The Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2013

The Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2013

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50. Toy - Join the Dots

December 10, 2013
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

47. Mazes - Ores & Minerals

Mazes - Ores & Minerals
February 12, 2013
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

44. Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir

Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir
September 17, 2013
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

The darkness has descended on this Brooklyn quintet. It’s intimidating at first, but once your eyes acclimatise, you’ll relish joining them in the shadows.

43. Drenge - Drenge

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

42. Ty Segall - Sleeper

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

The scorching riffology of ‘Twins’ and ‘Slaughterhouse’ is gone. The very retro ‘Sleeper’ is an acoustic affair, characterised by bluesy downers and portentous balladry.

41. Splashh - Comfort

Splashh - Comfort
June 4, 2013
Critic Score
67
9 reviews

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

January 22, 2013
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

It’s a rewarding mixture of romance, wit and fantasy.

39. inc. no world - No World

inc. no world - No World
February 19, 2013
Critic Score
69
17 reviews

37. The Holydrug Couple - Noctuary

The Holydrug Couple - Noctuary
January 22, 2013
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

36. Föllakzoid - II

Föllakzoid - II
January 22, 2013
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

‘II’’s cuts bleed into one another; it’s a five-part exercise in mind control, cerebral expansion and sonic hypnosis.

33. California X - California X

California X - California X
January 15, 2013
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

‘California X’ is reminiscent of J. Mascis and co in full lank-haired fuzz. It might be as modern as loincloth, but ‘California X’ is surely a future classic.

32. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

Though ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ is flawed – there’s no stand-out single, and the low-key ‘Obvious Bicycle’ is far too sombre to justify its billing as the opening track – repeat listens to this third act are rewarded.

31. Swim Deep - Where the Heaven Are We

August 5, 2013
Critic Score
68
13 reviews

Although it doesn’t always hit the mark, Swim Deep’s debut proves more than capable of matching to the dizzying highs they write about.

30. The Men - New Moon

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

29. Palma Violets - 180

February 25, 2013
Critic Score
65
19 reviews

27. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

It’s a rare treat to feel so included by an album, and even more so for an artist to work so hard on achieving that inclusion. This isn’t her masterpiece (that’s to come in the sixth and seventh suites), but it’s only a sliver away.

26. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

25. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
29 reviews

23. Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

By laying out his neuroses unvarnished for the world to see, what Kanye has created is the most honest – and yes, at times dislikable – record of his career.

22. Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind

October 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

‘Beautiful Rewind’ is the sound of an artist looking to cut loose, and its playful spirit proves catching.

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

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

The real magic here is that, despite expanding their sonic remit further than ever, Queens Of The Stone Age are still the same peerless band, indebted only to themselves.

20. James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
82
36 reviews

He’s absorbed new influences into the unique framework he creates around his songs, pulling in aspects of house, gospel and R&B to create something alluringly strange yet pleasingly palpable.

18. Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
29 reviews

It’s not perfect ... but it’s a consistently thrilling debut.

16. Iceage - You're Nothing

February 19, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

15. Smith Westerns - Soft Will

June 25, 2013
Critic Score
72
27 reviews

One chorus may be enough, but ‘Soft Will’ is studded with so much more.

14. Peace - In Love

March 25, 2013
Critic Score
73
12 reviews

12. Foals - Holy Fire

February 11, 2013
Critic Score
76
29 reviews

Bouncy indie pop sits shoulder to shoulder with expansive soundscapes and the crescendo remains king. Still, this time around everything is bigger, bolder and funkier.

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

February 5, 2013
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

Fuzzy, funky, freaky, fragile – there aren’t enough F-words for UMO.

9. Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
73
22 reviews

The passing of time has barely altered core members Hope Sandoval and David Roback’s floaty, melancholic mood.

8. HAIM - Days Are Gone

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
75
33 reviews

The songs are strong enough to keep pulling you in for repeated listens, each hook burying itself deeper and deeper.

7. Darkside - Psychic

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

 ‘Psychic’ is perfectly executed, impenetrable. Merely listening is impossible. It forces itself upon you.

6. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

August 24, 2013
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

If you wanted a masterpiece, this isn’t it – it’s too long and stoned for that. Rather, it’s an invigorating, assertive and magical collection that’s probably cleverer than you are. 

5. Savages - Silence Yourself

May 6, 2013
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

In these times of austerity, Savages’ monochrome angst is 2013’s much-needed reality check.

4. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Despite its length and moments of lyrical self-loathing, ‘Wakin…’ neither bores nor depresses. Vile lets us gaze into his soul so we can wallow in his easy-drifting, unquantifiably miffed genius.

3. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
35 reviews

Where ‘Suck It And See’ was crooned and swoonsome, ‘AM’ takes cooler cues from the band’s lives in California, tinged with the grooves of Dr Dre and West Coast hip-hop.

2. Cass McCombs - Big Wheel and Others

October 15, 2013
Critic Score
70
17 reviews

‘Big Wheel And Others’ is not to be consumed in one go – it’s a really long list of songs perhaps too lavish for that. But what richly rewarding, flourishing, beautiful songs they are.

1. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

August 18, 2012
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

An album of urgent art-punk verve and rattling brevity, its 15 songs pass in 33 raucous and immediately re-listenable minutes.

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