Billboard's 15 Best Albums of 2013

Billboard's 15 Best Albums of 2013

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15. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

14. Lady Gaga - ARTPOP

Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
November 11, 2013
Critic Score
62
24 reviews

12. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

On "Modern Vampires," there's no reaching for the elusive crossover hit, no beating listeners over the head with overdone choruses -- just quality music, which, so far, has worked out just fine.

9. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 reviews

Clocking in at an hour and twenty-five minutes, "Reflektor" drags in parts, though it contains plenty of moments that sound ready to breathe life into the middling state of commercial rock in 2013.

8. Rhye - Woman

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

"Random Access Memories" is a messy album, filled with passages that can be trimmed and one or two too many plodding songs. But it's also fantastic to hear these masterminds trying again.

6. HAIM - Days Are Gone

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
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5. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
27 reviews
He makes up for the lack of addictive anthems and playfulness with his impressionable stream of sentiments -- our kryptonite, his superpower.

4. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
Built around producer Joel Little's deep bass rumbles, lilting loops and programmed beats, the album evokes the shadowy sonics of Massive Attack and the XX. In the center of the heaviness, however, is a 16-year-old with a dynamic voice and an even better pop sensibility.

3. Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

They're still more interested in presenting exhilarating dance music than trying to analyze its power.

2. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
38 reviews

Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous emotional layers as well.

1. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
It's as impressive an accomplishment creatively as it is for shifting the industry towards a more nontraditional take on the "single-album-tour" strategy.
Original Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5840321/15-best-albums-of-2013-critics-picks
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