We're already in 2014. And just when you thought you had enough 'best of' and next big thing' here is my belated end of year round-up. These are my four favourite albums of 2013. If you haven't already listened to them, then do it now. If you have listened to them let me know what you think. I'd love to hear if you agree or disagree. It's a pretty narrow list, mostly due to me being a closed-minded hermit. But if you'd like to see what else I listen to visit my last.fm listening profile.
The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation
I've been aware of these modern pop-punk greats for a while, but I only gave them a proper listen after they were billed for Slam Dunk festival last year. As it transpired I was too busy skanking to King Prawn and The Skints to catch see them live. What a mistake that was! This latest album by them is far and away my favourite album of 2013. As described on the band's twitter, it is realist pop-punk. It has everything you'd expect in a pop-punk masterpiece; anthemic choruses and killer riffs abound. What sets this apart though are the lyrics. Masterfully crafted, they tackle those issues that you rarely hear in popular music, never mind other pop-punk. This is an opera of suburban life from a mature perspective. Growing up, starting a family, being a parent, family history, home and death. These are familiar themes but they are dealt from a unique perspective and delivered with an authenticity and honesty which really reaches the soul and gives me those rare shivers up the neck.