My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Lucy Spraggan
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 Lucy Spraggan, who's been touring in support of her debut album proper Join The Club, but is also hard at work on the follow-up. "I want to get the second album out next year, I've probably got enough material now, I can't wait to get back in the studio again. I've been doing more co-writing recently, but more for other people than for myself."
These are her favourite 10 records of 2013, let's see what you think of them….
Drake - Nothing Was The Same
"I've always liked Drake and how different he is to other rappers. His tracks are so hooky, but his wordplay is so incredible and he always manages to hide so much meaning in his words. This album, like all his others, really tells a story, I love that about him."
Haim – Days Are Gone
"This was one of the few album in the last year that I've been able to listen to all the way through. This wasn't even a grower, I loved it straight away. This was my tour record, I played it all the time on tour, I love those girls."
Lorde - Pure Heroine
"I like a lot of the songs on this, but it's definitely a grower. But I love her attitude and how her songs pack such a punch, especially as she's so young. It's really well-written, the production is incredible and I really like her style."
Kanye West - Yeezus
"I'm a huge fan of Kanye, going right to the start. I think his first album will always be his best and he loses something with every album, but still, there's no one on the same level as him. I love how he's incorporated all these different influences into this record."
Watsky - Cardboard Castles
"This is an insanely good album, he's just one of the best writers out there. He's a rapper and a spoken word artist, but his music is just something else. I'd recommend him to anyone, he has such a way with words and just writes these incredibly smart songs."
London Grammar - If You Wait
"I used to listen to Haim on tour, that was my party album, the album I'd listen to when I was getting ready to play, to get pumped out. London Grammar was my sleep album, my way to relax. The melodies are incredible, her voice is absolutely beautiful and the use of guitar is just so well done, it's very different from everything else."
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
"I'm a massive rap fan and Eminem, like he says himself, he's a Rap God. It feels like every time there's a new Eminem record everyone's always shocked by how good it is, I don't know why, he's consistently great. I love all the collaborations on this album too, he's a total musical legend."
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (The Complete Experience)
"I was really impressed by this. 'Mirrors' is such a great track, one of my favourites this year. I really liked the style that went with this; the album makes you feel really dapper, it makes you want to put on a tuxedo before you listen to it."
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
"I love the impact Nile Rodgers has had on them. I love everything about Daft Punk, the basslines, the songs, the way it's put together. It was always going to be brilliant, it's Daft Punk."
Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
"I love Miley. I love the statement she's been making. The writing on this album has been so good; imagine if you'd come out of the studio and you'd just written Wrecking Ball, you’d be so chuffed. The hooks and the rhythms on this album are so brilliant, and for her to come out with all this amazing music and big statements while being slated all the time, I really respect that."