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Your Albums of the Year ‘23

Discussion in 'music' started by Whaleblue, Jan 20, 2023.

  1. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    January 20th, and time to post what you’re liking in 2023.

    This is an interesting offering with rather nice mid-west US lilted vocals from this new-to-me artist.

    Not sure it’ll make a top 10 in December, but gotta start somewhere, and it’s good enough for that!

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  2. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

  3. webster

    webster Listen & enjoy.

    Played this a couple of times via Qobuz - a grower for sure.

  4. jonesi

    jonesi pfm Member

    This year's repeat players for me are:
    • Turn The Car Around - Gaz Coombes
    • Late Developers - Belle and Sebastian
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  5. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Cracker Island - Gorillaz

    A proper entry into the ‘23 list. Not sure how best to describe it, but full of good tracks.

    And it’s got Stevie Nicks on it. What’s not to like?

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  6. evand

    evand pfm Member

    You’d do well to visit her discography - not a dud among them.
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  7. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    Besides the latest from Margo

    Raye - My 21st Century Blues

    Samia - Honey
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  8. bor

    bor queue jumper

    Algiers - Shook

    This feels like it was recorded in the middle of a Floyd George riot, a bleak, dark album, defiantly of the zeitgeist.

    As ever, Algiers veer from soul through jazz to gospel to indie and back, often in the same song. This time there is even a bit of MC5s bookended with some trap.

    Multiple collaborations pulled into this album including Samuel T Herring, Zack de la Rocha and more, with Big Rube as narrator.

    Lots of short spoken word pieces, combined with quite a few songs of 2 or 3 minute length adding to the chaotic, visceral, jittery feel of this album.

    Multi facetted, multi-layered, I wouldn't say it always works musically, but definitely a massively powerful soundtrack to these difficult years.

    Difficult, heady, demanding listen. I doubt I'll hear anything as good as this in 2023.

    This is one of the more approachable tracks, Bite Back, featuring Backxwash and Billy Woods:
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  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I like that. Will investigate further.

    Edit: ordered!
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  10. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    So far just Heavy Heavy - Young Father's

    I'm a massive Damon Albarn fan and usually like everything he has a hand in but this latest Gorillaz release is way off par for me.

    I'm always a bit worried when all the hype and build up starts really early and is OTT for months.
  11. maccar

    maccar pfm Member

    Rachel Unthank and Paul Smith of Maximo Park make an unlikely collaboration, but I love it
    Unthank: Smith Nowhere and Everywhere

  12. Tumeni Notes

    Tumeni Notes pfm Member

  13. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    My only '23 release so far, Vega Trails' Tremors in the Static on Gondwana. Duets between double bass and sax, for the most part, and reminiscent of Charlie Haden's duet and Magico projects. Not groundbreaking you could say but, you know, *Nice*:

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  14. Alex N

    Alex N pfm Member

    I like...

    Kali Malone - Does Spring Hide Its Joy
    Bianca Scout - The Heart of the Anchoress
    Kelela - Raven
    Dobrawa Czocher - Dreamscapes
    Hania Rani - On Giacometti
    Fadi Mohem - MOHEM 02

    The last of those isn’t an album, but another killer dub techno twelve from Berghain’s newest resident...

  15. Alex N

    Alex N pfm Member

    As always, some supersmooth vocals and stellar production on Raven...

    Whether slow and dreamy, or loud and clubby, Kelela never misses.
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  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    A signed white copy of Sleaford Mods UK Grim turned up earlier. It’s really good, though like a fair few modern pop/rock albums could have benefitted from an extra side or two. I don’t know the playing time, but it feels long and a bit quiet in level. Nice quiet flat pressing though. I’m late to the party here, this is the only album of theirs I’ve got, so no idea how it ranks, but it is what I was expecting after seeing various things on the TV. Quality stuff anyway.
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  17. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I only have their first album, it gets a bit samey.
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  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    This one is a bit more varied than I was expecting, e.g. has some bass guitar etc in places. I’d only seen clips of them live, which is just a laptop and shouting (in a good way obviously).
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  19. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    New Baxter Dury album coming in June, pre ordered mine. Loved the last three so I'm hoping he keeps the purple patch going.
    Brown Bottle likes this.
  20. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Umm, the thread is for 2023 new releases…

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