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
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

124.

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

123.

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.

July 29, 2013
Critic Score
72
31 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
September 10, 2013
Critic Score
60
6 reviews

120.

October 22, 2013
Critic Score
73
22 reviews

119.

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

118.

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

117.

January 15, 2013
Critic Score
81
35 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.

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
73
11 reviews

114.

Ex Cops - True Hallucinations
January 22, 2013
Critic Score
73
8 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.

August 19, 2013
Critic Score
85
28 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.

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
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.

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
76
23 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.

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

106.

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

105.

March 19, 2013
Critic Score
75
34 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.

February 25, 2013
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

103.

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
81
39 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.

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

100.

December 10, 2013
Critic Score
68
15 reviews

99.

April 15, 2013
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

98.

November 5, 2013
Critic Score
65
19 reviews

97.

Rose Elinor Dougall - Future Vanishes
November 18, 2013
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

96.

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

95.

October 14, 2013
Critic Score
84
25 reviews

94.

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

93.

July 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

92.

August 6, 2013
Critic Score
76
23 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.

July 23, 2013
Critic Score
79
38 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.

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.

September 10, 2013
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

87.

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
September 16, 2013
Critic Score
71
23 reviews

85.

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.

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
78
29 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.

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
74
17 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.

August 27, 2013
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

A bold album that takes you places

81.

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.

March 5, 2013
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

79.

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.

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
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.

August 20, 2013
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
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