Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2013

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2013

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25.

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

24.

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
87
40 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.

August 5, 2013
Critic Score
70
23 reviews

22.

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
79
35 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
June 25, 2013
Critic Score
64
9 reviews

19.

July 23, 2013
Critic Score
79
38 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.

April 15, 2013
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

17.

November 13, 2013
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

16.

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
38 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.

January 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
23 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.

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

11.

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

10.

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

9.

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

8.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
84
44 reviews

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

7.

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 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.

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

5.

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
34 reviews

4.

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
41 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.

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 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.

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
48 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.

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
82
41 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.

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