Albums Of 2013 – Joseph

1. FIDLAR – FIDLAR There may have been albums that sparked widespread debate, brought wider issues under the lens or challenged the way we consumed music in 2013 but no album stood as a monument to sheer fun quite like FIDLAR’s fully-formed self-titled debut. A thrilling, snotty and life-affirming 35-minute blast centred around drinking, drugs…

Review: No Blues – Los Campesinos!

Originally written for Redbrick: http://issuu.com/redbrickonline/docs/cbe001_011113_issue1436/13?e=1031349/5461105 A cursory glance at the track list of Los Campesinos!’s fourth album No Blues reveals references to both The Smiths and James Joyce, Gareth Campesinos!’s lyrics are poetically personal and often death-fixated whilst the music within finds the band even more comfortable with embracing the slower tempos and deeper textures explored…

Retrospective: Music For Earthworms – Aesop Rock

From the moment the first rapper made it his mission to say something cleverer than his peers and set off the lyrical arms race that has been hip hop’s raison d’etre ever since, it must have been obvious to someone what the culmination of the dialectic would sound like. From one perspective, rap’s genesis might…

Review: Nothing Was The Same – Drake

Originally written for Redbrick: http://www.redbrick.me/2013/10/album-review-drake-nothing-was-the-same/ ‘My life’s a completed checklist’ brags Drake on ‘Tuscan Leather’, the opening track from his troubled and triumphant third album Nothing Was The Same; Drake sounds like his usual self-aggrandising/self-loathing self on this number, but with a new sense of urgency. With the album becoming a more important concept to the…

Review: Arctic Monkeys – AM

We’ve come a long way with Arctic Monkeys. It’s been 8 years since ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ exploded out of the Internet, the first real instance of Internet new millennialism crossing over into the ‘real’ music world (can we blame Alex Turner for Vevo?). In 2013, we are already far removed from…

Review: This Is… – Icona Pop

I first listened to Icona Pop’s This Is… on a walk into town at around midday. By the time it was over, only one thought was going through my head: ‘why aren’t any clubs open?!’. If this album can have the effect on a bespectacled guy who writes a music blog named after a Tom…