My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by The Blackout's Rhys Lewis
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 Welsh party rockers The Blackout and their bassist Rhy Lewis. What do you make of his picks?
The Blackout - Start The Party
"First on the list is obviously us; The Blackout. Probably the happiest/ most positive album we’ve ever released. A good album for good times."
Paramore - Paramore
"They've made such a great comeback album from losing their longtime drummer and guitarist. This is their most accessible album to date."
Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
"Album by album they grow better as song writers. Finally they’ve created the crossover album that I hoped they would. They still retain their edge and identity when doing so."
Haim - Days Are Gone
"It seemed like ‘forever’ for them to get around to releasing this album. It doesn’t disappoint. It’s a great mix of rock, pop and r&b. These girls can really wail."
Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
"Still consistently releasing great album after great album. This hasn’t been as big as their previous efforts commercially; but it’s still one of their best to date."
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
"Great to see (hear) Trent Reznor back with his poignantly sombre band after a couple of years of composing for film and winning Oscars. The’ve gone back to their roots with less guitars/live drums and more synths, still managing to pack a punch after all these years."
Kids In Glass Houses - Peace
"Hooks galore from our good Welsh friends. Experimenting with synths this time around. Always managing to sound fresh."
Foals - Holy Fire
"Another band who have managed to retain their sound and identity after becoming more commercially accessible; and they sound better for it."
Letlive - The Blackest Beautiful
"One of the greatest modern live bands try to squeeze their incendiary show into another album. It’s quite a task but they manage to pull it off yet again."
The 1975 - The 1975
"One of the best pop rock albums of the year. A great debut from a band of boys that are effortlessly catchy, cool and likeable."