THE EDITOR'S NETRHYTHMS TOP 10 OF 2013
As Mel Brooks once said, it’s good to be the king. Not least since I get to pick my Netrhythms Top 10 albums of the year. And it’s been an excellent year, with outstanding debuts, sensational comebacks and career bests from a whole spectrum of artists.
I could have doubled this list and still had to leave out some great music, so can I just raise and flag and salute such names as Paul Handyside, Emily Barker, Jamie Freeman, Lindi Ortega, Marc Carroll, Benajmin Folke Thomas, The Rockingbirds, Ruth Moody,The Carrivick Sisters and Dan Krikorian, all of whose albums deserve to be on someone’s Top 10 list.
But, steeling myself to the cream of my particular crop, in alphabetical order, here’s my personal pick of the year’s best. (Mike Davies)
1. Amelia Curran - Spectators
"The finest album Curran’s made, it sees her come of age and take her career to another level, no longer a spectator in the wings but a leading figure on the Americana folk stage."
2. Amy Speace - How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat
"She’s rebounded from emotional and physical setbacks with a renewed and centred confidence, something clearly demonstrated by the Laura Nyroesque vocal control of the unaccompanied opening to Hunter Moon."
3. Brennan Leigh and Noel McKay - Before The World Was Made
"The album favours a mix of honky tonk and hayride ballads about romances blooming and busting, Leigh’s vocals sometimes conjuring the spirit of Patsy Cline."
4. Bridie Jackson and the Arbour - Bitter Lullabies "Every now and then an album comes along that takes your breath away with its bracing originality, bringing something previously unheard to the genre. Such is this .... cocktail of Smoke Fairies, Mahalia Jackson and Les Mysteres des Voix Bulgares...brushed with Jackson’s very individual magic."
5. Jasmine Kennedy - A Love Song To Finance "A literate writer of worldly wise observational insight, humanity and compassion blessed with a voice so intimate it’s like eavesdropping on a death bed confessional."
6. Laurence Made Me Cry - The Diary of Me
"Houses is a lovely straightfoward fingerpicked number about impermanence, the simplicity maintained for the tinkling folk pop A Channelling/Northern Lights, a ukulele climaxing track that may well have her tagged as a female Mumford And Sons."
7. My Darling Clementine - The Reconciliation?
"Again recreating the classic country sounds of George and Tammy, Dolly and Porter and Buck Owens.... the sleeve says file under country. No, file under country album of the year."
8. Reg Meuross - Leaves and Feathers
"I Am The House, a hymn of solace and comfort for lives wounded, lonely and lost. fills your soul with peace, the sort of song you might want to hear on your deathbed."
9. The Self Help Group - Not Waving, But Drowning
"Superbly balancing involving lyrical content with entrancing music, the group have arrived at one of the year’s best debuts."
10. Winter Mountain - Winter Mountain
"Acoustic rootsy pop with upbeat, breezy melodies, catchy choruses and fabulous harmonies (this is) likely to loom large on many a best debut of the year list."
And the + 1 cheat
Linda Thompson - Won’t Be Long Now
"Very much a family affair, if you’re wondering where Richard got to... the icing on the cake is the superb trad-flavoured Love’s For Babies And Fools on which he plays acoustic guitar while his ex-wife sings..sounding in marvellously expressive voice and her writing as sharp as ever."
webhosting and commercial solutions for musicians and music - big and small
Top 10 Copyright Myths page from UK Copyright Service.