Sunday 31 December 2023

Albums of the Year 2023

 It’s the final day of 2023 which means it’s time to post a list of my favourite albums from this year.

There’s no big commentary here, it’s just a simple list, because I figure at this stage you’re probably bored of big long commentaries justifying why album X deserves it’s place at number 89 on a list of ‘THE DEFINITIVE 100 BEST ALBUMS OF 2023’ list.

It’s also a list of just 10 records, because frankly does anyone really care what my 89th favourite is? You probably don’t even care what my top 10 consists of, so going further than that is maybe just too much. If you really do want more though, you can find my Top 30 over on Spotify by clicking here. 

So here you are. The Breaking More Waves favourite albums of 2023. Compare them with your own. If we have a few similar and there are some on this list that you haven’t heard of, it might be worth giving them your time.

The fact that Spotify Wrapped tells me I’m the type of person that listens to an album from start to finish means that there's a big bunch of people out there that don't. More than ever we live in an age where not only people’s temperaments seem to get ever shorter but so do attention spans. This is bad news for albums, particularly for artists producing long, sprawling, often challenging listens. Who wants to sit through over an hour and 15 minutes of Lana Del Rey’s lengthy flawed beauty that is Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd when other internet sources can give you a 30 second blast of everything you think you need? The Tiktokification of music is killing patience. But greater long term reward requires that patience. So yes, I will sit through Lana’s new record from start to finish with no interruption multiple times. 

Therefore, if nothing else you can rest assured that the 10 records on this list are ones that have truly made a lasting impression on me in 2023. It was quite a battle between Caroline and Lana for number 1, but Caroline just shaved it – maybe the flawed beauty of Lana’s record just had slightly too many flaws?

Favourite Albums of 2023

1. Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want To Turn Into You

2. Lana Del Rey – Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Boulevard

3. Moyka – Movies, Cars & Heartbreak

4. Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

5. boygenius – the record

6. Warrington Runcorn New Town Development Plan – The Nation’s Most Central Location

7. Fever Ray – Radical Romantics

8. Laura Groves – Radio Red

9. Glume – Main Character

10. Lanterns On The Lake - Versions Of Us

Caroline Polachek - Smoke from Desire, I Want To Turn Into You


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