American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2013

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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50. The Black Lillies - Runaway Freeway Blues

The Black Lillies - Runaway Freeway Blues
March 26, 2013
Americana
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

49. Courtney Jaye - Love and Forgiveness

Courtney Jaye - Love and Forgiveness
May 7, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
65
3 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

48. Jonny Fritz - Dad Country

Jonny Fritz - Dad Country
April 16, 2013
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
NR

47. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You
April 23, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
63
4 reviews
User Score
78
1 review

46. Amanda Shires - Down Fell the Doves

Amanda Shires - Down Fell the Doves
August 6, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
NR

45. Tim Easton - Not Cool

Tim Easton - Not Cool
August 20, 2013
Americana
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

44. The Head and The Heart - Let's Be Still

The Head and The Heart - Let's Be Still
October 15, 2013
Indie Folk
Critic Score
68
13 reviews
User Score
72
20 reviews

43. Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal
January 29, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
NR

42. Matt Costa - Matt Costa

Matt Costa - Matt Costa
February 12, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

41. Charlie Worsham - Rubberband

Charlie Worsham - Rubberband
August 20, 2013
Country
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

40. Deer Tick - Negativity

Deer Tick - Negativity
September 24, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
71
8 reviews
User Score
71
6 reviews

39. Elton John - The Diving Board

Elton John - The Diving Board
September 16, 2013
Rock
Critic Score
68
14 reviews
User Score
66
9 reviews

38. Night Beds - Country Sleep

Night Beds - Country Sleep
February 5, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
74
14 reviews

37. Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail

Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail
March 19, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

36. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart

Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
April 22, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

35. Tristen - CAVES

Tristen - CAVES
October 15, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
65
4 reviews
User Score
NR

34. 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

33. Mark Knopfler - Privateering

Mark Knopfler - Privateering
September 10, 2013
Folk Rock
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

32. Son Volt - Honky Tonk

Son Volt - Honky Tonk
March 5, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
65
7 reviews
User Score
69
4 reviews

31. Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) - The Low Highway

Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses) - The Low Highway
April 16, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
86
2 reviews

30. Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils

Aoife O'Donovan - Fossils
June 11, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
NR

29. Willy Mason - Carry On

Willy Mason - Carry On
December 3, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
77
2 reviews

28. Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks

Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks
March 5, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
75
10 reviews

27. Brandy Clark - 12 Stories

Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
October 22, 2013
Country
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
83
6 reviews

26. Lorde - Pure Heroine

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

25. HAIM - Days Are Gone

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

24. Johnny Flynn - Country Mile

Johnny Flynn - Country Mile
September 30, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
65
7 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

23. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

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

Fans craving some kind of thematic hook might be disappointed, but the flow the band achieves from song to song even with the variety of sounds on display should outweigh those concerns. 

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22. Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting the War

Slaid Cleaves - Still Fighting the War
June 18, 2013
Country
Critic Score
NR
User Score
85
1 review

21. Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone

Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone
August 13, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
84
10 reviews

20. 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

19. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
August 5, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
68
21 reviews
User Score
71
18 reviews

18. 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

For an album so ballad-heavy, there’s a great sense of turmoil and menace bubbling up just underneath the surface.

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17. The Milk Carton Kids - The Ash & Clay

The Milk Carton Kids - The Ash & Clay
March 26, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

16. Dawes - Stories Don't End

Dawes - Stories Don't End
April 9, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
73
7 reviews

15. The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion

The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion
October 15, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
62
11 reviews
User Score
69
10 reviews

14. Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose

Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
March 5, 2013
Country
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

13. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon
February 26, 2013
Country
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

12. 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

It’s time to start thinking of Vampire Weekend not as upstarts but as one of the world’s best bands

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11. Bill Callahan - Dream River

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

10. Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones

Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones
September 24, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
82
3 reviews

9. Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
September 17, 2013
Soul
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
67
11 reviews

8. Paul McCartney - New

Paul McCartney - New
October 15, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

7. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park

Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
March 19, 2013
Country
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
User Score
82
74 reviews

6. 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

Trouble Will Find Me finds them maintaining the peak they reached with High Violet even when they trek out in new directions.

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5. John Murry - The Graceless Age

John Murry - The Graceless Age
July 2, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
84
5 reviews

4. Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You

Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You
July 23, 2013
Americana
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
81
5 reviews

3. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

Phosphorescent - Muchacho
March 19, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
80
190 reviews

2. Patty Griffin - American Kid

Patty Griffin - American Kid
May 7, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
User Score
78
48 reviews

1. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
June 11, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
81
50 reviews
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