Foals - Holy Fire
With ‘Holy Fire’, Foals finally ended up in my list of favorite bands. A couple of singles of the albums ‘Antidotes’ and ‘Total Life Forever’ made it to my playlists in the past but never triggered me to listen to the full albums. The commercial sounding single ‘My Number’ did trigger to do that. By the end of the year this single became a little overplayed but the strength of the whole album took care of a spot in my list of favorite albums of the year.
Favorite songs: Inhaler, Everytime,
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Yet another amazing album from Vampire Weekend. These Brooklyners don’t slip into the danger of mediocrity.
Favorite songs: Unbelievers, Diane Young, Finger Back,…
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
From as soon as I got into rock music, QotSA was one of my favorite bands. ‘…Like Clockwork’ has only confirmed my love for the danceable stoner rock of Josh Homme and co.
Favorite songs: I Sat By the Ocean, If I Had a Tail, My God is the Sun
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
The biggest musical buzz of 2013 was created by The Reflektors aka Arcade Fire. The release of the, by James Murphy produced, album ‘Reflektor’ was preceded by a huge promotional circus.
Favorite songs: Reflektor, We Exist, Normal Person, Afterrlife,…
Arctic Monkeys - AM
Arctic Monkeys is one of the biggest bands of the 21st century. I must say, after their legendary debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ I gradually started losing interest. With the funky album ‘AM’, the attention is completely back. The catch singles with the questioning titles (‘R U Mine?’, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’) are meant to be well remembered in music history.
Favorite songs: all?
Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
I was quite late picking up ‘Portugal.The Man’ but I immediately got a funky vibe from this Alaskan band. The influence from Danger Mouse on the 2013 album ‘Evil Friends”, that changed the sound of the band, made me listen to the album frequently.
Favorite songs: Creep in a T-shirt, Evil Friends, Atomic Man,…
Girls in Hawaii - Everest
Best Belgian album of 2013 is without a doubt ‘Everest’. After the death of drummer Denis Wielemans, the band was able to return after a couple of years of recovering with an amazing album.
Favorite songs: Misses, Not Dead, Mallory’s Heights
Stromae - Racine Carrée
I cannot finish this post without mentioning the most trending Belgian album of 2013. Brussels’ based Stromae is a phenomenon that strikes Europe and the rest of the world with his French songs. Interviewed by NY Times and picked up by many other newspapers and blogs he is ready to conquer the world.