For Now I Am Winter
His albums are perfect background music to working, reading or hanging with friends. So good.
City and Colour | The Hurry And The Harm
As one review said, “If you’re looking for heartbreak, purpose, and tears, then step on board City & Colour’s The Hurry and the Harm.”
Pacific Air | Stop Talking
A great dreamy pop album.
Washed Out | Paracosm
I never get tired of this band. Perfect for blasting in the car when you just want to rock out.
The Avett Brothers | Magpie And The Dandelion
Every year The Avett Brothers release an album, they make this list. They are that good.
Courrier | Cathedrals of Color
Great indie pop record. You will not be disappointed with this one.
Hillsong United | Zion
The second best worship album of the year. Matt Redman was third, this one is second.
The Digital Age | Evening:Morning
This is the best worship album of the year.
It’s almost the end of the year. If you are new to my blog, you may not know that at the end of the year I share my favorite albums and books of the year. You can see pasts lists here.
Before giving you my list of favorite albums of 2013, I’d love to hear what were your favorite albums of the year. Unlike the book list, to make my favorite albums of the year list, it must be an album released in that year (ie. 2013).
So, in the comment section, fire away and share with us your favorite albums of the past year. I’ll share my list next week.
I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, but thankfully, there is some really good Christmas music out there. Here are some of the ones our family is loving this year:
- Adventus. – A Christmas EP
- Future of Forestry - Advent Christmas EP, Advent Christmas Ep, Vol. 2, and Advent Christmas EP, Vol. 3
- Folk Angel - Christmas Songs Vol. 1, Christmas Songs Vol. 2, Comfort & Joy – Christmas Songs Vol. 3, and Glad Tidings – Christmas Songs Vol. 4
- Beta Radio - The Songs the Season Brings and The Songs the Season Brings: Vol. 2
- Phil Wickham - Songs For Christmas
- Young Oceans - Advent
- Austin Stone - A Day of Glory (Songs for Christmas)
- Ben and Jenna - Christmas EP
- Hillsong - We Have a Savior and Born Is The King
- Andrew Greer - Angel Band: The Christmas Sessions
- The Last Bison - Sleigh Ride
- Sleeping at Last – Christmas Collection 2013 (Free)
- Seabird - Over The Hills And Everywhere: A Christmas EP
Here’s a new song we’re learning Sunday at Revolution Church as we look at John 14:7 – 31 and the peace that the Holy Spirit brings to our lives. Fits perfectly.
Paul taught this song this past week and it is incredible. We’re singing it again this week, get ready.
Today, the new album from The National called Trouble Will Find Me Here came out. I’ve listened to it 3 or 4 times and it is easily the best album I’ve heard all year so far. Here’s a song from it.
Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.
- 20 reasons why going to the gym is a waste of time. This will make you laugh.
- Michael Lukaszewski on 10 ways to be miserable as a pastor. I’ve done almost all of these at one point or another. Great list.
- How Ryan Huguley preps a sermon.
- Relevant Magazine on The state of music in 2013.
Evolution of Music
Katie and I just saw Sigur Ros in concert and I can’t say how incredible it was.
Here is a song from their new album coming out in June.