FasterLouder's Top 50 Albums of 2013

FasterLouder's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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48. Cut Copy - Free Your Mind

November 5, 2013
Critic Score
68
22 reviews

47. Adalita - All Day Venus

Adalita - All Day Venus
November 5, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

46. Hungry Kids of Hungary - You're A Shadow

Hungry Kids of Hungary - You're A Shadow
February 22, 2013
Critic Score
70
1 review

42. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
34 reviews

My Bloody Valentine still sound like no other band, but they’re stretching out to a large degree on this album, making their sound even more texturally dense.

41. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
Managing to exhibit emotional torment within ready-to-dance anthems is a tense balancing act, but Chvrches’ pain is coated in a glossy, candy armour.

40. Foals - Holy Fire

February 11, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

39. World's End Press - World's End Press

World's End Press - World's End Press
October 4, 2013
Critic Score
60
1 review

36. Pikelet - Calluses

Pikelet - Calluses
September 3, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

34. Big Scary - Not Art

Big Scary - Not Art
June 28, 2013
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

32. Wolf & Cub - Heavy Weight

Wolf & Cub - Heavy Weight
September 13, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

29. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

28. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

February 5, 2013
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

From soul to psychedelia may seem like a stylistic jump, but Ruban Nielson has absorbed his influences so completely, and has attained such control of his sound, that he makes such eclecticism seems completely natural.

27. Ngaiire - Lamentations

Ngaiire - Lamentations
June 12, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

26. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
82
36 reviews

If you think you’ve outgrown them, you haven’t. Matt Berninger’s quandaries are not the sort that can be outgrown, they’re the sort that stalk you to the grave. That The National can wring beauty from these bleak inevitabilities is the reason that they matter.

25. Atoms for Peace - AMOK

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
74
36 reviews

24. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

22. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

February 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Straight to your heart and to your gut, Push The Sky Away hits like a gentle kiss: life, love, loss. It’s a masterwork by an artist whose horizon feels a long, long way off.

17. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

November 5, 2013
Critic Score
69
25 reviews

15. TV Colours - Purple Skies, Toxic River

TV Colours - Purple Skies, Toxic River
June 17, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

14. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Overgrown holds together beautifully, managing to cohere without wilting into monotony. Given how eclectic the album is, it’s a hell of a trick.

13. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

12. HAIM - Days Are Gone

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

11. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 reviews

Reflektor is the sound of a few goofballs throwing themselves a well-deserved party, present are the requisite anxieties that go hand in hand with playing host.

10. Dick Diver - Calendar Days

Dick Diver - Calendar Days
March 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

8. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

The record’s better executed moments (‘Unbelievers’, ‘Ya Hey’) are widescreen and epic; adjectives one would never have associated with Vampire Weekend’s first two albums

7. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

If not a total revelation, it’s another periodic reminder of just how arresting a playful songwriter and a well-schooled rock band can sound together.

5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

Random Access Memories is too intimate to be the late night dancefloor banger some might’ve expected. Instead it’s the sensual conversation on the velvet sofa in a dimly-lit room.

3. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

It’s dark as anything but able to turn uplifting at any moment, synths and drum machines giving way to choral samples as if it’s the most natural thing in the world.

2. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

I called them solid and dependable previously and that sense of solidness is the first thing that comes across on ...Like Clockwork. They are a Volvo of a band, reliable, they will not let you down.

1. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

Overwhelming nostalgia defines Pure Heroine, a wistful dissection of a youth still in progress.

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