Screw The Reviews!

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Ten days into the new year’s a pretty odd time to release my personal review for the past year. Truth is I wasn’t going to until I read a number of end of year reviews. My musical intelligence and iTunes tracklist felt pretty insulted. So I decided to put out a concise end of year music review. My end of year music review. The albums are listed in order of artiste’s names. I wouldn’t justify any of my inclusions since that’ll make this blog a pretty long one. But I’d try to justify a few major exclusions in at most a sentence or two.I have to get it off my chest in the hope it ends up being therapeutic to this generation’s seemingly ailing musical taste. “Once you free your mind about a concept of harmony or music being correct you can do whatever you want” – Giorgio

1. My Fav Albums Of 2013
Like A Rose – Ashley Monroe
Acid Rap – Chance The Rapper
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
iTunes Session – fun.(2013)
English Rain – Gabrielle Aplin
Days Are Gone – HAIM
Born Sinner – J. Cole
Overgrown – James Blake
The Electric Lady – Janelle Monae
Pllaje-JMSN
Love In The Future – John Legend
Paradise Valley – John Mayer
The 20/20 Experience 1 – Justin Timberlake
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Yeezus – Kanye West
Ketevan – Katie Melua
To Be Loved – Michael Buble
My Name Is My Name -Pusha T
Modern Vampires Of The City -Vampire Weekend
Kissland – The Weeknd

2. Major Albums That Didn’t Make The Cut
Beyonce – Beyonce : Impressive album but had just two weeks in 2013 to digest it.Couldn’t risk indigestion
Nothing Was The Same -Drake: Played the full album just about twice.A grown man who emotes frequently gets annoying with time
MMLP2 – Eminem :A bit too familiar.
Magna Carta Holy Grail – Jay Z : No rapper excites me more.But my bias wasn’t even enough to get him a place
Sail Out – Jhene Aiko : Sounds like an unintended sequel to her first mixtape
The 20/20 Experience 2 – Justin Timberlake : The 20/20 Experience 1 set a high standard I guess
Pure Heroine – Lorde :She’s getting the praise Lana del Rey deserves because she was born a decade or so late
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke : Irony.Robin’s worst album produces his best hit song

3. Songs Released In 2013 That I Enjoyed (Songs Not On Any Of My Fav Albums Of The Year But I Enjoyed)
A to Z – Alice Russell
Slipping Away – Bilal
We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out – Deep Cotton
Oceans – Jay Z ft Frank Ocean
Heaven –Jay Z
Let Us Move On – Dido ft Kendrick Lamar
Spread The Love – Kenny Chesney (Feat. The Wailers With Elan)
Can’t Live With The World – Laura Mvula
Just Give Me A Reason – Pink ft Nate Ruess
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

4. Albums NOT Released In 2013 I Enjoyed
Tapestry – Carole King (1971)
Be – Common (2005)
The Sea – Corinne Bailey Rae(2010)
Extension Of A Man – Donny Hathaway (1973)
Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande (2012)
Night Train – Jason Aldean(2012)
Priscilla – JMSN (2011)
good kid M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar(2012)
MTV Unplugged – Lauryn Hill (2002)
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel (2012)
Babel – Mumford & Sons (2012)
Hip Hop Is Dead – Nas(2006)
Hearts & Bones – Paul Simon (1983)
Still Crazy After All These Years- Paul Simon(1975)
Stone Rollin’ – Raphael Saadiq (2011)
True – Solange (2012)
Dead & Born & Grown -The Staves (2012)
Fufillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder (1974)

5. Songs NOT Released In 2013 That I Enjoyed (Not On Any Of My Fav Old Albums For The Year)
Melt My Heart To Stone – Adele (2008)
Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green
Not Even The King – Alicia Keys(2012)
Michelle – The Beatles (1965)
Towers – Bon Iver (2011)
The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway (1970)
Forrest Gump – Frank Ocean (2012)
American Wedding – Frank Ocean (2010)
The Gambler – fun. (2010)
Live High – Jason Mraz (2008)
Wait For Me – Motopony (2009)
Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Norah Jones ft Belle & Sebastien
Ballad of the Sad Young Men – Roberta Flack (1969)
Where Is The Love – Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack (1972)

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