FasterLouder's Top 50 Albums of 2013

FasterLouder's Top 50 Albums of 2013

Original Source

50. Kirin J Callinan - Embracism

Kirin J Callinan - Embracism
July 2, 2013
Experimental
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
76
18 reviews

49. Deerhunter - Monomania

Deerhunter - Monomania
May 7, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
User Score
79
325 reviews

48. Cut Copy - Free Your Mind

Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
November 5, 2013
Electropop
Critic Score
68
22 reviews
User Score
74
56 reviews

47. Adalita - All Day Venus

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

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

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

45. Future of the Left - How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

Future of the Left - How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
October 21, 2013
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
85
12 reviews
User Score
75
33 reviews

44. Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Ready for Boredom

Bed Wettin' Bad Boys - Ready for Boredom
January 14, 2013
Garage Punk
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

43. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Julia Holter - Loud City Song
August 19, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
83
282 reviews

42. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
February 3, 2013
Shoegaze
Critic Score
88
34 reviews
User Score
81
449 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.

Full Review →

41. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
September 24, 2013
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
80
425 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.
Full Review →

40. Foals - Holy Fire

Foals - Holy Fire
February 11, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
76
250 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
User Score
NR

38. Savages - Silence Yourself

Savages - Silence Yourself
May 6, 2013
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
299 reviews

37. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
September 3, 2013
Industrial Rock
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
User Score
74
88 reviews

36. Pikelet - Calluses

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

35. Toro y Moi - Anything in Return

Toro y Moi - Anything in Return
January 22, 2013
Chillwave
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
User Score
74
129 reviews

34. Big Scary - Not Art

Big Scary - Not Art
June 28, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
79
4 reviews

33. Deafheaven - Sunbather

Deafheaven - Sunbather
June 11, 2013
Black Metal
Critic Score
90
18 reviews
User Score
84
423 reviews

32. Wolf & Cub - Heavy Weight

Wolf & Cub - Heavy Weight
September 13, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

31. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
May 27, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
85
32 reviews
User Score
82
188 reviews

30. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
August 24, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
25 reviews
User Score
80
138 reviews

29. Danny Brown - OLD

Danny Brown - OLD
October 8, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
81
306 reviews

28. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
February 5, 2013
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
78
204 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.

Full Review →

27. Ngaiire - Lamentations

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

26. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
May 21, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
36 reviews
User Score
82
568 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.

Full Review →

25. Atoms for Peace - AMOK

Atoms for Peace - AMOK
February 26, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
74
36 reviews
User Score
76
197 reviews

24. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
August 20, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
79
281 reviews

23. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Jon Hopkins - Immunity
June 3, 2013
Microhouse
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
84
324 reviews

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

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
February 18, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
User Score
80
195 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.

Full Review →

21. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In

Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
February 25, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
78
15 reviews

20. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs
September 27, 2013
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
83
17 reviews

19. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Folk Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
81
322 reviews

18. David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day
March 12, 2013
Art Rock
Critic Score
81
35 reviews
User Score
78
255 reviews

17. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
November 5, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
25 reviews
User Score
67
182 reviews

16. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
September 10, 2013
Soul
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
81
239 reviews

15. TV Colours - Purple Skies, Toxic River

TV Colours - Purple Skies, Toxic River
June 17, 2013
Garage Punk
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
85
1 review

14. James Blake - Overgrown

James Blake - Overgrown
April 8, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
User Score
82
533 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.

Full Review →

13. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
April 30, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
83
417 reviews

12. HAIM - Days Are Gone

HAIM - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
User Score
78
395 reviews

11. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
October 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
41 reviews
User Score
82
785 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.

Full Review →

10. Dick Diver - Calendar Days

Dick Diver - Calendar Days
March 15, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

9. Jagwar Ma - Howlin

Jagwar Ma - Howlin
June 10, 2013
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
79
102 reviews

8. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
User Score
85
856 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

Full Review →

7. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
78
616 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.

Full Review →

6. The Drones - I See Seaweed

The Drones - I See Seaweed
March 1, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
82
29 reviews

5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
User Score
80
713 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.

Full Review →

4. Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost
September 6, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
60
4 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

3. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
38 reviews
User Score
81
1037 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.

Full Review →

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

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
June 4, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
83
362 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.

Full Review →

1. Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine
September 30, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
80
455 reviews

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

Full Review →
Original Source: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/37856/FLs-Top-50-Albums-of-2013

MORE 2013 YEAR END LISTS:


MORE YEAR END LISTS FROM FASTERLOUDER:


Check out our 2013 Year End Summary.