The Music I Loved This Year

MUSIC I LOVED THIS YEARLet me start by offering a couple huge caveats with this list. Number one, very few of these are albums came out in 2013. I’m often significantly behind musical trends and it so happens that I tend to discover great music several years after the fact. Number two, these are all “new albums” to me, meaning either that I discovered them this year, or I reintroduced myself to the album this year and woke up to how truly great it is. Number three, I listen to a lot of hip hop, some of it censored, some of it uncensored, but I have the self-control to censor certain songs (meaning that if I find specific songs leading me towards sin, then I skip them). I believe this is an area of conscious and find that some of us have different limits. Please follow your limits, not mine! (Also, my limits have changed and evolved with time and continue to do so).

Having said all that, here are my favorite new (but really old) albums of 2013:

Without a doubt, my favorite album of the year is a mashup album of A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde (two 90’s hip hop groups) by Amerigo Gazaway, aptly named:  Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the Pharcyde.  If you haven’t heard this mashup yet, it was taken down due to copyright infringement, but can be found on YouTube. Do yourself a favor and go listen.

Things I haven’t bought / or haven’t listened to enough yet to put on this list:

  • Five Iron Frenzy – Engine of a Million Plots
  • Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  • Derek Webb – I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry, and I Love You
  • Several albums from top ten lists around the web.

Complete List of Favorite Albums:

  • Amerigo Gazaway – Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to the PharCyde
  • Lecrae – Church Clothes Vol 2
  • Ghost Ship – The Good King
  • Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  • Amy Winehouse – Frank
  • Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
  • Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
  • Alice in Chains – God Put the Dinosaurs Here
  • Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
  • Jill Scott – Beautifully Human
  • Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  • Nas – Life is Good
  • Nas – Illmatic
  • Neil Young & The International Harvesters – A Treasure Live
  • Wick-It The Investigator – The Brothers of Chico Dusty
  • Radiohead – OK Computer
  • Dustin Kensrue – The Water and The Blood
  • Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

 Singles I Love:

  • Ellie Goulding – Lights [Bassnector Remix]
  • Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Feat. Florence Welch) [Diplo + Grandtheft Remix]
  • KB – HCB Freestyle
  • Derek Minor – Dear Mr. Christian (Feat. Dee-1 & Lecrae)
  • Chris Tomlin – Once for All

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