musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2013

musicOMH's Top 100 Albums of 2013

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99. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

August 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

Delivering on all his potential with the sort of nonchalance and assurance we’ve come to expect from the young man, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is a special album, from a special artist.

98. Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

Beneath the pop sheen, melodic influences and club grooves lies something much stranger and curiously disconnected. These characteristics might see Pull My Hair Back elevated to cult status given the right audience and the power of word-of-mouth.

96. James Holden - The Inheritors

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

The Inheritors is a rich and vivid work that is as mysterious as it is compelling.

95. Katy Perry - Prism

October 22, 2013
Critic Score
62
20 reviews

93. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

If you admire The Knife’s music for its incredible unpredictability and off-the-scale inventiveness, you are likely to consider this to be at least amongst their best work yet.

92. Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
18 reviews

There’s something deeply relevant about Sunbather, as if it touches a sort of inner anxiety and insecurity that currently lingers in many of us.

91. MONEY - The Shadow of Heaven

August 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
14 reviews

In The Shadow Of Heaven, Money have unveiled themselves as an ambitious band, who owe a fair bit to the influences of the city they live in as well as the generations of artist who have been inspired to write thoughtful rock music there.

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90. Mikal Cronin - MCII

May 7, 2013
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

It’s perhaps a risk for Cronin to take a partial step away from hazy psychedelic rock in favour of plaintive emoting, but it’s a risk he navigates extremely successfully.

89. Drenge - Drenge

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

It’s neither too deliberately lo-fi sounding nor too glossy, and there’s a complete lack of bullshit about it.

88. Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

If anything prevents it from being an instant classic, it’s that it’s simply not risky enough to be a game changer.

87. Bill Callahan - Dream River

September 17, 2013
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

With the lightweight numbers up front and the centrepiece dominating the lacklustre cast around it, the album is surely one of the most uneven and unsatisfying in recent memory from Callahan.

86. Postiljonen - Skyer

July 22, 2013
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

With Skyer, the Swedish trio have created their own dreamlike gossamer world where the exaltation to “take me to the clouds above” is almost realised.

85. Villagers - {Awayland}

January 14, 2013
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

There are many treasures to be found here, with the songs positively fizzing with a gleeful ingenuity. 

83. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

R Plus Seven is as singularly compelling as any of his previous releases, but in his desire to transcend glossy hyper pop and introspective electronica into something new and fascinating, Lopatin has delivered a masterful debut for his new label.

82. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation

April 15, 2013
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

This is an album that seeks to explore a shifting in spiritual planes, and the music reflects this by twisting its source material into something entirely other.

81. Magic Arm - Images Rolling

Magic Arm - Images Rolling
June 3, 2013
Critic Score
68
5 reviews

Somewhere in this eclectic mix is a talented songwriter bursting to get out and show the world what he’s really made of.

80. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

May 27, 2013
Critic Score
85
32 reviews

Sandblown and enigmatic, these are English folk songs that at times sound as if they’ve been established in the canon for umpteen years, yet the filter of tradition yields strangely enigmatic results; songs that are readily self-aware, but also conjure something unknown.

79. Iceage - You're Nothing

February 19, 2013
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

You’re Nothing is as obtuse, noisy, amateur, and sometimes thrillingly good as its predecessor.

78. Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

This is unpretentious music that demands dancing and speaks to the same primal senses that no doubt inspired someone to start banging sticks and rocks together however many hundreds of thousands of years ago music was invented.

77. Goldfrapp - Tales of Us

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

This is real music, about real people, dealing in real emotion. That it sounds so gorgeously lush too is mere icing on a very rich cake.

76. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Waxahatchee’s second album is one to immerse yourself in, to lose yourself in and generally marvel at the raw emotion that’s so beautifully expressed.

74. Ólöf Arnalds - Sudden Elevation

Ólöf Arnalds - Sudden Elevation
February 4, 2013
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

Sudden Elevation is yet another solid display of Arnalds’ talents and is arguably the LP that most newcomers to the singer-songwriter should arrive at first.

73. MS MR - Secondhand Rapture

MS MR - Secondhand Rapture
May 14, 2013
Critic Score
63
12 reviews

Whether each track in question happens to be weaker of stronger, a richness that speaks out with a singular voice remains throughout; gently, measured in its tones. It feels like a voice you can trust.

72. Los Campesinos! - No Blues

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

There’s the archetypical vulnerability lurking beneath each track, but their sound suggests something everyone from that mid-2000s period has (hopefully) done – matured and become more assured. 

71. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse

February 5, 2013
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

Pedestrian Verse should easily continue Frightened Rabbit’s upwards trajectory and, as with the characters who populate the album, you can’t help but root for their success.

70. Bill Frisell - Big Sur

Bill Frisell - Big Sur
June 18, 2013
Critic Score
65
3 reviews

69. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - English Electric

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

Fans will adore it, but beyond that there’s the lingering suspicion that OMD will remain ‘that group’ you go to when you want to relive fading memories of yesteryear.

68. The Spook School - Dress Up

The Spook School - Dress Up
October 7, 2013
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

67. Wooden Shjips - Back to Land

Wooden Shjips - Back to Land
November 12, 2013
Critic Score
70
18 reviews

Their strengths lie within rocky, repetitive grooves and guitar wizardry, with Johnson’s own appearance aptly resembling that of a wizard. 

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

October 21, 2013
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

It seems impossible that a band can so consistently produce such output full of lyrical ingenuity, social commentary, and musical quality while retaining a sense of humour. 

64. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

November 5, 2013
Critic Score
69
25 reviews

63. Johnny Marr - The Messenger

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
67
21 reviews

This is a solid, enjoyable solo debut that’s certainly worth investigation if you’re a long-term Marr watcher.

62. Eluvium - Nightmare Ending

Eluvium - Nightmare Ending
May 14, 2013
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

Nightmare Ending, like Cooper’s best work, combines orchestral shoegaze with ambient piano-led tracks to create a shimmering, worthwhile listen from front to back.

61. The Field - Cupid's Head

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Cupid’s Head is hardly designed for immediate, cursory consumption but instead makes thorough and purposeful demands of its audience. Yet Willner is more than prepared to reward any investment of faith and time. 

60. Factory Floor - Factory Floor

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Factory Floor is also a lot more fun than you might have imagined, without sacrificing any of what made them so exciting and immersive in the first place.

59. Pure Bathing Culture - Moon Tides

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
69
15 reviews

It politely demands your attention; it wants to transport you elsewhere, to a place in which to daydream and reflect. 

58. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

What it is ... is an album of bona fide radio hits in an ideal world, a fine example of mainstream rock at its most tasteful, music that’s going to be popular and sell a lot but that’s not afraid to subtly defy expectations of what its makers are.

57. Marius Neset - Birds

Marius Neset - Birds
April 16, 2013
Critic Score
100
1 review

56. Laura Veirs - Warp and Weft

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

This is possibly her most satisfying album to date; it is, at times, quite spellbinding.

55. Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon

March 4, 2013
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

While Mvula has a great voice and is a skilled musician, she plays it far too safe on her debut LP. 

54. Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
75
23 reviews

The density of its production and the slipperiness of its song structures ensures that this album isn’t for everyone.

53. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

February 5, 2013
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

While the album is weakened a little by an aimless middle, the majority of II shows just how good Unknown Mortal Orchestra can be when Nielson knows which direction he wants to take.

52. Thundercat - Apocalypse

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

This album is the full realisation of his talent as a bass player, musician and, most importantly, a songwriter. Apocalypse is, in short, a supreme triumph.

51. Sky Larkin - Motto

September 16, 2013
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

We knew Sky Larkin had potential. It’s been more than followed up on with Motto, surely one of the best albums of the year.

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