On the anniversary of its original release, RS scribe Jack Rogers looks back on one of the most iconic albums of recent times and considers just why it is still as important today.
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Top ten time in our 50 Best Albums of 2013! Check out the rest of the list at these links: part one, two, three, four and feast your eyes on the ten most important records that were given to the world this year!
10. Balance And Composure ‘The Things We Think We're Missing’ (No Sleep Records/Hassle)
A record that was sometimes obtuse, often jaded but always utterly captivating, and one that turned the band into one of modern rock’s brightest prospects.
09. The Story So Far ‘What You Don't See’ (Pure Noise)
The songwriting is excellent, production is excellent, vocals are way better and the lyrics are relatable with so many people.
08. The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’ (Party Smasher)
With a heavy helping of the anthemic-yet-evil melody that made ‘Miss Machine’ so exciting and all the spasmodic violence and weirdness we love them for, ‘One Of Us Is The Killer’ was exactly what was hoped for.
07. Defeater ‘Letters Home’ (Bridge 9)
Ahead of this record’s release, Defeater were renowned for mixing intricate hardcore songwriting with lyrics rooted in history and family, and their third album let precisely no one down.
06. Frank Turner 'Tape Deck Heart' (Xtra Mile)
His most personal – and best – album yet, Frank’s fifth effort in six years took the red-raw honesty of his earliest material and married it to a clutch of songs that were both comfortingly familiar and ambitious enough to justify the commercial success this record brought.
05. The Wonder Years 'The Greatest Generation' (Hopeless)
'The Greatest Generation’ was an imperious display of pop-punk at its savvy best and the defining album of what may well have been the genre's best year for a decade.
04. A Day To Remember 'Common Courtesy' (self-release)
‘Common Courtesy’ felt like the beginning of a glorious new chapter rather than the ending of a truly harrowing one. And that’s no mean feat.
03. Paramore 'Paramore' (Fueled By Ramen / Warner)
They’ve found a perfect balance of experimental and their signature Paramore sound. As well as that, it’s a super fun album.
02. Bring Me The Horizon ‘Sempiternal’ (RCA)
With a nuanced and fluid approach to metal, Bring Me The Horizon are not just playing the game, they are changing it.
01. Letlive. ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ (Epitaph)
While ‘Fake History’ kicked and bucked with nervous energy, this record took the kernel of what made them so exciting in the first place and painted it brightly for all the world to see.
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