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Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2013

Sputnikmusic's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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48. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 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.

47. Touché Amoré - Is Survived By

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
82
13 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.

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

Ulver - Messe I.X-VI.X
September 24, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

44. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
29 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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38. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 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.

37. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
33 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.

36. Yo La Tengo - Fade

January 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

34. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels

June 26, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

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

33. Nails - Abandon All Life

Nails - Abandon All Life
March 19, 2013
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

31. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 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.

27. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
82
32 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.

26. Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes

Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes
May 31, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

25. The Drones - I See Seaweed

March 1, 2013
Critic Score
86
3 reviews

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

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

October 21, 2013
Critic Score
85
12 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.

22. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

19. The Dodos - Carrier

August 27, 2013
Critic Score
74
20 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. 

18. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
82
36 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.

17. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 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.

16. Deerhunter - Monomania

May 7, 2013
Critic Score
79
32 reviews

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

13. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
34 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. 

12. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
82
31 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.

11. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
39 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.

10. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
84
11 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

8. Laura Stevenson - Wheel

April 23, 2013
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

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

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

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

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

4. Kayo Dot - Hubardo

Kayo Dot - Hubardo
September 1, 2013
Critic Score
70
1 review

3. Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
18 reviews

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

1. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 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. 

Original Source: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2013/12/15/staff%E2%80%99s-top-50-albums-of-2013-50-%E2%80%93-31/
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