Perfect Sound Forever

PSF's 2023 Writers' Poll
Our favorite things


left to right: Betty LaVette, Brutalismus 3000, Dave Lombardo, Yves Tumor, Alternative TV

Even in this digital-streaming age, we music nuts still like to get those little collections of songs that we call records. Here's what our staff dug from this past year. Maybe you're agree, disagree or find something new to listen to.

Also, let us know some of your favorites from 2023 and we'll post some of the best lists in an upcoming issue.

BRETT ABRAHAMSEN




DANIEL BARBIERO




BRIAN COUSINS

Re-issues/ Revisions



DAVID DIPIETRO

The Grateful Dead were never really a band to be contained within the constraints of a recording studio. You had to see them live to 'really get it.' I always thought of this as one of their weaker studio albums, although several songs on it ("Eyes of the World," Here Comes Sunshine," and "Stella Blue") remained mainstays in their live sets over the years. This re-mixed and re-mastered release changes my mind. The sound now has so much more definition and dynamics that breathe a totally new life into this album. The inclusion of several demos are very interesting as well. If you have not heard this album in a while, I would recommend it. I am looking very forward to the expansive, 50th anniversary edition of one of the Dead's best studio albums, Mars Hotel, next year.



JORGE LUIS FERNANDEZ





left to right: Berg & Strauss, Andre 3000, Grateful Dead, Evan Lipson, The Damned



BOB GERSZTYN

Top 20 Blues Rock Albums of 2023

2023 saw a number of original blues rockers release albums from Foghat and the Rolling Stones to a posthumously released Savoy Brown album with original founding member Kim Simmonds. New kids on the block like Greta Van Fleet and Rival Sons also contributed along with longtime rockers like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joanna Connor along with a number of others.




JASON GROSS


See my full list at https://yeweiblog.blogspot.com/2023/12/2023s-greatest-hits.html



REV. KEITH A. GORDON




MICHAEL L HEATH




KORTNEY JMAEFF




RICHARD MOULE

Though, if there was one album I listened to more than the others, it would be Judgement Day. Right now, these Japanese women-in-white are the GOATS of metal: no group has embraced the history of the genre like they have and no one plays with a compositional, instrumental and lyrical elan, and joy like they do. If they do possess a flaw, it is that their albums never really capture the vivacity of their live performances. This is metal that makes you smile without apology. For further proof, check out the Etude Op. 23 EP from one of their guitarists- Watanabe Miyako- who is also a classically trained pianist. These piano interpretations of metal, blues and classical music pieces are infused with an intimate intensity and elegant poignancy that will leave you awed.




CLINTON ORMAN




MARC PHILLIPS




GEORGE RAPHAEL




KURT WILDERMUTH



left to right: Lankum, The Lemon Twigs, Spanned Canyons, Sprain, Killers of the Flower Moon soundtrack



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