No Exceptions: The Best Songs of 2013

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Following a look back at my favourite cover songs of the year earlier in the week, it’s now time for me to focus on twelve songs from 2013 that have the potential to be cover versions someday. I listened to an awful lot of both new and old music this year and I have to admit that most of it was not awful at all. Nearly all the new music I heard came from albums that I listened to in their entirety, a few more I heard at gigs, but most of the ones below I came across on other blogs. I used to hear a lot of new stuff on the radio in the past, but I’m afraid I never listen to that medium anymore. I’m sure I’m missing out on lots of great music, but at least I don’t have to waste time listening to DJs or advertisements

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Glock ‘n’ Roll

Former Vesta Varro frontman and songwriter dREA has just put up a wonderful new song on Soundcloud called Through The Wire. The track begins in a low-key fashion with just dREA’s vocals accompanied by an instrument that doesn’t feature too often in rock & roll – the glockenspiel. Then a piano comes in and is followed by some nice guitar fills before the rhythm section appears. The guitars and the song get heavier for the chorus before quietening down again by the midway point. Strings are added to the mix here and it then builds to a climax as the music ties in nicely with the song’s uplifting tune and lyrics. The strings have been arranged by Kenneth Rice, who was a member of Kilkenny’s Engine Alley and is now a classical musician. Ken is just one of a number of talented Irish musicians involved in the recording. Michael Moloney is vocalist for Dublin band Director and he contributes bass and guitar to the track. Fellow guitarist Kieran Calvert has been an integral member of both Woodstar and The Low Network while Karol Drea has been annoying his neighbours but delighting music fans with his drumming for nearly three decades now

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