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The Best Albums of 2013

Whether you enjoy classic, modern, or independent rock, 2013 was a great year for music. Several “best of” lists have been posted around the internet already, but it’s time for The Writer’s Journey to weigh in with our list and a brief sentence about each. And away we go…

The Best of 2013

10. Brandon Reeves – A Decent Melody. A fantastic independent release from a Georgia-based blues artist, Reeves’ album is much better than decent.
9. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt. The kings of the nineties rule again with a throwback to the seventies.
8. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Part 1 is good, but Part 2 will go down as a historically great record.

The Best of 2013

7. Stryper – No More Hell to Pay. The Yellow and Black Attack is back with soaring vocals and squealing guitar solos, a fantastic hair metal album.
6. J Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors. Another throwback rock band with hints of Aerosmith and the Black Crowes.
5. Black Sabbath – 13. Ozzy, Iommi, and Butler recaptured the magic of the band’s beginnings and reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 charts.

The Best of 2013

4. Newsted – Heavy Metal Music. It’s heavy and it’s loud and it’s everything you would expect from a former member of Metallica.
3. Krokus – Dirty Dynamite. Full of catchy hooks, but the best song might be the Beatles cover “Help,” arranged as a hair metal ballad.
2. Twenty One Pilots – Vessel. Modern rock at its finest, and they really rock out with a ukulele on “House of Gold.”

The Best of 2013

1. Death On Two Wheels – Death On Two Wheels. Traditional hard rock sound with more authenticity than anyone else out there.

Here are some other “Best of 2013” lists around the web…

Brandon Reeves – A Decent Melody (2013)

Brandon Reeves

Brandon Reeves
A Decent Melody
Independent release, 2013
47 minutes

Blues music has taken many forms over the years, from rootsy southern grit to bombastic British riffs to tear-it-down Texas tunes. Brandon Reeves is able to take the best of each style, constructing a solid blues album in A Decent Melody. Reeves delivers a few acoustic tracks with a definite country flair, but the songs that stick with this listener are the electric, SRV-influenced tracks such as “16 Months” and “Still Had To Run.” His guitar solos especially shine through on these electric numbers.

Reeves handles all lead vocals, guitar, resonator, mandolin and most bass guitar duties on A Decent Melody He is backed by Corey Ahlquist (drums), John Carrozza (keyboards), Mike Terrell (harmony vocals), Derek Morgan (bass on “Wherever It Might Be”), and Adrian Ash (drums on “Wherever It Might Be”).

A sneak preview of the album was posted by Reeves on YouTube:

1. I Still Believe
2. Last Dollar Bill
3. A Decent Melody
4. Dry River Blues
5. Song About An Irish Girl
6. Every Heart Breaks Free
7. Born In The Country
8. 16 Months
9. Used To Have A Good Woman
10. Wherever It Might Be
11. Still Had To Run
12. Who Do You Say I Am?
13. Reno

Learn more about Brandon Reeves.

Purchase Brandon Reeves – A Decent Melody.

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