FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2013

FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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49. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
57
18 reviews

In a year where the pop charts’ two biggest singles sound like Jamiroquai and Emeli Sande has sold more albums than anyone else from the UK, a record this entertaining, diverse and full of surprises – and often, yes, good songs – feels like a breath of fresh air.

48. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

At Shaking the Habitual’s core are the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction, so rare in the tradition of mostly reiterative pop music that the album feels transgressive, even though its underlying ideologies are reasonable rather than radical.

46. Autechre - Exai

February 7, 2013
Critic Score
78
16 reviews

Exai is best read as a proficient folding-together of the last 15 years of Autechre, and its best moments are exceptional

45. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

44. Filter Dread - Space Loops

Filter Dread - Space Loops
July 10, 2013
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

42. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

41. Ciara - Ciara

July 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

Ciara is perhaps her most accurately realised work to date, slinking and strutting between, in and around the music with an enjoyable (if occasionally frustrating) malleability that has become the bedrock of her appeal.

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40. suicideyear - Japan

suicideyear - Japan
May 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

39. King Louie - Jeep Music

King Louie - Jeep Music
July 22, 2013
Critic Score
60
1 review

37. Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out

Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out
May 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

36. Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain

October 28, 2013
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

As its title implies, Chance of Rain hinges on uncertainty and fluctuating pressure, not outpouring. It’s impersonal, then, but never inhuman.

35. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire - Kismet

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire - Kismet
June 4, 2013
Critic Score
70
1 review

34. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

Strangely for an album so heavily peopled with voices (none of them identifiably Lopatin’s), R Plus Seven feels isolated and eerily post-human. Musically it may be Oneohtrix Point Never’s most accessible work yet, but the emotional pull it exerts is minimal.

32. FKA Twigs - EP2

September 17, 2013
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

31. Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

Perhaps it’s the range of this record that is most impressive: the US dancefloor renaissance of which Leeds is a part has been largely singles-focussed so far, and few of its proponents seem capable of producing an album as diverse as this. 

30. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Doris is miles ahead of 2010’s Earl, and on it, Earl surpasses nearly all of his contemporaries.

29. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

June 10, 2013
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

It’s really, really beautiful – beauty as it should be in music: something precious, elusive and exotic, or indeterminate, a little sad and more than a little elegant.

28. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

With Old, Brown has bettered XXX by putting in the same kind of hard graft that has given him the edge on his endless run of tours. It’s an album that feels measured and well timed and yet avoids sounding over-polished or awkwardly stage-managed.

27. Ron Morelli - Spit

November 11, 2013
Critic Score
65
4 reviews

26. Syclops - A Blink of a Eye

Syclops - A Blink of a Eye
February 14, 2013
Critic Score
70
1 review

25. MGUN - The Near Future

MGUN - The Near Future
December 1, 2012
Critic Score
80
1 review

23. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

As a portrait of a city, and a person, Acid Rap is about as good – and as honest – as they come.

21. Prurient - Through the Window

February 25, 2013
Critic Score
73
6 reviews

There’ll always be room for expertly produced, noisy techno, and Through the Window is an example of the sound done to perfection – caustic, haunting and, despite everyone’s best intentions, almost fun.

20. MssingNo - MssingNo

MssingNo - MssingNo
November 25, 2013
Critic Score
90
1 review

19. DJ Mustard - Ketchup

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
73
2 reviews

18. Powell - Untitled

Powell - Untitled
January 17, 2013
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. James Holden - The Inheritors

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

As tempting as it is to pooh-pooh Holden’s overblown ambitions, in The Inheritors he really has created an album of striking originality, and one whose more excessive aspects feel largely justified.

14. Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart

Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart
May 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

A creative leap forward doesn’t always have to mean changing your entire identity, and few albums show that as lucidly as The Weighing of the Heart.

13. Logos - Cold Mission

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

11. KA - The Night's Gambit

July 13, 2013
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Hurt but all the wiser for it, Ka uses the conceit of chess to tie together this document of his journey from hard-as-nails thug to saved rapper.

10. Omar S - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself

Omar S - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
March 25, 2013
Critic Score
71
3 reviews

9. DJ Rashad - Rollin'

DJ Rashad - Rollin'
March 18, 2013
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

6. Stellar Om Source - Joy One Mile

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

5. Kelela - Cut 4 Me

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

3. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

Faced with making a career defining album, he opted for a palette of uncommercial sounds and ideas that takes his artistry to a level unparalleled in hip-hop (and pop music, for that matter). 

1. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

May 1, 2013
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

Faced with trying to communicate a feeling as raw as lost love, he too has reached for the cliches. They may be banal and apparently devoid of sincerity, but for Blunt, they capture our inability to say what we mean or mean what we say in these strange, post-ideological times.

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