My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Andy Copping, Promoter Of Download Festival
For every day of December, we're going to be bringing out the Top 10 albums or films of the year, chosen by someone who we think has excellent taste to show off.
Today it's the turn of Andy Copping, the man responsible for booking Download Festival and many of the UK's biggest tours. There are some real curveballs among his picks too...
Arctic Monkeys - AM
"The accolades this album has received speak for themselves. I’ve always loved the Arctic Monkeys but I think this is their best album to date. They’ve honed their craft to an exceptional level and have become one of the best bands in Britain. This album is everything you want it to be and more. Their rawness and unstoppable energy makes them one of the most exciting bands to watch live."
Black Sabbath - 13
"When the original members of Black Sabbath announced in 2011 that they were to reform to record a new record and would be headlining Download in 2012, I was absolutely thrilled. They are, after all, probably the best heavy metal band ever to have picked up instruments.
Not long before the festival, we were all devastated to hear the news that the Iron Man himself, Tony Iommi, had been diagnosed with cancer. For a while we were unsure if there would be any shows, but true to his nickname, Tony not only stepped out on the stage to blow away 90,000 adoring fans at Donington Park, but he and the band have also put out what I would consider to be an impeccable Black Sabbath record. Having just completed a UK Arena tour and with Tony on the mend, I’d say there is quite literally no stopping them."
The Temperance Movement - The Temperance Movement
"Winners of Best Newcomers at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, The Temperance Movement play rousing, blues rock. With spectacular vocal harmonies reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival and a debut record that doesn’t have a bad song on it, these chaps are another group I’m expecting big things from in 2014. Go and see them live at the earliest opportunity, they’ll blow your socks off."
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
"The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is an exciting return to form from one of the most technically gifted rappers ever. Filled with the fire and bite of his younger days, he’s picked up where 2002’s Marshall Mathers LP left off and knocks it out the park on this record. All the usual collaborations you’d expect from an Eminem record are there once again, with a particular nod to his 4th with Rihanna on ‘The Monster’. He was great at Reading this year and I hope we get to see more from him in the live forum in 2014."
Haim - Days Are Gone
"The wonderful Haim sisters are another act that I’ve been lucky enough to work with from the beginning. They are an exceptionally talented trio of women and Days Are Gone is an incredible offering of a debut record. Filled with gorgeous vocal harmonies and wonderfully catchy pop melodies, I fully expect even bigger things to come in 2014."
Jay Z - Magna Carta...Holy Grail
"I think it’s safe to say that Jay Z is one of the coolest performers going. His effortless ability to consistently put out chart topper after chart topper is nothing short of miraculous. MGHG is no exception, packed with the swagger and massive bass lines we’ve all grown accustomed to with Jay Z.
The stand out songs such as ‘Tom Ford’ and ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ sit impeccably in his ever expanding greatest hits catalogue. We were treated to, what is in my opinion, one of the shows of the year at Wireless Festival this year, when Jay Z teamed up with Justin Timberlake to co-headline as ‘Legends of The Summer’."
David Bowie - The Next Day
"This is Mr Bowie’s 24th studio album, which to me is just incredible. He’s been at the forefront of popular music for over 40 years and yet still manages to remain incredibly cutting edge. In keeping with this, The Next Day is a rousing return to form from one of our country’s most treasured performers."
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
"I challenge anyone to put this record on and not be made to feel immediately ecstatic. It’s an exquisitely crafted collection of electro-pop songs. The HUGE #1 single ‘Get Lucky’ would be a contender for me for best song of the year; that Pharrell hook just doesn’t seem to get old."
Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King
"One of the things I love the most about Avenged Sevenfold is their ability to maintain a core ‘sound’ whilst changing up their musical style. Every album they’ve put out has been completely stylistically different to its predecessor; they’ve never been afraid to push boundaries and challenge themselves, but always maintained a signature sound.
They’re a band I’ve had the privilege of working with since their first visit to the UK, and to have watched them grow from their first show at London’s Underworld to now headlining Download Festival 2014 has definitely been a career highlight. Hail To The King is a stomping, heavy metal beast of a record, the songs sound absolutely massive live, Donington Park is in for a right treat next year."
Ludovico Einaudi – In A Time Lapse
"This year’s solo offering from Italian Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi is nothing short of mesmeric. It’s a beautifully haunting collection of piano and orchestral arrangements that will take your breath away. I was lucky enough to see him perform these songs live at the iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse this summer and it was one of the most stunning things I’ve ever witnessed."