Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top-20 Albums of 2013, no.2: John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

This is John Grant's most mature work to date - and his most heartfelt too. Going through depression, only to come out of it, seemingly on top of the world with a new (then) album and finding out you are HIV positive, is not anywhere near normal. But then Grant's life was not normal to begin with. The album worked as a therapy for him, without resorting into self-hate, or making every other song a lament mired in self-pity. Instead he revels in self-depreciation, making great music and moving one, even if it is one small step at a time. He is heartbreakingly honest and raw, being the definition of wearing his heart on his sleeve, musically that is. And in today's façade-important world, this is of great importance, anywhere one can find it. Start here.

no.03: Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
no.04: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
no.05: Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 1 of 2
no.06: London Grammar - If You Wait
no.07: The National - Trouble Will Find Me
no.08: Anna Calvi - One Breath
no.09: James Blake - Overgrown
no.10: Poliça - Shulamith
no.11: Scott Matthew - Unlearned
no.12: Phosphorescent - Muchacho
no.13: Laura Mvula - Sing For The Moon
no.14: The Ballet - I Blame Society
no.15: Son Lux - Lanterns
no.16: Gustaf Spetz - Saknaden
no.17: Daughter - If You Leave
no.18: Larry Gus - Years Not Living
no.19: Pan Pan - Missing Two Trains On Purpose 
no.20: inc. - No World

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