Top 10 Albums of 2013

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2013 was one of the worst years for new music in recent history. I usually feel like I have oodles of albums to consider. This year I didn’t have that much to pick from, but the following are truly great albums that could hold their own in any year.

1. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

 

Never have depression and misery been expressed with such humor and so beautifully as they are by John Grant. Pale Green Ghosts is the heartfelt, electronic follow up to his debut album.

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2. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

 

Somehow The National managed to exceed all expectations and top their penultimate album High Violet with an almost perfect selection songs for summer, all featuring Matt Berninger’s soulful baritone.

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3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

 

Modern, retro, and classic disco music.

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4. James Blake – Overgrown

 

Minus the rap misstep, Overgrown is a haunting masterpiece.

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5. David Bowie – The Next Day

 

The surprising and cohesive comeback by a rock ‘n roll legend.

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6. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

 

Inventive, risk taking, and career defining.

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7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

 

Proof that they can flourish without African rhythms.

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8. Midlake – Antiphon

 

Like a brand new band :)

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9. Suede – Bloodsports

 

Classic return to form for this UK favorite of the 90’s.

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10. Janelle Monae – Electric Lady

 

The long-awaited and solid follow up to Archandroid with some amazing collaborations (Prince, Solange).

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Notable:

  • Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return
  • Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe
  • Solange – True
  • Phoenix – Bankrupt
  • Cher – Closer to the Truth
  • Gaga – Artpop
  • Haim – Days are Gone
  • White Lies – Big TV

 

Author: John Vasko

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