Pretty Much Amazing's 40 Best Albums of 2013

Pretty Much Amazing's 40 Best Albums of 2013

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40.

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
82
38 reviews

Overgrown is not the enigma that was his debut, but rather it is a first-rate album from a musician that isn’t all that interested in being enigmatic.  

39.

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

Behind the darkness, Psychic is a relatively light-hearted exercise: Two exceedingly talented craftsmen going for a joyride in their spaceship and inviting you to tag along in the back seat.

38.

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

R Plus Seven delves into sound with a precision and clarity that pays tribute to the technical genius that birthed the synthesizer.

37.

May 28, 2013
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

Ultimately, your mood as a listener – and perhaps the weather – will dictate how often you’ll return to Obsidian‘s bleak and beautiful world.

36.

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

In ten songs, the spectrum of emotions triggered by love, ranging from infinite highs to crushing lows, is explored with a sense of discretion that is often absent in today’s music.

35.

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
18 reviews

This is an enthralling, stunning, deeply emotive album that perfectly marries understated electronica to sublime vocals and melodies.

34.

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
20 reviews

33.

April 15, 2013
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

Charlotte Aitchinson has an outstanding talent for melody and a durable vocal delivery. For now her ability seems to end there.

31.

February 19, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

These songs are high on energy, heavy on noise, and sloppy on rhythm – together, it’s an exhilarating rush of in-your-face songs.

30.

May 3, 2013
Critic Score
78
36 reviews

Monomania is an example of focus and self-exploration; a treatise to the possibility of uncovering newness and value in what appears to be a bleak, postmodern junkyard where there’s nothing left to change.

29.

October 14, 2013
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

28.

July 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

27.

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

Earl is still negotiating his capricious tendencies with a more consistent, reliable style. Doris displays some of those growing pains, but it also delivers a uniquely impressive collection of vicious beats and lyrics that make Magna Carta…Holy Grail sound like Marky Mark.

26.

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Wwhile the subsequent inconsistency may hold The Worse Things Get back from greatness, it does make it honest, and when it comes to art I’ll take honesty over consistency any day. 

24.

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

23.

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
38 reviews

They’ve evolved certain factors of their sound and ventured into new territory, but AM is not so much a change of direction as it is an affirmation of all the musical elements that made the band exhilarating to begin with – inspired lyrics, screeching riffs and great melodies. 

22.

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

Crutchfield isn’t necessarily aiming to delineate any universal truths about love or loss, but what makes Cerulean Salt so enjoyable and so endlessly relistenable is that some of her snapshots likely resemble ones from your own lost photo albums.

21.

January 22, 2013
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

TORRES is an album that is pulsating with life.  All the emotion that went into its making bursts through in the final product, complete with the exhales and floor creaks that a different artist might have felt the need to omit. 

20.

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

Just as Loveless refined and expanded on the elements of early My Bloody Valentine, mbv draws on the past without forgoing the fierce originality that has defined the band from the outset. 

19.

January 22, 2013
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

With We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, Foxygen is a breath of fresh air, reviving a vintage style of songwriting in a new and creative fashion.

18.

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

Judicious use of the skip button to find the tracks on which Andersson’s transfixing voice is front and center, results in a much more rewarding, immediate experience. The nihilistic messages and political warnings will still be there, and so will your sanity.

17.

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
34 reviews

With Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Vile has added another seemingly effortless 70 minutes’ worth of straightforward, easygoing golden tones to his consistent discography.

16.

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

What makes Old great is its refusal to be one coherent statement. The album is as messy and wild as Danny Brown’s life.

15.

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
75
34 reviews

The 20/20 Experience is confused, sloppy, frustrating, too safe, a let-down. Timberlake’s lyrics are laughable. The album begs to be edited. While these observations hold true – at least part of the time – there remains another, incontrovertible, truth: 20/20 is a total blast.

14.

May 27, 2013
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

Once I Was an Eagle is a singular achievement: a haunting record, peopled with aural ghosts that come gradually crawling from out of the grooves.

13.

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

Janelle Monáe thankfully narrows her sonic scope on The Electric Lady, her equally epic and frequently wonderful second album.

12.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
44 reviews

It took exuberance, painstaking detail, and wide-eyed nostalgia for Daft Punk to create Random Access Memories, their best.

11.

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

Where Unmap is concerned with abstract possibilities, Repave demonstrates Volcano Choir as a fully formed band driven by thrilling experimental vigor but with tighter, more traditionally structured songs.

10.

May 6, 2013
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

Savages’ smart reorganization and shuffling of punk, post-punk, krautrock, and noise music into something brutal, jarringly confrontational, and completely singular is a breath of fresh air and an unignorable statement of power and resistance.

9.

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

It is an album that crosses genres without fuss or fanfare, transitioning seamlessly from pop-rock to wonky synth-funk, and back again.

8.

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

CHVRCHES have constructed a debut record that will not lose its luster with each successive spin, and proven that they have the substance to remain aloft as their cosmic kin come crashing down to Earth.

7.

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

Acid Rap is the summer action blockbuster of mixtapes, where the audience need not dig much deeper than the surface to enjoy the best of what the production has to offer.

6.

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
48 reviews

Stretched across 85+ minutes, its riches can be overwhelming and, given Reflektor’s deceptive complexity, hidden in plain view.  But one thing is clear – the album is a product of sheer musical virtuosity, as each subsequent play makes ever apparent.

5.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
84
44 reviews

A collection of remarkable songs by a group of musicians that compliment one another as well as any group over the last decade.

4.

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
34 reviews

Settle is the aural fruits of Disclosure’s mission to reinvigorate dance and pop by annexing and consolidating their favourite sounds from the sonic side-streets of house music’s sprawling musical past.

3.

February 26, 2013
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

No track has a clear meaning, and Anxiety truly does take on the form of a Rorschach test, becoming whatever the listener views it as.

2.

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
82
41 reviews

At this point, if you’re still hating on this band, you’re either trolling or just not listening. So listen. Don’t wait. 

1.

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
41 reviews

Kanye West doesn’t give the listener a second to realize the album is more a masterly response to a masterpiece than a masterpiece itself. With one sweep of the hand, West brushes away expectations. And then he sticks you squarely across the face. 

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