FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2013

FACT Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2013

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50. Cream Juice - Man Feelings

Cream Juice - Man Feelings
April 21, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

49. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
October 8, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
57
18 reviews
User Score
56
216 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.

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48. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
April 8, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
User Score
79
377 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.

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47. Friendzone - DX

Friendzone - DX
October 9, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
56
1 review

46. Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai
February 7, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
72
32 reviews

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

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45. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety

Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
February 26, 2013
R&B
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
80
221 reviews

44. Filter Dread - Space Loops

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

43. Vakula - You've Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-​2012)

Vakula - You've Never Been To Konotop (Selected Works 2009-​2012)
June 1, 2013
Deep House
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

42. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

Drake - Nothing Was the Same
September 24, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
27 reviews
User Score
76
355 reviews

41. Ciara - Ciara

Ciara - Ciara
July 9, 2013
R&B
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
75
34 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
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
3 reviews

39. King Louie - Jeep Music

King Louie - Jeep Music
July 22, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
55
1 review

38. Donato Dozzy - Plays Bee Mask

Donato Dozzy - Plays Bee Mask
September 2, 2013
Ambient
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

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

Tree - Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out
May 15, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
36
2 reviews

36. Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain

Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain
October 28, 2013
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
78
35 reviews

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

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35. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire - Kismet

Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire - Kismet
June 4, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
75
8 reviews

34. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
October 1, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
User Score
80
168 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.

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33. Roly Porter - Life Cycle of a Massive Star

Roly Porter - Life Cycle of a Massive Star
October 7, 2013
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
75
3 reviews

32. FKA Twigs - EP2

FKA Twigs - EP2
September 17, 2013
R&B
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
81
134 reviews

31. Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns

Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns
September 24, 2013
Deep House
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
76
12 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. 

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30. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
August 20, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
79
281 reviews

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

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29. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
June 10, 2013
Post-Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
78
105 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.

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28. Danny Brown - OLD

Danny Brown - OLD
October 8, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
81
306 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.

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27. Ron Morelli - Spit

Ron Morelli - Spit
November 11, 2013
Electronica
Critic Score
65
4 reviews
User Score
NR

26. Syclops - A Blink of a Eye

Syclops - A Blink of a Eye
February 14, 2013
House
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
57
1 review

25. MGUN - The Near Future

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

24. Grumbling Fur - Glynnaestra

Grumbling Fur - Glynnaestra
July 22, 2013
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
72
6 reviews

23. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
April 30, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
83
418 reviews

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

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22. The House In the Woods - Bucolica

The House In the Woods - Bucolica
September 30, 2013
Ambient
Critic Score
NR
User Score
52
1 review

21. Prurient - Through the Window

Prurient - Through the Window
February 25, 2013
Noise
Critic Score
73
6 reviews
User Score
70
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.

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20. MssingNo - MssingNo

MssingNo - MssingNo
November 25, 2013
Grime
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

19. DJ Mustard - Ketchup

DJ Mustard - Ketchup
June 3, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
2 reviews
User Score
64
3 reviews

18. Powell - Untitled

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

17. Mumdance - Twists and Turns

Mumdance - Twists and Turns
June 4, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

16. James Holden - The Inheritors

James Holden - The Inheritors
June 17, 2013
Minimal
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
78
48 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.

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15. Rome Fortune - Beautiful Pimp

Rome Fortune - Beautiful Pimp
February 26, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
83
5 reviews

14. Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart

Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart
May 13, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
78
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.

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13. Logos - Cold Mission

Logos - Cold Mission
November 18, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
79
17 reviews

12. Jai Paul - Jai Paul

Jai Paul - Jai Paul
April 1, 2013
Experimental
Critic Score
NR
User Score
83
76 reviews

11. KA - The Night's Gambit

KA - The Night's Gambit
July 13, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
76
47 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.

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

Omar-S - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
March 25, 2013
Deep House
Critic Score
71
3 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

9. DJ Rashad - Rollin'

DJ Rashad - Rollin'
March 18, 2013
Juke
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
77
4 reviews

8. Lil Ugly Mane - Three Sided Tape

Lil Ugly Mane - Three Sided Tape
August 7, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
72
5 reviews

7. Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story

Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story
February 2, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
80
9 reviews

6. Stellar Om Source - Joy One Mile

Stellar Om Source - Joy One Mile
June 11, 2013
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
84
3 reviews

5. Kelela - CUT 4 ME

Kelela - CUT 4 ME
October 1, 2013
R&B
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
80
55 reviews

4. Galcher Lustwerk - 100% Galcher

Galcher Lustwerk - 100% Galcher
March 6, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
84
4 reviews

3. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
38 reviews
User Score
81
1038 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). 

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2. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
October 29, 2013
Synthpop
Critic Score
75
24 reviews
User Score
78
242 reviews

1. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
May 1, 2013
Experimental
Critic Score
69
9 reviews
User Score
79
34 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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