The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2013

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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50. 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
871 reviews

Vampire Weekend's latest album is a worth sequel to 2010's Contra, presenting songs that truly stand on the merits of their memorable writing and lush instrumentation.

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49. Comadre - Comadre

Comadre - Comadre
January 8, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
72
2 reviews

48. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
August 24, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
25 reviews
User Score
80
150 reviews

47. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
January 22, 2013
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
80
338 reviews

46. 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
406 reviews

45. Kvelertak - Meir

Kvelertak - Meir
March 25, 2013
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
77
27 reviews

44. 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

43. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us Is the Killer

The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us Is the Killer
May 14, 2013
Mathcore
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
76
25 reviews

42. 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

41. 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

40. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation

The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
April 15, 2013
Drone
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
User Score
80
125 reviews

39. Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth

Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth
February 19, 2013
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
76
87 reviews

38. Cakes da Killa - The Eulogy

Cakes da Killa - The Eulogy
January 29, 2013
Critic Score
76
2 reviews
User Score
76
5 reviews

37. Stone Titan - Scratch 'n Sniff

Stone Titan - Scratch 'n Sniff
June 25, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
1 review

36. Young Fathers - Tape Two

Young Fathers - Tape Two
June 11, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
77
38 reviews

35. Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise
October 15, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

34. Bill Callahan - Dream River

Bill Callahan - Dream River
September 17, 2013
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
80
91 reviews

33. Smith Westerns - Soft Will

Smith Westerns - Soft Will
June 25, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
27 reviews
User Score
77
72 reviews

32. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
User Score
80
725 reviews

31. 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

30. Darkside - Psychic

Darkside - Psychic
October 8, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
83
343 reviews

29. Flatbush Zombies - BetterOffDEAD

Flatbush Zombies - BetterOffDEAD
September 11, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
78
45 reviews

28. Buke and Gase - General Dome

Buke and Gase - General Dome
January 29, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
75
29 reviews

27. Cage the Elephant - Melophobia

Cage the Elephant - Melophobia
October 8, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
12 reviews
User Score
78
86 reviews

26. of Montreal - Lousy With Sylvianbriar

of Montreal - Lousy With Sylvianbriar
October 8, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
21 reviews
User Score
76
62 reviews

25. Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die

Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die
April 16, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
User Score
76
60 reviews

24. Deafheaven - Sunbather

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

23. Daniel Avery - Drone Logic

Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
October 8, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
80
31 reviews

22. 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

21. YC The Cynic - GNK

YC The Cynic - GNK
August 26, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
76
9 reviews

20. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

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

19. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Nanda Collection

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Nanda Collection
June 26, 2013
Electropop
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
User Score
68
19 reviews

18. Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty

Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty
September 3, 2013
Darkwave
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
80
97 reviews

17. Armand Hammer - Race Music

Armand Hammer - Race Music
October 22, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
81
2 reviews

16. Da Mafia 6ix - 6ix Commandments

Da Mafia 6ix - 6ix Commandments
November 12, 2013
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
74
1 review

15. This Routine Is Hell - Howl

This Routine Is Hell - Howl
April 10, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
78
5 reviews

14. 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

13. Savages - Silence Yourself

Savages - Silence Yourself
May 6, 2013
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
298 reviews

12. Gorguts - Colored Sands

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

11. Autechre - Exai

Autechre - Exai
February 7, 2013
Electronic
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
71
32 reviews

10. Grave Babies - Crusher

Grave Babies - Crusher
February 25, 2013
Gothic Rock
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
User Score
75
4 reviews

9. 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

8. Iceage - You're Nothing

Iceage - You're Nothing
February 19, 2013
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
78
158 reviews

7. clipping. - Midcity

clipping. - Midcity
February 5, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
74
37 reviews

6. Mariam the Believer - Blood Donation

Mariam the Believer - Blood Donation
November 4, 2013
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
80
10 reviews

5. Melt-Banana - Fetch

Melt-Banana - Fetch
October 1, 2013
Noise Rock
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
77
36 reviews

4. 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 ...Like Clockwork, Queens of The Stone Age pulls together their dreariest album yet, but don't forget to deliver plenty of badass alt rock numbers in the process.

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3. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory and Injury

Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory and Injury
April 30, 2013
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
84
18 reviews

2. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

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

1. Tim Hecker - Virgins

Tim Hecker - Virgins
October 14, 2013
Drone
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
82
162 reviews
Canadian music producer Tim Hecker returns with a stunning collection of tracks that make for some of the most beautiful music I've heard this year.
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Original Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYEZK6_MlDw

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