PopMatters' 75 Best Albums of 2013

PopMatters' 75 Best Albums of 2013

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75. Oh Sees - Floating Coffin

April 16, 2013
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

These songs take big bites, bites that take some chewing – for player and listener – to get through them, to find the good stuff in them we need.

74. The Uncluded - Hokey Fright

The Uncluded - Hokey Fright
May 7, 2013
Critic Score
64
8 reviews

72. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
82
37 reviews

It sounds like an extremely well-produced album that took about eight years of slow studio cooking to produce.

71. Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

Taken as a whole, however, the album stands as an impressive document of Ritter’s journey through an emotional storm.

70. The Flaming Lips - The Terror

April 1, 2013
Critic Score
78
34 reviews

Here, Coyne transforms his persona, and the band follows suit, breaking down and punching holes in the explorations they’ve dug into over the past few years.

67. Washed Out - Paracosm

August 13, 2013
Critic Score
72
29 reviews

Though firmly in the dream pop niche, the record is not limited to electronic soundscapes or synthesizer-based melodies, striking a balancing act between those standbys and more organic components including myriad antique keyboards and strings.

66. Superchunk - I Hate Music

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

This album is undeniable proof that creating something with resounding beauty is the ultimate defiance of death.

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65. The Icarus Line - Slave Vows

July 8, 2013
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

An eminently powerful work of rock ‘n’ roll from start to finish, Slave Vows hasn’t saved the soul of rock music, but it sure as hell has revitalized it.

63. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

Pure Heroine remains a lush, engaging experience. Lorde’s sudden international success is most welcome in such an overcrowded, singles-oriented marketplace as we have today, and her songwriting alone may very well turn her into some sort of Leonard Cohen for the tween set.

61. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

Even with his boundary-pushing songs and numerous (and often fascinating) interludes, he is still only a somewhat decent songwriter, and it’s Timbaland who winds up picking a lot of JT’s slack

59. In Solitude - Sister

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

58. Paramore - Paramore

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

Paramore is both the band’s most polished and messiest album, which somehow pays off.

57. Suede - Bloodsports

March 18, 2013
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Even if there are only ten tracks to feast upon, it’s clear that Suede is back in force, and Brett and the boys sound cooler than ever.

56. Popstrangers - Antipodes

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

Popstrangers more than successfully take all of these elements from other groups you know and love, and stirs them together in an appeasable soup, a brilliant melange of styles that ultimately comes out of the wringer sort of sounding something like their own.

53. Baths - Obsidian

May 28, 2013
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Obsidian is the dark record it was billed as because it starts to ask its own uncomfortable questions. Love becomes more illusory when it stops getting quoted.

51. Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple

Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple
February 26, 2013
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

This album takes the understate melodies of its predecessor and pushes them into any and every logical musical path they could go down.

49. Los Campesinos! - No Blues

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

48. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

November 5, 2013
Critic Score
69
25 reviews

In a year cluttered with high-profile hip-hop releases, The Marshall Mathers LP2 is undeniably the best of the best and it’s not close.

47. David Bowie - The Next Day

March 12, 2013
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

Now he’s just an old fellow who is fighting against the current, and The Next Day is a brutal drowning.

44. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Whatever Overgrown’s disappointments, it still bears the mark of a young songwriter of obscene talent. 

42. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

It’s an impressive record to listen to—the compositions are even more beautiful than Ekstasis, even though they’re often more fragmented—but it’s also a frightening depiction of what it feels like to have a whole population making you up in its head.

41. Alice Smith - She

Alice Smith - She
March 19, 2013
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

40. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Cerulean Salt is proof positive that Katie Crutchfield is well on her way to becoming all she can be, an emerging artist who definitely possesses the skills and a point-of-view that you’ve either got or don’t.

39. Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
18 reviews

Deafheaven’s audacity and artistry are hard to deny, which is but one of many reasons why Sunbather is an essential listen, and one of 2013’s boldest works of art.

38. Rhye - Woman

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

Though Rhye’s music is intimate and vulnerable, Milosh seems in control – perhaps he’s one of those smooth operators Sade sang about. 

37. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Hopkins is working on large-scale art but also in miniature, focusing our ears in on small details while stretching everything out to an impressive degree.

36. Mikal Cronin - MCII

May 7, 2013
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

The scope of Cronin’s offerings impress as much as his performance of them, opening up the category he’s working in, not unlike what his better-known comrade Ty Segall has been doing over the past few years.

32. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

May 27, 2013
Critic Score
85
32 reviews

Once I Was an Eagle is a bold work that, in theory, shouldn’t work—a lengthy, near-concept album about emotional availability—but Marling makes it into one of the year’s essential releases.

31. Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

The big take-away from Personal Record is how Friedberger seems more comfortable in her own skin as a songwriter now, even if that’s conveyed more in the smoother, natural sound of the music and less in the conventional sense of getting personal by baring your soul lyrically. 

29. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - English Electric

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

It is more focused and concise, and like the best OMD albums it maintains a consistent theme and feel, though the individual songs take on a variety of moods and approaches.

28. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

Whether conceptual or not, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth LP is a wonderfully cohesive and diverse album that fits together incredibly well.

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

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

This is a record that feels more loose and laid-back, which is appropriate for a group that’s getting back together after a few years off.

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