#1 – My Favorite Albums of 2013

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest Producer – John O’Mahony, Sara Bareilles, Mark Endert, Kurt Uenala   The Grammys got one thing right this year and that’s nominating this record for album of the year.  Sara will finally get the credit she deserves as the most versatile and talented female pop artist currently making records. Everything Katy…

#2 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Producer – Dr. Dre (exec.), Rick Rubin (exec.), Eminem, Aalias, Alex da Kid, Cardiak, DJ Khalil, DVLP, Emile, Filthy, Frank Dukes, Frequency, Jeff Bhasker, Luis Resto, M-Phazes, S1, Sid Roams, StreetRunner The one thing that makes me love Eminem, and this album, so much is that his songs are…

#3 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

HAIM – Days Are Gone Producer – James Ford, Ludwig Göransson, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid The debut album from the sister trio of Alana, Danielle and Este Haim is a masterful work of retro pop/rock art. Their sometime Wilson Phillips style pop songs are incredibly catchy and their alt rock tracks show their talent is…

#4 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork Producer – Josh Homme, Queens Of The Stone Age, James Lavelle   Josh Homme does not get enough credit for how much of a musical genius he actually is. …Like Clockwork is easily his best work yet. Haunting themes and catchy melodies absorbed into masterfully crafted musicianship creates an instant classic of an album. It…

#5 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt Producer – Brendan O’Brien   It’s Pearl Jam at their best – Being the greatest grunge rock band out there. Everybody talks about Nirvana and how they changed music forever in the 90’s, but it was Pearl Jam that solidified that change back then and still continue to this day. After all…

#6 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Arcade Fire – Reflektor Producer – James Murphy, Markus Dravs, Arcade Fire Arcade Fire are on what has to be a record setting streak of continuously making extremely adept albums. They have yet to release a bad album and have yet to not make my top 20 list. Reflektor, their fourth album, is a two disc…

#7 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King Producer – Mike Elizindo   Hail to the King will be remembered as one of those all time great classic mainstream metal albums on par with greats like Metallica’s black album, Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction and Anthrax’s The Sound of White Noise. Blistering riffs and thunderous rhythms meld…

#8 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Paramore – Paramore Producer – Justin Meldal Johnsen, Taylor York   Paramore somehow lost two of their primary songwriters to a bitter feud yet managed to write their best album yet.  The sound of the band has gone in a slightly different direction while still maintaining their roots as a female fronted pop punk band….

#9 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Crash Kings – Dark Of The Daylight Producer – Nick Launay   No that is not an electric guitar, it’s a clavinet outfitted with a whammy bar and played through a distortion pedal. If that isn’t reason enough to listen to this band then I don’t know what is.  Blistering riffs and Coverdalesque vocals drive the…