Flashlite #775 – Best of 2023


Last week we reviewed part one of our list of best albums in 2023. This week it’s time to complete the top 30 list. 2023 was marked be great power pop records by Babaganouj, Diners, Exbats, Whiffs. Uni Boys top the list with an extremely catchy offering in that same genre. Sunny War had a killer roots rock album. I dig the repetitive quasi karut rock of Verstärker. Noisy offerings from BBQT, Starcrawler, The Tubs and Purling Hiss are good to tune out harsh realities of life. Jaimie Branch album surprised with a great combination of fun and experiment. It’s sad that she’s no longer with us. And let’s not forget Ukleti Dukat with their psychedelic pastorals of the Pannonian plains.


Babaganouj – She Wears Velvet
The Exbats – Himbo
The Whiffs – Romeo
Verstärker – Hinter dem Spiegel
The Tubs – Duped
Starcrawler – True
Diners – The Power
BBQT – Crashin’
Sunny War – Baby Bitch
Purling Hiss – Something In My Basement
Jaimie Branch – Baba Louie
Ukleti Dukat – Ukazanje na Obli
Ukleti Dukat – Ram za nekoliko poza Odlazak
Uni Boys – Intentions
Uni Boys – Say You’ll Make It Real
Uni Boys – I Want It Too

Best albums in 2023
1 Uni Boys - Buy This Now
2 Ukleti dukat - Odavno s druma
3 Jaimie Branch - Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die ((World War))
4 Purling Hiss - Drag On Girard
5 Sunny War - Anarchist Gospel
6 BBQT - Dangerous Dame
7 Diners - Domino
8 Starcrawler - She Said
9 The Tubs - Dead Meat
10 Verstarker - Jenseits
11 The Whiffs - Scratch N' Sniff
12 The Exbats - Song Machine
13 Babaganouj - Jumbo Pets
14 Natural Child - Be M'Guest
15 Kara Jackson - Why Does The Earth Give Us People To Love?
16 John Mayall - The Sun Is Shining Down
17 Ghost Woman - Anne If
18 Motorpsycho - Yay!
19 The Machine - Wave Cannon
20 Elli De Mon - Pagan Blues
21 Lemon Twigs - Everything Harmony
22 Those Pretty Wrongs - Holiday Camp
23 Connections - Cool Change
24 Laissez Fairs - Singing In Your Head
25 Divine Horsemen - Bitter End Of A Sweet Night
26 Chinese Herbal Medicine - Bomb!
27 Alien Nosejob - The Derivative Sounds Of...Or...A Dog Always Returns To Its Vomit
28 Osees - Intercepted Message
29 The Murlocs - Calm Ya Farm
30 Bark - Loud