Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2013

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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50. Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn

Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn
June 5, 2013
Black Metal
Critic Score
72
2 reviews
User Score
88
3 reviews

49. Vali - Skogslandskap

Vali - Skogslandskap
August 30, 2013
Critic Score
NR
User Score
85
1 review

48. Danny Brown - OLD

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

Even though the emphasis of the record is on its expansive production, the lyrics are more telling than they’ve ever been. While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.

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47. Touché Amoré - Is Survived By

Touché Amoré - Is Survived By
September 24, 2013
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
82
13 reviews
User Score
79
51 reviews

Is Survived By is a massively engaging and surprisingly triumphant record, and you cant expect anything but for them to continue to add to their ranks of love-moshing fans with an album that is just so damn solid.

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46. Misery Signals - Absent Light

Misery Signals - Absent Light
July 30, 2013
Metalcore
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
79
1 review

45. Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X

Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X
September 24, 2013
Modern Classical
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
8 reviews

44. Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Pure Heroine
September 30, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
80
476 reviews

Pure Heroine is by no stretch of the imagination a groundbreaking record. Yet it surpasses its peers not on its sonic pleasures, however alternatively insistent or recycled they may be, but on the singular force of its artist’s striking personality.

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43. Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light

Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light
September 30, 2013
Progressive Metal
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
75
4 reviews

42. Dark Tranquillity - Construct

Dark Tranquillity - Construct
May 27, 2013
Melodic Death Metal
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
65
5 reviews

41. Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve

Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve
April 30, 2013
Ska Punk
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
79
18 reviews

40. Ducktails - The Flower Lane

Ducktails - The Flower Lane
January 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
65
24 reviews
User Score
73
58 reviews

39. Thundercat - Apocalypse

Thundercat - Apocalypse
June 4, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
76
88 reviews

38. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Jon Hopkins - Immunity
June 3, 2013
Microhouse
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
84
325 reviews

Even though the blueprint here is simple enough, the end product is far more huge than the sum of its parts-- the main reason Immunity is such an easy album to get lost in.

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37. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
78
621 reviews

AM is a very keen and well-referenced document in what being an international super-band means in this day and age; a scattergun mix of the best of both worlds.

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36. Yo La Tengo - Fade

Yo La Tengo - Fade
January 15, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
User Score
77
139 reviews

35. Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance

Darkthrone - The Underground Resistance
February 26, 2013
Heavy Metal
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
51
2 reviews

34. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
June 26, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
82
405 reviews

Run The Jewels is no exception to the group's preexisting cannon of groundbreaking releases. 

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33. Nails - Abandon All Life

Nails - Abandon All Life
March 19, 2013
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
73
18 reviews

32. Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart

Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart
April 22, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

31. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
October 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
41 reviews
User Score
82
798 reviews

It’s Arcade Fire expanding and pushing their sound forward, while reminding us that Win Butler and crew are way more self aware than we ever gave them credit for.

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30. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse

Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
February 5, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
76
73 reviews

29. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation
May 14, 2013
Pop Punk
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
80
15 reviews

28. 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

27. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Folk Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
81
322 reviews

His music is a vessel of sorts, a book penned from Vile’s subconscious and written for our experiences, so that we can live his music the way he does.

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26. Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes

Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes
May 31, 2013
Vaporwave
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
14 reviews

25. The Drones - I See Seaweed

The Drones - I See Seaweed
March 1, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
81
29 reviews

There's nothing secondary about I See Seaweed which showcases The Drones at their creative peak.

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24. Carcass - Surgical Steel

Carcass - Surgical Steel
September 17, 2013
Melodic Death Metal
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
76
12 reviews

23. Future of the Left - How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident

Future of the Left - How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
October 21, 2013
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
85
12 reviews
User Score
74
34 reviews

Even more than any of their previous outings How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident bridges the gap between efficient noise rock, whip-smart comedy and timely social commentary.

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22. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

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

21. Captain, We're Sinking - The Future is Cancelled

Captain, We're Sinking - The Future is Cancelled
June 11, 2013
Punk Rock
Critic Score
98
1 review
User Score
92
3 reviews

20. Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Branches

Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Branches
October 22, 2013
Indie Folk
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
84
8 reviews

19. The Dodos - Carrier

The Dodos - Carrier
August 27, 2013
Indie Folk
Critic Score
74
20 reviews
User Score
75
24 reviews

Carrier is sad, its melancholy almost oppressively palpable at times, but the Dodos refuse to wallow – if anything, Carrier is a learning experience in eleven songs. 

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18. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

The National - Trouble Will Find Me
May 21, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
36 reviews
User Score
82
573 reviews

Not much on this album is immediate, and that’s a little disappointing, but more than any other National work, Trouble Will Find Me hints at depths upon depths hidden beneath the surface of thirteen very pretty songs.

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17. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
User Score
85
870 reviews

It’s really too bad, then, that Modern Vampires couldn’t have been a more interesting--or easily definable--failure. As it stands, it’s just another Vampire Weekend album, except the songs are less catchy and more sterile this time around.

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16. Deerhunter - Monomania

Deerhunter - Monomania
May 7, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
User Score
79
323 reviews

Monomania demands an undivided attention and continuous play to truly see the beauty within its surrealism.

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15. Paysage d'Hiver - Das Tor

Paysage d'Hiver - Das Tor
May 24, 2013
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
NR
User Score
85
1 review

14. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
February 25, 2013
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
User Score
80
42 reviews

13. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
February 3, 2013
Shoegaze
Critic Score
88
34 reviews
User Score
81
452 reviews

While m b v is a record that is more than capable of standing on its own, at the same time it also sounds exactly like the sort of thing that we might have expected My Bloody Valentine to produce two decades ago, and this noticeable lack of allegiance to the present is perhaps the most potent thing about this entire revisionist affair. 

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12. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
September 10, 2013
Soul
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
81
245 reviews

The Electric Lady is also a dazzling artistic statement, a fiendlishly clever album that oozes enough feminine charm, wit and charisma to endow dozens of regular pop starlets with.

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11. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
38 reviews
User Score
81
1064 reviews

Yeezus is a challenging album. Usually when people say that, they imply that there will be a reward for closer listening, but I’m not sure that there is with this album.

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10. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky

Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky
May 14, 2013
Experimental
Critic Score
84
11 reviews
User Score
80
104 reviews

It may be difficult to listen to, and even harder to stomach, but there is great reward in focusing on what happens in this deceptively hushed landscape that Hval has built

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9. Obliteration - Black Death Horizon

Obliteration - Black Death Horizon
November 11, 2013
Death Metal
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
78
2 reviews

8. Laura Stevenson - Wheel

Laura Stevenson - Wheel
April 23, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

Layers are added with each passing song, and doubly so with each passing play of the album.

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7. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
June 4, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
83
370 reviews

With all its sonic diversity, consistency and precision, ...Like Clockwork is an impressive step in the right direction.

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6. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
September 3, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
77
24 reviews

5. Gorguts - Colored Sands

Gorguts - Colored Sands
August 6, 2013
Death Metal
Critic Score
87
4 reviews
User Score
82
17 reviews

4. Kayo Dot - Hubardo

Kayo Dot - Hubardo
September 1, 2013
Avant-Garde Metal
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
83
4 reviews

3. Deafheaven - Sunbather

Deafheaven - Sunbather
June 11, 2013
Black Metal
Critic Score
90
18 reviews
User Score
84
428 reviews

Deafheaven’s second outing is wondrous celebration of boundless ambition and pure artistic vision.

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2. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
March 19, 2013
Pop
Critic Score
74
30 reviews
User Score
78
324 reviews

1. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Julia Holter - Loud City Song
August 19, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
83
282 reviews

The power of Loud City Song, then, lies not in the concepts upon which it deliberates, nor even the means through which it deliberates upon them, but rather how it translates these heady notions of the individual vs. the social, the Idea of the city, etc. into warm and loving compositions that first and foremost feel real. 

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