Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2013

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2013

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25. Little Boots - Nocturnes

Little Boots - Nocturnes
May 7, 2013
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

24. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

A few twists and turns shy of perfection, m b v is the innovation and sonic warmth of My Bloody Valentine rekindled and made anew.

23. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

August 5, 2013
Critic Score
70
21 reviews

22. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
78
33 reviews
While the album has its fair share of sweet spots, the handful of capable melodies never quite balances out its bizarre impulses or the utter lack of thematic unity.

21. Lightning Dust - Fantasy

Lightning Dust - Fantasy
June 25, 2013
Critic Score
64
9 reviews

19. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

July 23, 2013
Critic Score
79
36 reviews

Their most scattershot effort yet, Slow Focus is also their best, a commanding compendium of masterfully complex music that's bound only by a common pattern of roving restlessness.

18. Charli XCX - True Romance

April 15, 2013
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

17. Death Grips - Government Plates

November 13, 2013
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

16. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

Almost a decade into their career, the Arctic Monkeys have aged gracefully into their precociously world-weary image with a mature album about immaturity, a carefully written and produced effort about the desultory careen of youth. Wh

15. Local Natives - Hummingbird

January 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Despite its differences with Gorilla Manor, Hummingbird isn't a challenging or experimental album by any means, instead offering a host of moody, chasmal tracks characterized by trickling, chiming melodies and vocalist Kelcey Ayer's resilient falsetto.

14. J. Cole - Born Sinner

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
70
14 reviews

11. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

10. Pet Shop Boys - Electric

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

9. Drake - Nothing Was the Same

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

While Trouble Will Find Me remains well crafted and satisfying, there's something inherently stultifying about it as well.

7. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Shaking the Habitual isn't so much "Shake Your Love" as it is Shakespeare...translated into alien biometric rhythms tapping out iambic pentameter.

6. Typhoon - White Lighter

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

5. Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
29 reviews

4. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

From a production perspective, it's a smash. The beats remain head-spinning. But 'Ye's lyrics feel lazy rather than merely drawled, and he's seeking social-commentary cred that he hasn't earned.

3. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

Taking its production cues largely from Jessie Ware's excellent Devotion, the nihilist pop of Pure Heroine makes a strong case for the less-is-more maxim. What's left is a remarkably unpretentious and almost raw set of vignettes mostly powered by Lorde's modest, affectation-free performances.

2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
77
44 reviews

The band certainly hasn't left rock behind, but they've found a way to push beyond a sense of exhaustion with the resources that the genre has to offer, while at the same time reflecting on the tenuousness of interpersonal connection in an age of hyper-evolving technology.

1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

The songs may be dense and literary, but they're also immediately potent on a purely visceral level, striking a perfect balance that makes for what's perhaps the best album in a year already thick with great material.

Original Source: http://www.slantmagazine.com/features/article/the-25-best-albums-of-2013
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