The best albums of 2013

After a prolonged period of debate, deletion, addition, confusion, discretion, absolution, and reflection, approximately 115 albums remained on the list of those released in 2013 that I would recommend. Admittedly, any attempts I made to organize that list (or a truncated list) of those albums into an easily digestible collection of albums that you should run out and purchase were thwarted by time and indecision. 

At this point, it would be easy to ignore the matter altogether and start fresh for 2014; however, there were a number of albums that impacted me and that I would recommend.

Best Britpop albums that hearkened back to the late- 1990s/early-2000s:
Editors, The Weight of Your Love
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Babyshambles: Sequel to the Prequel
Manic Street Preachers: Rewind the Film

Best early ’80s U2 album not recorded by U2:
Johnny Marr: The Messenger

Best album of the year if we only listened to the first half of it:
Arcade Fire: Reflektor

Best collaboration:
Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs

Best Lauras:
Laura Marling: Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon

Best album from a band that has now released consecutive transcendent albums:
The Front Bottoms: Talon of the Heart

Best hip-hop album and second best hip-hop album:
Pusha T: My Name Is My Name
Earl Sweatshirt: Doris

Best comeback from a band that could have easily been a one-hit wonder:
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

Best debut album from an artist who already had a 20-year solo career:
Wesley Stace: S/T

Best album with a single song that made the entire album worth purchasing:
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Best album from a band that was slightly overhyped and is now underhyped:
Empire of the Sun, Ice on the Dune

Best album from an artist who continues to be criminally underappreciated by a wide audience:
Frank Turner: Tape Deck Heart

Best albums that deserved more love than they received: 
Best Coast: Fade Away
CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe
Mark Knopfler: Privateering
The Neighbourhood: 
I Love You

Best album that I’m not sure I really like, but I love listening to it:
Flaming Lips: The Terror

Best album from an artist about to blow up:
Kurt Vile, Walkin on a Pretty Daze

Best album that you’ll claim in 2018 that you loved when it was released in 2013:
Atlas Genius: When It Was Now

Best dance rock album: 
Bastille: Bad Blood

Best album from a band that people are dying to call overrated even though they are not:
The National: Trouble Will Find Me

Best jazz album from an unexpected source:
Brian Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age

Best soundtrack you don’t want to admit is a must-have:
At Long Last… Music and Songs from Arrested Development

Best albums that didn’t fit into a category above but that deserve your attention:
Factory Floor: S/T
Foals: Holy Fire
Jaguar Ma: Howlin’
James Blake: Overgrown
Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady
Mavis Staples: One True Vine
My Bloody Valentine: MBV
Savages: Silence Yourself
These New Puritans: Field of Reeds
Tim Hecker: Virgins
Time Is a Mountain: S/T

 

 

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