What are the Songs Of The Year? You decide! (Pt.7 of 10)
Vote for your songs of 2013 in the ultimate rock end of year poll!
The new issue of Classic Rock, on sale now, features our critics’ choice of the albums and songs of the 2013. But we want to know which songs YOU think were the best rock had to offer in the last 12 months.
For the next coming days we’ll post up 10 songs a day and give you the chance to vote for your favourites. The resulting Top 50 will be revealed by the Classic Rock Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio on New Year’s Day (and on this website that same day).
Here are the seventh 10 – listen and place your votes below. You can vote for more than one track but you can only vote once.
Fish – The High Wood
Years of struggle fed into A Feast Of Consequences, Fish’s first album since 2007. Pessimistic and furious, the big man skewers celebrity culture, rues the state of the environment and looks back on relationships. But these are just warm-ups for the centrepiece, The High Wood – a five-part suite inspired by the bloody WWI battle in which both of his grandfathers fought.
The Graveltones – Catch Me On The Fly
At a time of gleaming production values, the Aussie blues duo throw great big clods of dirt. “I’m praying for the revolution, where music is gonna be humanised again,” says drummer Mikey Sorbello. They may be the ones to do it. This song swaggers, swings and squeals in all the right places, we think you’ll agree.
Monster Magnet – Three King Fishers
In recent years Monster Magnet trod water, but on latest album Lost Patrol they push the envelope. Dave Wyndorf et al combine the psychedelia of their early material with the more disciplined approach of albums like Powertrip. The result is organic, thrusting and experimental. Three King Fishers is a grimly twisted take on the Donovan song that they make their own.
Hey! Hello! – Feral Days
Wildheart-in-chief and one-man cottage industry Ginger may have been Hey! Hello!’s marquee name, but New York singer Victoria Liedtke was the real star. Oozing attitude like a young Debbie Harry, she traded lines with her Geordie foil, making their self-titled debut the year’s greatest scuzz-pop confection. You can’t move for giant choruses, but Feral Days just about edges it as the album’s standout track.
Deaf Havana – Caro Padre
They may have come up through the ‘screamo’ underground, but Deaf Havana’s debut album Old Souls repositioned them as the exciting new purveyors of literate, blue collar Americana-by-way-of-Norfolk. In frontman James Veck-Gilodi they had a man whose talents measured up to his poetic ambition. Caro Padre, the album’s deeply personal conclusion, raises you up and breaks your heart.
Motörhead – Lost Woman Blues
Troubling reports of Lemmy’s health issues onstage and off suggested that Motörhead’s 21st studio album might be their last. But despite all that, Aftershock was business as usual for the world’s loudest band – unreconstructed heavy metal rock’n’roll, played as only Motörhead can, with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure. Talking of curveballs, here’s Lost Woman Blues. Amid a barrage of hard and fast rock songs is this stinging blues, sung evocatively by Lemmy.
Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing
With Porcupine Tree seemingly a distant memory, their (former?) frontman was free to fully concentrate on his solo career. And the third album under his own name – The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories) – was his best so far. Framed as a series of Edgar Allan Poe-inspired short stories, its six typically complex songs each took on their own character, from hard-edged rockers to billowing ballads. This, the title track, is evocative, compelling stuff and is accompanied by a brilliant animated video.
The Temperance Movement – Only Friend
One of only of handful of new guitar bands to truly break through this year, The Temperance Movement notched up a Top 15 pacing with their self-titled debut album right off the bat. It wasn’t hard to see why: this was rock at its most classic, effortlessly switching between low-slung rockers and supremely tender ballads. Only Friend is the year’s finest slice of loose-limbed, gospel-infused, bad-news blues rock by a long distance.
Clutch – Earth Rocker
Ten albums and more than 20 years in, and the Maryland Sound Attack delivered its most fearsome dispatch yet with the Earth Rocker album. Its parade of military thwacks, macho-man stomping and the authoritative bellow of an angry lumberjack god all pointed to one definitive conclusion: Clutch are the heaviest funk band in the universe. With its lyrics of ‘I will suffer no evil/My guitar will guide me through’ the title track is a blood-boiling call to arms that kills phoney rock’n’roll dead and uses its bones to fuel the Clutch tour van.
Alter Bridge – Lover
With the best rock singer of his generation in Myles Kennedy, and a genuine guitar hero in Mark Tremonti, AlterBridge are the definitive modern classic rock band. They proved it with a fourth album – Fortress – which was widely acclaimed as their materpiece. This choice track is an anthem with the harmonic quality and moody atmospherics of prime Alice In Chains.
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