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Best Of 2013 - 2014 George Best Of 2013



ARTIST: Best Of 2013
ARTICLE: George Best Of 2013
YEAR: 2014

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Background
It's been funny sort of year. Some great releases generally, and a cementing of the established within the melodic rock genre. It's hard to know just how well the scene is doing. Bands are still out there, profits from CD sales and downloads is debatable. Some will tell you the model is working, others will say it sucks. A good example is the Spotify model. Honestly, I can't see how a band can make any money from Spotify. Personally, I feel it's nothing more than a rip-off with Spotify winning and everyone else losing. With I-tunes its even harder to see who comes out a winner. I still like CD Baby, as it empowers an artist to be proactive. Also, it promotes the physical CD, which many of us still love. The reissue scene is great for GDM followers, with Rock Candy doing a sterling job. 2014 looks like it's another bumper year in that scene. Let's not forget some of the other players too such as BGO and Rhino.

As far as departures are concerned, we pay tribute to: J.J Cale, Lou Reed, Trevor Bolder, Jan Kuhnemund, Peter Banks (Yes), Rick Chadock (White Sister), Phil Ramone, Allen Lanier (BOC), Dave Brown (Sound Barrier), Peppi Marchello (Good Rats), Clive Burr (Iron Maiden), Brett Walker (Person To Person), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) and Kevin Ayers. Hail to all! The Departure Lounge was full this year!

Anyway, onto my Top 10 selections..


The Selections
01 - Houston - II
Well, everyone else enjoyed it, and it quickly became the most talked about album at GDM HQ for a few weeks. A grande album, and it got many hours of airplay during 2013. I guess it's easy to see why it got to #1. For those that didn't get it, you are forgiven..

02 - Care Of Night - Care Of Night
Yep, so it was only 6 tracks, of which 4 were amazing (no, world class), the other 2 less so as they were only demos. An amazing sound, and I can't wait to see what they come up with in 2014. Now, if only Wachen would answer my interview questions.. lol!

03 - Amaranthe - The Nexus
I love my power metal, and Swedish outfit Amaranthe are at the top of the heap! Melodic to the core, fast and furious when need be, and great songwriting. Oh, and Elize Ryd is one hottie!

04 - State Cows - II
A few reviewers didn't quite get State Cows. Not surprising, as they were mainly HM and prog metal sites, and really, what would they know about west coast? This band are a throwback to the early 80's, and are more about L.A than Sweden!

05 - Find Me - Wings Of Love
They've never met in person, but Daniel Flores and Robbie LeBlanc are like peas in a pod when it comes to melodic rock. Awesome vocals, and some songs which are hard to blank (or is it blanc) out from the memory banks.

06 - Adriangale - Suckerpunch!
An enjoyable album of melodic rock from a band that quite clearly know what they're about, after being out of the game for a few years. This one got a lot of airtime at GDM Towers!

07 - Seventh Key - I Will Survive
Well overdue, and being a sucker for Kansas, Streets and Steelhouse Lane, this came together easily for me, as it did others.

08 - Place Vendome - Thunder In The Distance
I wasn't that 'gaga' over the first two PV albums, but somehow, something clicked when listening to this one. It spent weeks on my playlist, and I got well acquainted with Michael Kiske's aversion to AOR.

09 - Jessica Wolff - Renegade
This Finnish pop-rocker gal hit all the right spots with me on her debut. She could do wonders if she keeps the same production team for her next album. Oh yeah, the Japanese love her, instant guaranteed success!

10 - Laneslide - Flying High
Bruno Kraler's 'project (Brunorock), and in tandem with Frank Vestry (Marcello Vestry), this one had a lot going for it. Melodic rock to a tee, big sound, but a couple of moments which probably docked it a point.

10 - Heartbreak Radio - On Air
Not quite as west coast as State Cows, I fell in love with 'On Air' early in 2013, and these Swedes are as smooth as silk. I hope they come out with another CD soon, and I'm hoping that countrymen (and women) Sonic Station follow suit..

Fringe Contenders
Let's add these albums to the nearly list.

Comedy Of Errors - Fanfare And Fantasy
Amory - Empyrean Dreams
James Christian - Lay Your Love On Me
Fergie Fredriksen - In Any Given Moment
China - We Are The Stars
Reckless Love - Spirit
Snowfall - Cold Silence
King Kobra - II
Summers - 364
Ian Stewart - Junk DNA
Keldian - Outbound (yet to be reviewed, but will very shortly)

Disappointments
Arcangel - Harlequin Of Light
I gave this a 7/10. In hindsight, it probably should've been lower. Majorly disappointing given it was the Arcangel name that was used. If it was Cannata, I probably wouldn't have batted an eyelid.

Boston - Life, Love, Hope
Probably should've been called 'Death, Hate, Hopeless'. Yes, it really was that bad. Shockingly so to tell you the truth. Eleven years for what?

Osukaru - Triumphant
A good band spoilt by some appalling song choices and musician additions.

Starfire - The Way I Am
Don't you mean the way you were? The PR is good, the music is terrible.

Farraday - Shade Of Love
Aspiring Greek AORsters for sure. I applaud them for that. But mate, sort those vocals out eh?

Coney Hatch - Four
I was kinda hoping for so much better..


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#1 | gdazegod on July 13 2014 13:16:04
Re-reading my choices from last year, yep, still fairly accurate from my recollection..
 
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