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.  

Lana Del Rey's epic Did you know there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd. is the latest addition 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. That! Feels! Good! - Jessie Ware
4. Desire, I Want To Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek
6. But Here We Are - Foo Fighters
7. False Lankum - Lankum
8. Javelin - Sufjan Stevens
9. EVERY LOSER - Iggy Pop

Solid Recommends

10. First Two Pages Of Frankenstein - The National
11. SOS - SZA
12. the record - boygenius
13. Fountain Baby - Amaarae
14. Weathervanes - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
16. everything is alive - Slowdive
17. This Is Why  - Paramore
18. Wait Til I Get Over - Durand Jones
19. Heavy Heavy  - Young Fathers
20. MERCY  - John Cale
21. Rat Saw God - Wednesday
22. I Inside The Old Year Dying - PJ Harvey
23. The Greater Wings - Julia Byrne
24. I Am Not There Anymore - The Clientele
25. In Times New Roman - Queens Of The Stone Age 
26. ATTA - Sigur Ros


Mild Recommends

27. Turn The Car Around - Gaz Coombes
29. Gigi's Recovery - The Murder Capital
30. Maps - Billy Woods & Kenny Segal
31. This Stupid World - Yo La Tengo

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

10,000 gecs (2•) - 100 gecs
12 (1•) - Ryuichi Sakamotp
1980s Bubblegum - The Particles
3D Country (2•) - Geese
A Kiss For The Whole World (1) - Enter Shakari
Angel Numbers (2) - Hamish Hawk
Angels & Queens (2•) - Gabriels
Art Dealers (1•) - Low Cut Connie
Atlas - Laurel Halo
Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? - McKinley Dixon
Bird Machine (2) - Sparklehorse
Black Classical Music (2•) - Yussef Dayes
Black Rainbows (2) - Corrine Bailey Rae
Bless This Mess (1•) - US Girls
Blomi (2) - Susanne Sunder
Blondshell (3•) - Blondshell
Breaking The Balls Of History (1) - QUASI
Cartwheel (1) - Hotline TNT
Chaos For The Fly (3•) - Grain Chatten
Cousin (1) - Wilco
Crazymad, For Me (1) - CMAT 
Danse Macabre (2•) - Duran Duran
Desire Pathway (2•) - Screaming Females
Erotic Probiotic 2 (1•) - Nourished By Time
Euphoric Recall (2•) - Braids
Everyone's Crushed (1•) - Water From Your Eyes
Everything Harmony (2) - The Lemon Twigs
Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) (2•) - Jaimie Branch
For That Beautiful Feeling (1•) - The Chemical Brothers
Formal Growth In The Desert (1) - Protomartyr
Fuse (2) - Everything But The Girl
Get Up Sequences Part Two (1•) - The Go! Team
God Games (1) - The Kills
Hackney Diamonds (2•) - The Rolling Stones
Heaven Is A Junkyard (1) - Youth Lagoon
HELLMODE (2•) - Jeff Rosenstock
Hit Parade (2•) - Roisin Murphy & DJ Koze
i/o (1) - Peter Gabriel
I Killed Your Dog (1) - L'Rain
Integrated Tech Solutions - 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 (1) - Lil' Yachty
Life Under The Gun (1) - Militaire Gun
Lucky For You (2•) - Bully
Madres (2•) - Sofia Kourtesis
Medicine (1) - 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 (1•) - Bombay Bicycle Club
New York City (1) - The Men
Nothing Lasts Forever (1) - Teenage Fanclub
Nothing's Gonna Stand In My Way Again (2•) - Lydia Loveless
O Monolith (2) - Squid
One Day (1) - Fucked Up
PetroDragonic Apocalypse: or, Dawn Of Eternal.... (1) - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Praise A Lord Who Chews But Does Not Consumer: (Or Simply, Hot BetweenWorlds) (4•) - Yves Tumor
Radical Romantics (3•) - Fever Ray
Raven (2•) - Kelela
Raving Ghost (1) - Olivia Jean
Red Moon In Venus (1•) - Kali Uchis
Relentless (1) - The Pretenders
Sanguivore (1) - Creeper
Scaring The Hoes (2•) - JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown
Sea Of Mirrors (1) - The Choral
Seven Psalms (1) - Paul Simon
Shadow Kingdom (1•) - Bob Dylan
Shook (1•) - 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 (1) - Genesis Owesu
Sundail (1•) - Noname
Sus Dog (1•) - Clark
Take Me Back To Eden (1) - Sleep Token
Tension (1) - Kylie Minogue
The Age Of Pleasure (1) - Janelle Monae
The Beggar (2•) - Swans
The Chicago Sessions (1•) - Rodney Crowell
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 (1) - The Church
The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We (2) - Mitski
The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess (2•) - Chappell Roan
The Window (2•) - Ratboys
Time Will Wait For No One (2•) - Local Natives
Toxic Positivity (1) - The Used
Tracey Denim (2) - Bar Italia
Unreal Unearth (1) - Hozier
Utopia (1•) - Travis Scott
Valley Of Heart's Delight (1•)
Villagers (2•) - Califone
Volcano (1) - Jungle
We Buy Diabetic Test Strips (1) - Armand Hammer
Why Does The Earth Give Us People To Love (2•) - Kara Jackson
With A Hammer (1) - Yaeji
Zach Bryan (1) 

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



Last Updated 02.24.24