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The Best Album of 2013: Shovels and Rope

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While many online magazine outlets and music blogs provide a list of their Top 10 and Best of Albums, we thought it would be nice to be different and list one album that we think is the best of 2013, and for many years it's usually hard, as there are several albums that are vying for the top spot, or at least somewhere in the top 10. While this album was featured on a few Top 10 lists, we didn't see it mentioned much, and it was on our playlist almost every day. Every song is so good, and tells a unique and intriguing story. What is the album?

Shovels and Rope, O Be Joyful:

This album is still being played since the moment I heard them back in May! It's one of my go-to albums that I listen to to put me in a good mood, and when I just want to sing along; their lyrics and music are so catchy in that all-too familiar way, and their songs stay with you. This husband-and-wife duo are fascinating in concert, as they take turns playing the guitar, harmonica, drums, and any other instrument they can get their hands on. Their chemistry is infectious, and Cary Ann Hearst's vocals are full of grit and energy, along with husband, Michael Trent, providing the right amount of emotive vocal backdrop. The couple hail from Charleston, South Carolina and made their television debut on Late Show with David Letterman, January 30 2013. What are you waiting for? Purchase O Be Joyful HERE. You'll be glad you did, and you may or may not be thanking me later!

Tracklisting:

1. Birmingham- *Choice Pick

2. Lay Low- *Choice Pick

3. Tickin' Bomb- *Choice Pick

4. Hail Hail- *Choice Pick

5. Keeper- *Choice Pick

6. Carnival

7. Cavalier- *Choice Pick

8. Shank Hill St.- *Choice Pick

9. Kemba's Got the Cabbage Moth Blues

10. O' Be Joyful

11. This Means War

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