The best of… is yet to come
The New Year is a great time to look at both the best of last year’s music and what’s yet to come.
In 2013 there were comebacks from Bowie, Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, the best of which was Nick Cave and his band Bad Seeds. Their album ‘Push the sky away’ was one to magically seduce, frustrate and caress us. The quality of the studio work retained the sense of going to one of their intense, adrenaline-fuelled, struck-by-lightning-bolt feel concerts.
There was also a pleasing and unexpected return of My Bloody Valentine with their album ‘MBV’ and their unique sound.
The Queens of the Stone Age album, ‘Like a clockwork’, silenced the critics, was liked by the fans and herald the possibility of a live tour.
Then of course, there were the bands who, although young have bags of experience, with their hallowed sounds, such as the Artic Monkeys and ’AM’, Vampire weekend with ‘Modern vampires of the city’ , Foals and their ‘Holy Fire’ and especially, The National with ‘trouble will find me’.
Amongst last year’s revelations there were Daughter, Deerhunter, Local Natives and, for the bad asses, Savages and Warpaint – who know how to deliver.
In 2014 there’ll be eye-catching European festivals with amazing line-ups.
In Italy, ‘Rock in Idro’, (Bologna) and ‘Rock in Roma’ will have the best line-ups, and it’s hoped that some of the above-mentioned will tour here, along with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Depeche Mode, Pixies and ZZ Top.
There’ll also be albums from Morrissey, Joan as Policewoman (as well as a tour), Band of Horses, Beck, Kaiser Chiefs and Cash.
All we can do now is wait – with anticipation.