Best Albums Of 2013 :: #25 – #1 :: Exploding Head Syndrome

It’s crazy to believe how quick this year has passed. Personally it’s been the worst in a long, long time, but musically it’s definitely been one of the strongest. As to be expected, music websites and their dogs are posting end of year Best Of lists to show the reader that they’re good at what they do, and also to recommend a lot of gems they could’ve missed out on. Here at Exploding Head Syndrome, we’ve only posted three reviews and have been alive for roughly three weeks, so we’re using this Best Of season to recommend a whole bunch of music with 90% less words! It’s our final post of 2013! The final half of The Best Albums Of 2013 List! It’s been a tremendous year for music across all genres, and I cannot wait to see how 2014 shapes up.
    25. Poor Lily – Vuxola
    24. Factory Floor – Factory Floor
    23. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
    22. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
    21. Deerhunter – Monomania
    20. Los Campesinos! – No Blues
    19. Disclosure – Settle
    18. Lorde – Pure Heroine
    17. The Flaming Lips – The Terror
    16. Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
    15. Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
    14. Rhye – Woman
    13. Darkside – Psychic
    12. Savages – Silence Yourself
    11. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
    10. Burning House – Walking Into A Burning House
    09. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
    08. Burning Condors – Round Our Way
    07. Iceage – You’re Nothing
    06. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
    05. Evening Hymns – Spectral Dusk
    04. Kanye West – Yeezus
    03. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
    02. Arctic Monkeys – AM
    01. Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
…And there we have it. Our personal favourite album of 2013 is Queens Of The Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork. Not only is this album an absolute masterpiece in mainstream rock music, but it has helped me tremendously throughout this year. On first impression I was a little shocked to hear a strong absence of riffage and the addition of pianos, melodies and sadness to the QOTSA sound. Then three weeks later I wasn’t in a relationship anymore and suddenly all of the lyrics in I Sat By The Ocean and The Vampyre Of Time And Memory related to me in a world where I felt like an outsider. Tracks such as Keep Your Eyes Peeled and Smooth Sailing help bring back the badass quality of QOTSA that got me into them in the first place, but everything else they brought back to the airwaves after a six year hiatus became way more important to me in my plight to readjust myself as a member of this world. 

Anyway. So we are done with 2013! Come back early January 2014 where we will be back to reviewing singles, albums, Eps, splits, whatever’s out and hopefully building this site up to either as equal as Elusive Little Comments or even better! We will also be looking to head out on the road to attend gigs and contribute live reviews which should be pretty cool, not a certain shitty punk band though. Happy 2013 people!


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