Best of 2013 — Albums
Finally getting around to making this list, I realized that it was much more difficult than I thought it would be. What was originally close to 60 albums, was ultimately narrowed down to 30, and then 25. While my top five have been pretty set since each of the albums was released, I had quite a time ordering the remaining albums.
Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed listening to all of these amazing albums over again. I can’t believe how fantastic this last year was for music. To blow you through most of my list, I am only going to go into detail for my top ten.
25. Minor Alps—Get Here
24. Nine Inch Nails—Hesitation Marks
23. Lorde—Pure Heroin
22. David Bowie—The Next Day
21. Justin Timberlake—The 20/20 Experience Vl. 1
20. Eminem—The Marshall Mathers LP 2
19. Bastille—Bad Blood
18. Boards of Canada—Tomorrow’s Harvest
17. The Civil Wars—The Civil Wars
16. Daughter—If You Leave
15. Haim—Days Are Gone
13. Foals—Holy Fire
12. Volcano Choir—Repave
11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—The Heist
With that taken care of, let’s get into the real fun here…
10. Drake—Nothing Was The Same
I’ve got to say, I wasn’t a fan at first. “Started From the Bottom” just annoyed me. Loved the message, hated the repetition. Then, I heard the rest of this album. Drake is on the top of his game, and ready to take on the big guys like Jay, Ye, even Kendrick.
Favorite Tracks: Hold On, We’re Going Home, Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 (feat. Jay-Z), Worst Behaviour
9. Daft Punk—Random Access Memories
There are very few artists out there that can go twelve years without making an album, only to come back with one this amazing (which included one of the biggest songs in the last couple of years). Daft Punk are kings of EDM for a reason. The game chases them, and they’re working to change it in a new direction once again.
Favorite Tracks: Loose Yourself To Dance, Instant Crush, Doin’ It Right
8. Kanye West—Yeezus
More anger than ever before, with a god-complex that is even greater than we think Kanye could have- Ye is back. He’s weird, but he’s back. I still argue that his beats are better than his raps, but, they’re both on their A-game on this one.
Favorite Tracks: Hold My Liquor, Blood On The Leaves, New Slaves
7. Queens of the Stone Age—…Like Clockwork
Most surprised by this album of all. I’ve always enjoyed QOTSA, but this one, I absolutely love. The energy throughout, and pure rock sound, is incredible. Josh Homme made a statement this year, and the work he did on this one packs one hell of a punch. The only thing that topped this, was seeing them bring it to life in person.
Favorite Tracks: I Sat By The Ocean, My God Is The Sun, If I Had A Tail
6. Arcade Fire—Reflektor
These guys fall on my list of bands that can do no wrong. While I didn’t take to this album like most that love it, I think it is absolutely incredible. The James Murphy influence is heavy, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Arcade Fire, you just can’t go wrong with them.
Favorite Tracks: Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice), We Exist, Here Comes The Night Time II
5. James Blake—Overgrown
No, James Blake isn’t for everyone. Which, I just do not understand. This guy creates some of the most beautiful music out there right now. His second album, Overgrown, just goes on to prove that. Earning himself a “Best New Artist” Grammy nominee this year, maybe Blake will gain some ground in the years to come.
Favorite Tracks: Retrograde, Overgrown, Life Round Here
4. CHVRCHES—The Bones of What You Believe
Going into this year, this was my most anticipated album. And, it completely lived up to the hype. This trio delivered a sound so fresh, and exciting, that it caught your attention whether you wanted it to or not. No matter what your mood, this album fulfills your wants.
Favorite Tracks: The Mother We Share, Gun, We Sink
3. Arctic Monkeys—AM
I’ve been a fan of these guys for years now. After hearing Do I Wanna Know?, I was beyond excited for this album. Darker than what we’ve come to know, and way more sexual, AM is everything you want when you go to listen to Arctic Monkeys. I’ve been spinning this album for months now, and don’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.
Favorite Tracks: R U Mine?, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, One For The Road
2. Vampire Weekend—Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend have made a habit of releasing nothing but amazing music. Their third album follows suit perfectly. Brilliant melodies, a hidden romance, and a cryptic religious undertone that intrigues- this album is just incredible.
Favorite Tracks: Unbelievers, Ya Hey, Dianne Young, Hannah Hunt
1. The National—Trouble Will Find Me
This album… THIS FREAKIN ALBUM… The day I got my hands on this album, I went driving through the woods on HWY 32 toward Lake Almanor. The sky was full of mist, with light drizzles covering my windshield, all to the soundtrack of Matt Berninger and Co. From the first note of his baritone voice, I was hooked. He’s a helpless romantic, with a troubled soul. He’s filled with pain, but so much love. From start to finish, this album is what you hope for when you hear a favorite band is releasing new material. There’s no bad track here, just a tracklist that gets better and better the deeper you get. Buy yourself this album. Put it on in your car, roll your windows down, and go drive aimlessly through the night. Get lost in the music, and on your drive. This is the escape you’ve been looking for.
Favorite Tracks: Pink Rabbits, I Need My Girl, Graceless, I Should Live In Salt, Fireproof
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- Pearl Jam—Lightning Bolt
- My Bloody Valentine—M B V
- Childish Gambino—Because The Internet
- Atoms for Peace—Amok
- Modest Mouse
- Foo Fighters
- Brand New
- Manchester Orchestra