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Uncut's Top 50 Albums of 2013

Uncut's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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50. Houndstooth - Ride Out the Dark

Houndstooth - Ride Out the Dark
July 16, 2013
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
59
1 review

49. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day

Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day
September 24, 2013
Dream Pop
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
User Score
75
37 reviews

48. Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost

Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
April 16, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
71
23 reviews
User Score
75
44 reviews

47. Phoenix - Bankrupt!

Phoenix - Bankrupt!
April 22, 2013
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
29 reviews
User Score
75
203 reviews

46. Factory Floor - Factory Floor

Factory Floor - Factory Floor
September 9, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
82
24 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

45. Manic Street Preachers - Rewind The Film

Manic Street Preachers - Rewind The Film
September 16, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
User Score
72
13 reviews

44. Fuzz - Fuzz

Fuzz - Fuzz
October 1, 2013
Garage Rock
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
80
48 reviews

43. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
September 3, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
77
23 reviews

42. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
October 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
35 reviews
User Score
82
638 reviews

While the overall sound is massive, it’s become somewhat restricted in tone and texture, most tracks careering towards climaxes of cacophonous synth whines and heavy rock guitars, a narrower palette than on previous albums.

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41. Low - The Invisible Way

Low - The Invisible Way
March 19, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
74
37 reviews

40. Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel

Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

39. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
August 20, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
79
229 reviews

38. Haim - Days Are Gone

Haim - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
User Score
78
319 reviews

37. Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record

Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record
June 4, 2013
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
75
33 reviews

36. Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

35. Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf - Perils from the Sea

Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf - Perils from the Sea
April 30, 2013
Folktronica
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

34. White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade

White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade
October 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
76
34 reviews

33. Richard Thompson - Electric

Richard Thompson - Electric
February 5, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
73
7 reviews

32. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
June 10, 2013
Post-Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
78
102 reviews

31. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get ...

Neko Case - The Worse Things Get ...
September 3, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
79
58 reviews

30. Yo La Tengo - Fade

Yo La Tengo - Fade
January 15, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
27 reviews
User Score
77
133 reviews

29. Hiss Golden Messenger - Haw

Hiss Golden Messenger - Haw
April 1, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
76
22 reviews

28. Johnny Marr - The Messenger

Johnny Marr - The Messenger
February 26, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
65
18 reviews
User Score
68
26 reviews

27. Atoms for Peace - AMOK

Atoms for Peace - AMOK
February 26, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
74
32 reviews
User Score
75
185 reviews

26. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
June 11, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
80
46 reviews

25. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In

Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
February 25, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
79
14 reviews

24. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
February 5, 2013
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
78
189 reviews

23. Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare

Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare
October 14, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
82
12 reviews

22. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
April 8, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
83
30 reviews
User Score
79
351 reviews

21. Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio

Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio
January 8, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
2 reviews

20. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
User Score
85
737 reviews
If in the past you’ve admired Vampire Weekend from a distance, this is the album that should have you falling in love with them.
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19. Endless Boogie - Long Island

Endless Boogie - Long Island
February 19, 2013
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
68
2 reviews

18. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
August 18, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
20 reviews
User Score
82
113 reviews

17. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
35 reviews
User Score
81
837 reviews

16. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin

Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
April 16, 2013
Garage Rock
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
79
83 reviews

15. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Julia Holter - Loud City Song
August 19, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
User Score
83
242 reviews

14. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
May 21, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
User Score
82
497 reviews

These songs instinctually shy away from grandstanding or big gestures; every time you think they’re headed for a fist-pumping chorus, they’ll veer off, or Berninger will shrug off the gravity with a lyrical clown move delivered in deadpan.

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13. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
80
604 reviews

12. Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red
October 7, 2013
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
72
5 reviews
It's a genius pop album by a genius pop singer-songwriter.
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11. Matthew E. White - Big Inner

Matthew E. White - Big Inner
August 21, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
User Score
80
32 reviews

10. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
June 11, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
79
191 reviews

9. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
29 reviews
User Score
79
507 reviews

AM ... feels a considerably more self-assured album: heavy in a dramatic and confident way, conceptually strong, and not without groove.

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8. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Folk Rock
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
User Score
81
289 reviews

7. Bill Callahan - Dream River

Bill Callahan - Dream River
September 17, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
80
87 reviews

6. Roy Harper - Man and Myth

Roy Harper - Man and Myth
September 23, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
95
1 review

5. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
May 27, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
85
28 reviews
User Score
81
164 reviews

4. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
March 11, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
17 reviews
User Score
77
98 reviews

3. 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
30 reviews
User Score
80
178 reviews

As by his own admission he’s more of a voyeuristic, narrative songwriter than an emotional miner: here, the music fills in the unwritten emotional content lurking behind his observations.

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2. David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day
March 12, 2013
Art Rock
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
User Score
77
208 reviews

1. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
February 3, 2013
Shoegaze
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
User Score
81
411 reviews
Original Source: http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/wild-mercury-sound/the-best-albums-of-2013-the-uncut-top-80

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