The 405's 25 Albums of the Year 2013

The 405's 25 Albums of the Year 2013

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25. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

It's just as exciting as we've come to expect from him, and as forward-thinking as ever. 

24. DJ Koze - Amygdala

March 25, 2013
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

Slowly sifting through music this immersive and hypnotic, though, is a pleasure in itself, and discovering those flourishes just adds another level of fulfilment on top of an already multi-faceted and uniquely satisfying piece of work.

23. Son Lux - Lanterns

Son Lux - Lanterns
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

22. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 reviews

This is an admirable progression, but by no means perfect one, however, not many bands as big as Arcade Fire could make a similar transition and come out so triumphantly.

21. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Still unconventional and still brilliant, The Knife may be sharing more with us than ever before, but you can't help but feel there is so much left to discover. Sheer genius.

20. Sigur Rós - Kveikur

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

It's unsettling, chaotic, vengeful, astounding, invigorating and forces you to feel a plethora of cacophonous emotions concurrently. It's their loudest record. It's their darkest record. It's their best record in a long, long time.

19. Baths - Obsidian

May 28, 2013
Critic Score
76
20 reviews

Obsidian is the exactly the type of record a Baths fan should be excited for: something simultaneously original, brave, and exciting to listen to over and over again.

18. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Whilst it remains unpredictable throughout, Loud City Song is never anything less than completely thrilling.

17. Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

Half of Where You Live, as its inspiration would suggest, covers a lot of ground, more than can be taken in properly on first listen, but this is the kind of record on which there is still more to be discovered after listen number 10.

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15. MONEY - The Shadow of Heaven

August 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
14 reviews

There's a rich vein of sparkly feelings to be mined on Shadow Of Heaven, and repeated listens are highly recommended - at first it may appear a dour tantrum, and though that's still present after a few plays, you begin to find and grab onto the fragments of hope and vague optimism.

14. Lizzo - Lizzobangers

Lizzo - Lizzobangers
October 15, 2013
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

13. Deptford Goth - Life After Defo

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
73
11 reviews

It will take a while to peel back every coat of nuance and each thread of subtlety, but the rewards of the journey will be worth it.

12. James Holden - The Inheritors

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

The Inheritors builds on his remarkable debut - it's even more ambitious in scope, grabbing the listener by the throat and refusing to let go; a 75-minute epic that works incredibly well as an album.

11. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

Innocence Is Kinky may not be an easy listen, with its hardened emotions, harsh sounds and brilliantly erratic vocal style, but Jenny Hval has taken what was once a floundering live art performance and fashioned it into her most enduring recorded work yet.

10. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Old, from its quirky beat selection to its more classic hip-hop moments leaves the listener more than happy but steeped with a sense of jealousy. 

9. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

The Electric Lady features so many different styles yet each one is done near perfectly. Moving between genres is seamless and each track is so full of character as a result of this diversity, the exemplary arrangements and, of course, Monáe herself leading the way.

8. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

June 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

It's still going to take a much stronger, more original, and more distinctive album than Yeezus to knock this off its perch as rap album of the year so far.

7. Factory Floor - Factory Floor

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

It's the soundtrack to a disco at the end of the world. It's Factory Floor: unparalleled, uncompromising and pretty much unstoppable.

6. Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
18 reviews

This quest for perfection has yielded the most emotive and powerful music Deafheaven have yet written. Their sound is much more expansive than before, and even more varied.

5. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Hopkins has delivered what is undoubtedly his best album to date. Its more beat-driven approach may scare off the purists, but even in its maximalist moments, there is the fragile beauty and tenderness he has become known for. 

4. Grouper - The Man Who Died in His Boat

February 5, 2013
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Where many of the tracks on The Man Who Died in His Boat could have been as easily thrown away as the debris that floats across the ocean, Grouper's conceptual vision and subtle songwriting makes this an immersive and ethereal addition to her impressive catalog.

3. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

With every successive album, Kanye West somehow summarises his entire career while simultaneously staying years ahead of the game.

2. Darkside - Psychic

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

It's an album that sounds as though it was conceived by a bunch of mad scientists, pouring in a dash of blues, some jazz, and some special Jaar minimal formula, while ripping up conventions into as many pieces as it can before strutting away with such confidence and swagger that it's hard not admire this confusing yet infectious creature.

1. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Even in these darker and more earnest moments, it's never difficult to sense the love of craft that went into Acid Rap's construction, and it's because of this that Acid Rap is, ultimately, a fundamentally joyful record.

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