Coble’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Coble’s Top Albums of 2013:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

In all seriousness, Justin Timberlake wins 2013. When this album first came out, it took a couple of listens before it sunk in. Life was empty without a song about courting in space (only he could make a song about that sexy) but now I can’t go back– no I won’t go back to a world without it. Everyone in our house loves it and it is the go-to music when we don’t know what to listen to. Whether it’s my speakers, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, my heart etc; I bow in front of the king, JT.

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Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal

This album is so rich and fulfilling. I discovered it in the spring and truly haven’t been able to wear it out. Harmonies are my weakness and so is catchy folk music, apparently. It’s been a theme this year for me.

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The Lumineers

Again with the catchy folk music. Jeremiah Fraites voice is young and vulnerable and perfect for this Americana sound. “Ho Hey” sucked me in and I haven’t left. It’s reminiscent of Cold War Kids in all the best ways.

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Everything is Bastille and nothing hurts.

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

This is the best comeback album of the decade so far, I will fight anyone who argues (with this album as a soundtrack, and I will win). Perhaps my opinions are blurred by nearly ten years of strong appreciation for this band, but I have no apologies for it.

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Note: Arcade Fire has a special place in my heart but I regret that this year’s album has not yet spoken to me.

Britain’s Got Talent: Irish Boys Cover Monsters & Men

Two schoolboys, Jack Duff and Cormac Connell, from Navan, County Meath, Ireland impressed the judges on Wednesday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent with their cover of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters & Men.

Of Monsters & Men: My Head is an Animal

Had I heard Of Monsters & Men’s full-length debut, My Head is an Animal, before compiling my Top Albums of 2012, the album most certainly would’ve been on the list. Led by singer-guitarists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, Of Monsters & Men are a five-piece, follk-pop ensemble from Iceland. Their exquisite recording blends the lovely male/female harmonies of The Civil Wars and the twinkling multi-instrumental arrangements of The Low Anthem with some choral embellishments worthy of Polyphonic Spree. The standout track is “Little Talks” and other highlights are “Mountain Sound” and “Your Bones.”


Of Monsters & Men Official Site