Under the Radar's Top 125 Albums of 2013

Under the Radar's Top 125 Albums of 2013

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125. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - UZU

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - UZU
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

124. Nils Frahm - Spaces

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

123. Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

The piano has displaced Krug's veil of intellect and mystery. What remains is something warm, something sentimental, something beautiful. Spencer Krug has never sounded better. 

122. AlunaGeorge - Body Music

July 29, 2013
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

They ooze a confidence that marries the seductive mews of Aaliyah with something just slightly sinister. It's a combination that could easily sound forced, but Francis has mastered the trick of adding a nuance to her purrs that makes them intoxicating. 

121. The Stepkids - Troubadour

The Stepkids - Troubadour
September 10, 2013
Critic Score
60
6 reviews

120. Poliça - Shulamith

October 22, 2013
Critic Score
73
22 reviews

119. Murray A. Lightburn - MASS:LIGHT

Murray A. Lightburn - MASS:LIGHT
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

118. The Field - Cupid's Head

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

117. Yo La Tengo - Fade

January 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
31 reviews

For a band that has made change their consistent state, Fade is another welcome stop on a career that shows no signs of growing old.

116. Summer Camp - Summer Camp

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

114. Ex Cops - True Hallucinations

Ex Cops - True Hallucinations
January 22, 2013
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

A charmed debut that exhibits just how deep the well of pop music runs when a band has a firm grasp of the fundamentals, which Ex Cops possess in spades.

113. Julia Holter - Loud City Song

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

This is music that takes a while to comprehend, designed for longevity over quick appeal. For those of you wistful for this approach, look no further.

112. Braids - Flourish // Perish

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Peaks and drops alike unveil a rich and full detail that becomes beautifully granular on subsequent listens without being obscure or academic.

110. Scout Niblett - It's Up To Emma

Scout Niblett - It's Up To Emma
May 21, 2013
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

The singer sheds herself of what little accoutrement she's had in the past; these songs are Niblett, her guitar, her drummer, and little else.

109. Low - The Invisible Way

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
76
21 reviews

The Invisible Way may be a distillation of previous outings, but the new production style and emphasis on feminine vocals is a welcome change for a group that experienced some growing pains this decade. 

108. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

106. Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

105. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
73
31 reviews

While it may be a little overlong at nearly an hour and a half, there are influences from 40-odd years of pop music expertly melted together by a master craftsman to create an album of consistently brilliant songs. 

104. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In

February 25, 2013
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

103. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
81
37 reviews

It might not be a major leap forward for Boards of Canada, but when the music continues to be so obviously them, maybe Tomorrow's Harvest doesn't need to be.

101. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

100. Toy - Join the Dots

December 10, 2013
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

96. Cheatahs - Extended Plays

Cheatahs - Extended Plays
February 5, 2013
Critic Score
60
3 reviews

95. Tim Hecker - Virgins

October 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

94. Weekend - Jinx

Weekend - Jinx
July 23, 2013
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

92. Moderat - II

August 6, 2013
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

The introspection allows ideas to flow freely, and moreover the diverse styles of the collaborators this time make cosy bedfellows to create a genuinely beautiful, atmospheric record. 

91. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

July 23, 2013
Critic Score
79
36 reviews

Slow Focus is exactly what you'd expect from a Fuck Buttons effort: it's brusque, overwhelming and complicated. But for a band so intent on pushing boundaries, this is a strange, almost faltering, sidestep.

89. DIANA - Perpetual Surrender

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
70
16 reviews

Featuring eight songs of disco/pop haze laced with longing and Dan Bejar-approved horns (Shabason moonlights as Destroyer's saxophonist), the band's debut album Perpetual Surrender is packed full of earworm elements that, in another era, we all had to use the phrase "guilty pleasures" to describe.

88. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister

Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
September 10, 2013
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

87. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

While the music often shows a strength and hope, The Silver Gymnasium is largely a heartbreaking record. 

86. Sebadoh - Defend Yourself

Sebadoh - Defend Yourself
September 16, 2013
Critic Score
70
22 reviews

85. Crocodiles - Crimes of Passion

Crocodiles - Crimes of Passion
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

Without a doubt, this is their strongest and most cohesive collection of tracks to date.

84. Pet Shop Boys - Electric

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

Tennant and Chris Lowe hit far more often than they miss here; Electric is the most boisterous and lively Pet Shop Boys album since Very.

83. Goldfrapp - Tales of Us

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

They're fragile mists of songs, often hanging together as much by theme and mood as structure. It's a haunting song cycle, one that might not necessarily appeal to their fan base as a whole. But give it another listen; for all its subtlety, this is a role that Goldfrapp was born to play.

82. The Dodos - Carrier

August 27, 2013
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

A bold album that takes you places

81. Volcano Choir - Repave

September 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

With Unmap, Volcano Choir clearly had the raw materials it needed to create something stunning—but those materials were left unarranged, scattered, and disparate. Repave is built from the same basic building blocks, but they've been die-cast into a definite mold—and the results are remarkable. 

80. The Men - New Moon

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

79. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

No matter what happens to Phosphorescent from here on out, Muchacho is an artist setting a new standard.

78. Neon Neon - Praxis Makes Perfect

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
72
15 reviews

The appeal of the album lies in its musicianship and perfect production. Synths and drum machines create a panic-laden sci-fi landscape; meanwhile, acoustic guitars slip deftly in and out of the songs. 

77. Wild Nothing - Empty Estate

Wild Nothing - Empty Estate
May 14, 2013
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

It was only eight months ago that Wild Nothing treated us to a near-perfect album. Now they're just spoiling us. 

76. Ty Segall - Sleeper

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
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