FAULT Presents: Our Top 20 Albums of 2013 (part 2)

Part 2 of our Top 20 Favourite Albums of 2013 feature. You can find part 1 HERE. Remember, these are just our personal favourite albums of the year, in no particular order. Let us know if you think we missed anything!

10. John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend inside FAULT Issue 13

Remember John Legend’s first album? Well, this is absolutely nothing like that. For a start, it’s executive-produced by Kanye West and features songwriting collaborations with Rick Ross. It’s unashamedly sexy, dramatic and soulful, and even manages to make schmaltz sound cool.‘All Of Me’ is a pop ballad in the truest sense, and wouldn’t sound out of place being sung by One Direction. It’s a polarising point on the album, but Legend’s smooth soul flows throughout, and he’s incredibly good at it.

Read John’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 13. Excerpts from our interview (and some shots from inside the issue) are available here and our behind the scenes video from our shoot can be found here

John Legend – ‘All Of Me’:

 

9. Haim – Days are Gone

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

2013 was undeniably Haim’s year. They’ve been universally praised by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and The Guardian as well as garnering extensive airplay on Radio 1. Instant classics like ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’ secured their debut’s position as one of the most anthemic and memorable records of the year.

We spoke to the sibling trio in FAULT Issue 15 while they were recording Days Are Gone, in which they told us what to expect from the album (needless to say, it didn’t disappoint): “Be prepared to have some fun! We had a lot of fun making it, so I hope it sounds fun. There are a bunch of new songs as well as songs that we released before.”

Read more from the interview, or get the full feature in FAULT Issue 15 from here

Haim – ‘Falling’:

 

8. Bass Drum of Death – Bass Drum of Death

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While Black Lips fans await their next album, they’ll probably be filling the gap with Bass Drum of Death. The Mississippi outfit’s honest, fuzzy garage-rock may not be particularly pioneering, but they demonstrate an excellent grasp of the genre in their second full-length offering, with infectious melodies and a purposefully under-produced sound. They also really, really like reverb. Who doesn’t?

Bass Drum Of Death – ‘Crawling After You’:

 

7. Charli XCX – True Romance

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

She’s had a fantastic 2013 by anyone’s standards – the past year has seen Charli XCX tour with other FAULT Featured artists Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as Paramore. She’s gone from underground sensation (her first album, ‘14’ was an acclaimed underground hit in 2008, but never commercially released) to the potential ‘next big thing’ of leftfield quirky-pop. Her vocal tone is strikingly similar to Marina Diamandis but her songwriting and grasp of melodic devices is phenomenal for her 21 years.

 In her recent interview for FAULT Issue 16, Charli revealed that she “always see[s her] music in colours. , my first record, was purple, whereas this [upcoming] album is going to be red. I’m inspired visually by red lips, blazers and things that blow up!…It’s going to be much more alive than True Romance.”

Read more excerpts and see more shots from the shoot here – or get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Charli XCX – ‘You’re The One’:

 

6. SUUNS – Images du Futur

suuns Slightly freaky but wholly compelling, ‘Images du Futur’ really is something of a masterpiece, juxtaposing the heady sound of electro-indie (think Holy Ghost, Cut Copy) with what can only be described as futuristic lo-fi garage. FAULT Favourites SUUNS are carving their way through multiple genres with this impressive second album, and as a result, saw themselves nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Check out our interview with the Montreal four-piece in full on FAULT Online here

SUUNS – ‘Edie’s Dream’:

 

5. Jessica Sanchez – Me, You and the Music

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

The American Idol runner-up showed she’s not just a pretty face with her impressive debut album. After a stint on Glee, it would have been easy for her to continue down the squeaky-clean teen pop route, but she shakes off any preconceptions with the R’n’B-influenced ‘Me, You and the Music’, which includes a collaboration with Ne-Yo and songs co-written by Tom Petty and Sia.

Read Jessica’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 16. Excerpts from our interview (and some images from inside the issue) are available here, along with our exclusive behind the scenes video. Get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Jessica Sanchez – ‘Tonight’:

 

4.Big Sean – Hall of Fame

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

If you miss Notorious B.I.G as much as we do., Big Sean is there to fill the void. His unashamedly retro hip-hop, with song titles like ‘MILF’ and ‘Freaky’ borders on being a pastiche without crossing the line into ‘Trapped In The Closet’ territory. Collaborations with Li’l Wayne, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz make this one of the most noticeable new hip-hop releases, and Sean’s lyrics segue between the humorous and the filthy with ease.

 Big Sean told us in FAULT Issue 15 that Hall of Fame featured “the best music [he’d] ever made”. Read more from the interview, and see more shots, here – or get the full story in FAULT Issue 15 – available from here.

Big Sean – ‘Guap’:

 

3. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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Not only did they use some seriously Sixties cover art for ‘Indigo Meadow’, they also showed that they’re still one of the American underground rock scene’s forerunners with an album that’s as melodic, lyrically dark and introspective as you’d expect from the Texan five-piece.

Read our interview with the psych-rockers in full on FAULT Online here

The Black Angels – ‘Indigo Meadow’:

 

2. Beyonce – Beyonce

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One morning, we all awoke to a new Beyonce album. No media fanfare or indeed any clues at all preceded the release of Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, which began as an iTunes exclusive. Following the release, she announced that she ‘sees’ music, explaining the fact that each track came with its own music video. Throughout the course of the album’s accompanying visuals, she portrays an exploited pageant queen (‘Pretty Hurts’, which is co-written by Sia), a happy theme-park goer (‘XO’) and sings an entire song about having sex with Jay Z (‘Drunk In Love’).

Beyonce – ‘Drunk In Love’:

 

1. Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

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Mac Miller described his second album as ‘introspective’ and he certainly lived up to that promise with ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’. His previous style of playful party anthems has been shelved in favour of deeper lyrical content and a clear desire to make music for no-one other than himself – although the lead single is officially ‘Somebody Do Something’ (abbreviated to S.D.S) there is no particular standout track. Taking this approach is a risk, but one that’s paid off for Miller.

 Look out for more of Mac Miller in FAULT Issue 17 – more info announced this Friday 10th January!

Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’:

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Read the rest of our Top 20 FAULT Favourite Albums of 2013 feature:

Part 1

Part 2

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Words by Thea de Gallier

Jessica Sanchez: Exclusive Behind the Scenes video with the FAULT Issue 16 Beauty cover star

 Video courtesy of Francis Gum

 

Music: ‘Duality’ by Nodus

 

Special Thanks: Irvin Rivera/Graphics Metropolis

 

18 year old singer-songwriter Jessica Sanchez is our Beauty section cover star in FAULT Issue 16: the Illuminate Issue (release: 15th October ’13). After launching her career through reality TV shows, notably when finishing as the runner up on American Idol in 2012, Jessica released her debut album ‘Me, You & the Music’ in April ’13 to huge international acclaim.

 

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Jessica Sanchez is our Beauty section cover for FAULT Issue 16

She has appeared on shows such as Showtime at the Apollo and America’s Got Talent, with dazzling performances of classics such as Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ and Celine Dion’s ‘I Surrender’, but Jessica Sanchez’s popularity soared while competing on American Idol. The young songstress took on monster hits such as ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘And I’m Telling You’ and ‘Everybody Has a Dream’, broadcasting her incredible talent to millions of fans worldwide.

After achieving second place in the competition, Sanchez followed up her tremendous success with an appearance on Glee, and she just released her first album, Me, You and The Music. FAULT sat down with the young starlet on her first major editorial and talked with her about her rise to fame, her plans for the rest of 2013 and how much her fans mean to her.

FAULT Magazine Issue 16 - Jessica Sanchez Beauty cover (web)

Jessica Sanchez was shot by Irvin Riviera and styled by Jenna Enns, Ali Levine & Malcolm Joris Bacani exclusively for FAULT Issue 16‘s Beauty section cover.

FAULT: Your fans totally adore you. How do you find being in the public eye?

Jessica: … I really adore my fans and can’t thank them enough for all the support.

FAULT Magazine Issue 16 - Jessica Sanchez 1 (web)

Interview by Leah Blewitt

Your album dropped just recently and you’ve collaborated and worked with so many amazing artist including Ne-Yo. How did that come about?

It was really an incredible experience and working with Ne-Yo was amazing. He gave me so much great advice and he is just so talented. He even wrote me a song in half an hour called ‘Plastic Roses’, which is on the album.

Looks like you had an absolutely amazing time on Glee. That must have been such an incredible experience.

… Being on Glee was such an amazing experience… They where beyond amazing to me. They really truly as a cast are very close and like family to each other.

FAULT Magazine Issue 16 - Jessica Sanchez 2 (web)

See the whole shoot – exclusively in FAULT Issue 16!

What projects are you currently working on and what can fans expect?

I’m also working on something… I can’t really say what it is now, but expect something unexpected and something big!

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FAULT Fall ’13 (The ILLUMINATE issue) – now available to order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 16 – The ILLUMINATE Issue – is now available to order.

Official release: 15/10/13

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FAULT Fall ’13 cover stars. Lake Bell was shot by William Lords and styled by Lisa Nguyen. The Jonas Brothers were shot by Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by Avo Yermagyan.

  FAULT Magazine  – the ILLUMINATE Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

The Jonas Brothers – REVERSIBLE COVER FEATURE

Lake Bell

Emile Hirsch

Jessica Sanchez

Caroline Flack

Charli XCX

Youngblood Hawke

Problem

Sasha Grey

Matthew Lewis

Plus a FAULTless selection of the best Film, Fashion, Music & Photography to ILLUMINATE popular culture across the globe in the latter part of 2013.

This is your FAULT

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