My one-month-old daughter asked me to post her favorite albums of 2013 for the times I’m giving her a bottle I’m the wee hours of the morning. Her comments are included.
3. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, s/t
"Dad keeps saying ‘It doesn’t touch Lie Down In The Light and nothing ever will’, but whatever. I’m not even five weeks old yet, so this is by far and away the best BPB album I’ve ever heard. Nothing but some of Will Oldham’s beautifully raspy voice over acoustic guitar that’s as smooth as my butt. Fellow babies: turn off Bedtime With The Beatles and get with the bonnie prince.”
2. Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe
"I’m just a baby. I don’t know about modesty or humility yet, so let me just say that I am the most angelic, beautiful baby in the whole world. And while I like me some good ambient music, I need my ambient to sound like a heavenly light shining down on me and bathing me in sound glory like the angel I am. This album does that trick perfectly."
1. Mutual Benefit, Love’s Crushing Diamond
"The perfect musical companion to a nice 2 am bottle of the good stuff. Smooth, swelling strings, quiet vocals and lots of tinkling wind chimes. Dad seems to enjoy it, too. After he and I have blissed out to this for a while, his burping technique is perfect.”