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Best Of 2013 - 2014 Eric Best Of 2013



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

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Background
2013 passed quickly but not without some bumps. On a personal level, it was a year of great and necessary change from the end of a relationship to a new job and residence among other things. In other words, this writers life has shifted 360 degrees from the end of 2012 but all the better for it. Musically I wasn't able to hear a lot of new sounds although I can safely say the second Houston album did little for me and Boston's latest should never have been released. I did manage to buy a handful of discs in the later half of the year and most of those appear on my list below. 2014 has already started out on a high note and I look forward to getting back in my reviewing mode here at Glory Daze so without further adieu my best of 2013. Eric..


The Selections
David Bowie - The Next Day
Astonishing comeback from Bowie, his best in years.

The Opium Cartel - Ardor
Terrific 80's styled sophisti-pop recalling 'Avalon' era Roxy Music, The Blue Nile and even a little Dream Academy.

Wire - Change Becomes Us
The best Wire album since 1979's art rock masterpiece '154'.

Comedy of Errors- Fanfare & Fantasy
Nothing new from this long-running Scottish prog band but an updated take on the classic neo sound.

Steve Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Prog rock's golden boy and for good reason. How can he possibly top this? Stay tuned...

Paul McCartney - New
Yeah, he's old and while this is not his best ever, 'New' shames much of what's currently coming out of the cesspool called modern rock. Listen children and learn.

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/ Red
Paddy McAloon has returned and the music world is a better place. Beautiful.

Todd Rundgren - State
Never one to be pigeonholed, Rundgren's 'State' explores dance rhythms with hooks galore. Very different, yet still very Todd.

Sound Of Contact - Dimensionaut
Phil Collins son Simon and he sounds just like him. That said, this is a stellar prog concept album.

Blackfield -IV
A fresh UK/ Israeli take on Beatles styled progressive pop with an emphasis on prog. Excellent.


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#1 | englandashes on January 09 2014 12:21:25
Good lot there for me to investigate further Eric, good one!
#2 | englandashes on February 10 2014 21:51:22
Been enjoying The Opium Cartel cd for the last couple of weeks that Eric mentions here, especially like the BOC cover, of Then Came The Last Days Of May, very relaxed version, may lost some of the passion, but hell, great to see this tune get some coverage.
 
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