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The Line of Best Fit's 50 Albums of 2013

The Line of Best Fit's 50 Albums of 2013

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50. Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We

August 5, 2013
Critic Score
67
13 reviews

Where The Heaven Are We ably showcases their innate knack for massive hooks – it’s a rock-solid debut with something for everyone.

48. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

The cohesion of the overall experience is intrinsic to its arresting impact and over the course of these ten modest tracks Nepenthe makes the world seem a much more serene and beautiful place.

47. Darkside - Psychic

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Field recordings, earthly elements, human murmurs and heavy breathing mix seamlessly with synthesizers, drums and keyboards to produce a meditative enlightenment, with Jaar and Harrington creating an album based on opposites, successfully uniting the natural with the unnatural.

46. Mariam the Believer - Blood Donation

November 4, 2013
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

45. AlunaGeorge - Body Music

July 29, 2013
Critic Score
72
26 reviews

It’s a record certainly fine enough to ensure the pairing will have no issues sprinting to the upper echelons of pop aristocracy.

44. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

The popular perception of Danny Brown as a particularly lewd-yet-talented harlequin, one who banters about absurd rap tropes indicative of a healthy respect for the hoary even as he transcends it, fails to take into account his most important asset, the one Old makes abundantly clear; his acute understanding of the environment such bromides are born from.

43. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
82
37 reviews

Neither a huge leap forward nor a step back for the pair, it sounds decidedly humble for an album heralded with such fanfare; it’s as if they’re aware that when the dust settles, it’ll just be another BoC album – and another very good one at that.

42. Seams - Quarters

Seams - Quarters
September 16, 2013
Critic Score
66
10 reviews

41. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

With a work of such stark emotional beauty, Blake has picked up the torch once again with Overgrown.  In the end, you judge a musical journey by your own emotional response, and mine was blown wide open.

40. Flume - Flume

November 10, 2012
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

39. Factory Floor - Factory Floor

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Factory Floor’s music is distilled down into three elements. Rhythm. Synths. Vocals. That they make something so evocatively alienated, so compulsively unknowable and so bleakly irresistible from simply this is a sharp, uncompromising, emphatic victory.

38. Bill Callahan - Dream River

September 17, 2013
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

35. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

June 10, 2013
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

While it isn’t pretty, cute, comfortable or enlightening music, Field of Reeds is important, resonant, serious and very very clever.

34. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
34 reviews

It triumphs not as a continuation of a musical conversation that Isn’t Anything and Loveless began, but by forging its own distinct modern dialogue, one that at once sounds rooted in its own imaginative time and place, perhaps even dimension, with any telling outside influences dissipating as soon as the songs truly take their pleasurable hold.

33. Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

Somehow, Half of Where You Live goes beyond beats, samples, loops and waveforms. On this particular journey, Gold Panda is part storyteller and part electronic folk hero.

32. Outfit - Performance

August 12, 2013
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

The most impressive achievement of this record is its ability to take the unexpected and make it sound entirely natural. The result is an album that’s intricate enough for the die-hards to get lost in, but immediate enough to bend some ears on Xfm’s clogged airwaves.

29. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

28. James Holden - The Inheritors

June 17, 2013
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

The deception, though, lies not in juxtaposition, but in slight-of-hand – the slow build of Holden’s production is at times so subtle that he can bend reality to his will.

27. Foals - Holy Fire

February 11, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

26. Atoms for Peace - AMOK

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
74
36 reviews

23. Forest Swords - Engravings

August 26, 2013
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

It’s a sonic exploration that, not unlike graphic design, takes physical elements and visualises them in another manner. And it sounds incredible.

22. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

June 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Run the Jewels not only surmounts Charybdis, but does so head held high, able to be considered – and enjoyed – upon its own merits.

21. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
39 reviews

While it might not be his most enjoyable album, I think time will show it to be his most important.

19. MONEY - The Shadow of Heaven

August 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
14 reviews

The Shadow of Heaven is an incredible persuasive push for thoughtful guitar music, in an often vacuous mainstream.

17. John Wizards - John Wizards

September 2, 2013
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

Its stylistic diversity can be off-putting at first. But the more you listen, the more it all comes together. And it’s worth listening enough to get to that point, because the band has created one of the more unique and refreshing debuts in recent memory.

16. Samaris - Samaris

Samaris - Samaris
July 29, 2013
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

Samaris’s songs are just so cleverly composed and gracefully balanced, that it’s sometimes hard to pick them apart.

15. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 reviews

As bonkers as it is brave, this sprawling vessel represents as big a sonic reinvigoration as could be expected at the level occupied by the biggest bands in the world – and only possible for a group still too hungry to conform, and tightly wound to settle down.

14. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

Many of the tracks available here could be chart-bothering Top Ten flirters, and Chvrches gutsy, crucial sonic smoothie never ceases to be utterly charming.

13. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

O’Connor’s coup d’état on Pure Heroine is ultimately the subversion of sentiment and expectations she achieves as Lorde: an often incongruous mix of the small-town study-hard goth-geek and a vampishm, leftfield pop star in the making.

12. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

Nothing Was the Same is a tougher, more grown up album than he’s made before and, if it never quite reaches the emotional depth of Take Care’s ‘Marvin’s Room’ or ‘Take Care’, it surpasses the previous album in consistency and unity of vision.

11. Braids - Flourish // Perish

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Braids have summoned a record that’s capable of drowning you. It’s incredibly immersive, and at times it can be emotionally overwhelming. 

10. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
82
36 reviews

While Berninger and co. may not have the party lit up like “a birthday candle in a circle of black girls” as they once did, there will always be people who’d rather throw off the corny dancing and talk intelligently for an hour or two.

8. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

At times, it will have you lurching for the nearest patch of danceable floor; at others, your head will be thrust back, eyes closed in bliss

7. London Grammar - If You Wait

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

Although it is Reid’s voice that is always dominating proceedings, it is in fact the shy guitars and subtle production that make London Grammar interesting; strip them away and they have nothing but a big voice.

6. Nils Frahm - Spaces

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

5. Daughter - If You Leave

March 18, 2013
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

This isn’t a difficult album at all: If You Leave is staggeringly beautiful from beginning to close, a catharsis that’s both bracing and woozily amniotic.

4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

February 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Experimental yet built on superb songwriting, fresh and surprising but still somehow recognisably a Bad Seeds record, the amount of innovation and inspiration found on Push The Sky Away proves that Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds must still care an awful lot about this rock ‘n’ roll stuff.

3. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

All in all, it is one of the most exceptionally realised albums to enter the world since her last release, and confirms that both as an artist and a role-model Monáe really ought to be celebrated as Electric Lady number one.

2. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

It’s the explorations of sound and bold yet gentle orchestrations that makes Loud City Song a perfect example of Holter honing in on her talents by evoking mystery but retaining enough openness to keep her sound in constant flux.

1. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

It’s an admirable pool of ideas, thrilling noises, rare, unpredictable melodies and a huge amount of imagination but to be brutally frank, it doesn’t encourage repeat listens.

Original Source: http://thelineofbestfit.com/features/lists/best-fit-fifty-albums-of-2013-143059
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