Thursday, September 21, 2023

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 2023

McQ's Best Of will be updating its best of 2023 album rankings throughout 2023 and 2024, and also updating which albums are in the listening pool below.  

Three of 2023 best rock outings, The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds, New York rabble-rousers Geese's 3D Country, and a fine posthumous collection of previously unreleased material from Sparklehorse - Bird Machine lead the latest additions to our rankings.

Highest Recommends

1. My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross - ANOHNI & The Johnsons
2. Guts - Olivia Rodrigo

Strong Recommends

3. Hackney Diamonds - The Rolling Stones
4. That! Feels! Good! - Jessie Ware
5. Desire, I Want To Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek
6. But Here We Are - Foo Fighters
7. False Lankum - Lankum
9. Javelin - Sufjan Stevens
10. EVERY LOSER - Iggy Pop

Solid Recommends

11. First Two Pages Of Frankenstein - The National
12. SOS - SZA
13. the record - boygenius
14. Fountain Baby - Amaarae
15. Weathervanes - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
16. Radical Romantics - Fever Ray
17. Chaos For The Fly - Grain Chatten
19. Bird Machine - Sparklehorse
20. 3D Country - Geese
21. Blondshell - Blondshell
22. everything is alive - Slowdive
23. This Is Why  - Paramore
24. Wait Til I Get Over - Durand Jones
25. Heavy Heavy  - Young Fathers
26. MERCY  - John Cale
27. Rat Saw God - Wednesday
28. I Inside The Old Year Dying - PJ Harvey
29. The Greater Wings - Julia Byrne
31. I Am Not There Anymore - The Clientele
32. Hit Parade - Roisin Murphy & DJ Koze
33. Bless This Mess - US Girls
34. The Chicago Sessions - Rodney Crowell
35. In Times New Roman - Queens Of The Stone Age 
36. Michael - Killer Mike
37. Danse Macabre - Duran Duran
38. Seven Psalms - Paul Simon
39. ATTA - Sigur Ros


Mild Recommends

40. Turn The Car Around - Gaz Coombes
41. Volcano - Jungle
42. We Buy Diabetic Test Strips - Armand Hammer
44. Gigi's Recovery - The Murder Capital
45. Art Dealers  - Low Cut Connie
46. Maps - Billy Woods & Kenny Segal
47. Crazymad, For Me - CMAT 
48. This Stupid World - Yo La Tengo
50. Toxic Positivity - The Used
51. 1980s Bubblegum - The Particles
52. Sea Of Mirrors - The Choral
53. Everyone's Crushed - Water From Your Eyes
54. With A Hammer - Yaeji
55. Heaven Is A Junkyard - Youth Lagoon
56. Cartwheel - Hotline TNT

2023 Albums In The Pool (# listens in/• strong early impressions)

10,000 gecs (2•) - 100 gecs
12 (1•) - Ryuichi Sakamotp
A Kiss For The Whole World (1) - Enter Shakari
Angel Numbers (2) - Hamish Hawk
Angels & Queens (2•) - Gabriels
Atlas - Laurel Halo
Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? - McKinley Dixon
Black Classical Music (2•) - Yussef Dayes
Black Rainbows (2) - Corrine Bailey Rae
Blomi (2) - Susanne Sunder
Breaking The Balls Of History (1) - QUASI
Cousin (1) - Wilco
Desire Pathway (2•) - Screaming Females
Erotic Probiotic 2 (1•) - Nourished By Time
Euphoric Recall (2•) - Braids
Everything Harmony (2) - The Lemon Twigs
Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) (2•) - Jaimie Branch
For That Beautiful Feeling (2•) - The Chemical Brothers
Formal Growth In The Desert (2) - Protomartyr
Fuse (2) - Everything But The Girl
Get Up Sequences Part Two (3•) - The Go! Team
God Games (1) - The Kills
HELLMODE (2•) - Jeff Rosenstock
i/o (1) - Peter Gabriel
I Killed Your Dog (1) - L'Rain
Integrated Tech Solutions (1) - Aesop Rock
Intercepted Message (1) - Osees
i've seen a way (1) - Mandy, Indiana
Jaguar II (1) - Victoria Monet
Jenny From Thebes (1) - The Mountain Goats
Lahai (1) - Sampha
Laugh Track (2•) - The National
Let's Start Here (2) - Lil' Yachty
Life Under The Gun (2) - Militaire Gun
Lucky For You (2•) - Bully
Madres (2•) - Sofia Kourtesis
Medicine (2) - Goat
Memento Mori (1) - Depeche Mode
Mid Air (2•) - Romy
Milk For Flowers (1) - H. Hawkline
My 21st Century Blues (2•) - Raye
My Big Day (2•) - Bombay Bicycle Club
New York City (2•) - The Men
Nothing Lasts Forever (1) - Teenage Fanclub
Nothing's Gonna Stand In My Way Again (2•) - Lydia Loveless
O Monolith (3•) - Squid
One Day (2) - Fucked Up
Perfect Saviors (2•) - The Armed
PetroDragonic Apocalypse: or, Dawn Of Eternal.... (2•) - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Raven (2•) - Kelela
Raving Ghost (1) - Olivia Jean
Red Moon In Venus (1•) - Kali Uchis
Relentless (2) - The Pretenders
Sanguivore (1) - Creeper
Scaring The Hoes (2•) - JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown
Shadow Kingdom (2•) - Bob Dylan
Shook (2•) - Algiers
Social Lubrication (2•) - Dream Wife
Something To Give Each Other (1) - Troye Sivan
Sticks And Stones - Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real
Strange Disciple (2•) - Nation Of Language
Strays (2•) - Margo Price
Struggler (2) - Genesis Owesu
Sundail (2•) - Noname
Sus Dog (2•) - Clark
Take Me Back To Eden (1) - Sleep Token
Tension (1) - Kylie Minogue
The Age Of Pleasure (2) - Janelle Monae
The Beggar (2•) - Swans
The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light (1) -The Streets
The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons (2•) - The Hives
The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte (2) - Sparks
The Hypnogogue (2) - The Church
The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess (2•) - Chappell Roan
The Window (2•) - Ratboys
Time Will Wait For No One (2•) - Local Natives
Tracey Denim (2) - Bar Italia
Unreal Unearth (1) - Hozier
Utopia (1•) - Travis Scott
Valley Of Heart's Delight (2•)
Villagers (2•) - Califone
Why Does The Earth Give Us People To Love (2•) - Kara Jackson
Zach Bryan (2) 

Other Good 2023 Releases Listened To In Part But Not Explored In Depth

Afternoon X - Vanishing Twin
Ain't Giving Up - Chris Duarte
Beware Of The Clown - The Damned
Blues Deluxe Volume 2 - Joe Bonamassa
Brothers & Sisters - Steve Mason
Bunny - Beach Fossils
Cracker Island - Gorillaz
Council Skies - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Death Wish Blues - Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
Fantasy - M83
Get Up Ep 2 - Newjeans
Girl In The Half Pearl - Liv.e
Food For Worms - Shame
Furling - Meg Baird
Heaven Knows - Pink Pantheress
Henry St. - The Tallest Man On Earth
History Books - The Gaslight Anthem
Honey - Samia
I Came From Love - Dave Okumu
I Des - King Creosote
I Thought I Was Better Than You - Baxter Dury
Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space Of All Possibilities - James Holden
Is U - Good Lies
I've Got Me - Joanna Sternberg
Joy'All - Jenny Lewis
Late Developers - Belle and Sebastian
LaVette! - Betty LaVette
Live In London - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Love In Exile - Arooj Aftab • Vijay Iyer • Shahzad Ismaily
Manana Sere Bonito - Karol G
Melusine - Cecile McLaurin Salvant
Multitudes - Fiest
My Soft Machine - Arlo Parks
Nails - Benefits
New Blue Sun - Andre 3000
No Thank You - Little Simz
Norm - Andy Shauf
Orpheus Descending - John Mellencamp
Perfect Saviors - The Armed
Phantomine - Ghost
Pure Music - Stranger Ranger
Quaranta - Danny Brown
Ridin' - Eric Bibb
Sit Down For Dinner - Blonde Redhead
Smalltown Stardust - King Tuff
Softscars - Yeule
Some Of It Was True - The Menzingers
Space Heavy - King Krule
Stereo Mind Game - Daughter
The Candle And The Flame - Robert Forster
The Deep and The Dirty - Eric Johanson
The Great White Sea Eagle - James Yorkston
The Harmony Codex - Steven Wilson
The Price Of Progress - The Hold Steady
Tomorrow Never Comes - Rancid
Triplove... ??? - Tizrah
UK Grim - Sleaford Mods
Writing On The Wall - Coco Montoya



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