Top 101 Albums/EP of 2023 by DoubleZ

Hi all, this year I proceed differently on my Top albums with an update in real time

2023/12/13 : Second-to-last update (almost official ranking, except for a few details)
Honorable Mentions : Me Oh Myriorama / Lonnie Halley / Mon Laferte / Lana Del Rey / Sparklehorse / Thomas Azier / Club Casualties / Circuit Circuit / Indigo De Sousa / Portrait of Tracy / Zack Rosen / Bobbing / Jeromes Dream / Daniel Caesar / Tinashe / MsPaint / Slayyyter / Jamila Wood / Laurel Halo / Corinne Bailey / Dying Fetus / Roisin Murphy / Désire Marea / The Murder Capital

Feel free to recommend projects, or/and debate/discuss some choices

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yeule - softscars
1.
91
(Shoegaze / Indie Rock / Noise Pop)

« While Yeule began their transition to Indie on previous album, "Softcars" is more than an achievement, it's a way of proving that the artist wants to go down in history »

Key Songs : dazies / sulky baby / ghosts / softcars / xmx

Other Ratings//
- Serotonin II (2019) 85
- Glitch Princess (2022) 85
JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown - SCARING THE HOES
2.
91
(Hardcore Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop / Glitch Hop / Jazz Rap)

« Living up to expectations, for two legendary "underground" rappers who will unfortunately never be recognized by a large audience at their true value. No matter, this album offers new facets of the duo that complement each other to go higher. Danny Brown needed a new lease on life to confidently prepare his next project and JPEG managed to contain his unpredictability enough to work on a content that would never be erased, which has always prevented him from making the perfect album in my opinion »

Key songs : Burfict / Scaring The Hoes / Kingdom Hearts Key / Steppa Pig

Other ratings:
Danny Brown >>
- Atrocity (2016) 94
- Xxx (2011) 92
- Quaranta (2023) 82
- Uknow (2019) 81
-Old (2013) 75
- Hybrid (2010) 71

JPEG >>
- All My Heroes (2019) 89
- Veteran (2018) 88
- Devon (2013) 85
- Offline (2021) 85
- Black Ben Carson (2016) 76
- EP1 (2020) 74
- EP2 (2020) 66
파란노을 [Parannoul] - After the Magic
3.
90
(Shoegaze / Indie Rock / Emo / Art Rock)

« The fairytale and hypnotic world painted by one of the underground revelations is worthy of the enchantment that we find in fantasy stories, filled with love and warmth. All the good ideas that we have discovered for some time have really materialized here on "After The Magic", as a kind of achievement for Parannoul. The South Korean artist confirms his hype, opting for efficiency and sonic variety, leaving (almost) any frills aside. It is a real demonstration from the beginning to the end even if the second half of the album remains less brilliant. »

Key songs : Insomnia / We Shine At Night / Arrival / Parade

Other Ratings :
- To See The Next Part (2021) 90
- Downfall Of The Neon (2021) 83
- White Ceiling EP (2022) 81
- Paraglow (2022) 79
- Let’s Walk On (2020) 68

Guide Parannoul’s best songs:
Beautiful World / White Ceiling + alternative version / Insomnia / Into The Endless Night / We Shine Of Night / Wheel / Excuse / Love Migraine / Arrival / Age Of Fluctuation / Parade / Growning Pain / Polaris / Youth Rebellion / After The Magic / Soft Bruise
Sprain - The Lamb as Effigy
4.
89
(Post-Rock / Noise Rock / Experimental Rock)

« A work of chaos as explosive as it is pungent, it resonates as strongly as the announcement of their brutal separation »

Key songs: man proposes.. / Margin for error / reiterations / The commercial nude

Other Ratings//
- Sprain (EP) (2018) 77
- As Lost Through Collision (2020) 69
Sampha - Lahai
5.
89
(Alternative Rnb / Art Pop)

« First and foremost, the "Process" album means a great deal to me, which is why this new and long-awaited second project will have a hard time competing in my mind, even though it is sincerely excellent and perhaps more balanced overall »

Key songs: Spirit 2.0 / Suspended / What If You / Jonathan L

Other Ratings:
- Process (2017) 92
- Dual (EP) (2013) 72
George Clanton - Ooh Rap I Ya
6.
88
(Chillwave / Baggy / Neo-Psychedelia)

« Less perfect than "Slide", but Clanton's artistic direction is to be commended, as if he, as leader, were trying to scrape off as much as his signature could allow »

Key songs: I Been Young / Justify your Life / Everything I Want

Other ratings :
- Slide (2018) 93
- 100% Electronica (2015) 86
- 200% Electronica (2017) 77
- Virtua.Zip (2014) 75
- Heartbeats (2013) 74
- George Clanton & Nick Hexum (2020) 55
Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
7.
88
(Art Pop / Alt-Pop / Electronic)

« Caroline Polachek continues to carve a golden path to the top of Pop, with a logical sequel to "Pang", that is to say a collection of very good and eclectic songs on the same basis as the first album. "Desire, I Want to Turn Into You" is a little better, in its concept, in its choice, in its maturity. Quite simply »

Key songs : Billions / Welcome To My Island / Blood and Butter / I Believe / Butterfly Net

Other rating:
- Pang (2019) 84
8.
88
(Noise Rock / Dance Punk / Post-Industrial / No Wave)

« Model/Actriz breathes new life into "No Wave", reinvigorating Dance Punk in parallel. Probably on the podium of new artist/band discoveries of the year »

Key songs : Amaranth / Mosquito / Crossing Guard / Sun In
Black Country, New Road - Live at Bush Hall
9.
87
(Progressive Pop / Art Rock / Indie Rock / Chamber Pop)

« A superb show that I would have loved to live. It's also always a great pleasure to have 100% new content on top of that. I was wondering about BCNR's ability to bounce back after Isaac's departure, but I am now more than reassured on several aspects. We could have thought that only one lead singer would take over but in reality each of them seems to have the potential to fill the absence of the former leader. On the other hand for the moment none of them seems to reach the level of Isaac, but maybe their experimentation with new material could change the game »

Key songs : Across the Pond Friend / The Boy / Turbines / Up Song

Other ratings :
- Ants From up There (2022) 95
- For The First Time (2021) 87
slowthai - UGLY
10.
87
(Post-Punk / Experimental Hip Hop / Dance-Punk)

« Decidedly it is better to leave the stagnant Hip Hop bases to finally shine at its true value, we already noticed it this year with Lil Yachty, it's Slowthai's turn to offer his monument »

Key songs : Yum / Tourniquet / Ugly / Selfish / Happy

Other ratings :
- Nothing Great (2019) 82
- Tyron (2021) 76
underscores - Wallsocket
11.
87
(Indietronica / Indie Rock / Electropop)

« A unique universe, impressive versatility, remarkable evolution and, above all, solidity »

Key songs : Locals / Uncanny long Arms / Cop and Robbers / Geez Louise

Other Ratings:
- Fishmonger (2021) 78
-Boneyard AKA Fearmonger(EP) (2021) 71
Maruja - Knocknarea
12.
87
(Post-Rock / Art Rock / Art Punk / Post-Punk / Jazz-Rock)

« Drawing their inspiration from GodSpeed, Slint or BCNR, Maruja's music seems to paint the chaos that prepares us while the bright future of the band seems inevitable »

Key songs : All
ANOHNI and the Johnsons - My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
13.
86
(Singer-Songwritter / Slowcore / Pop Soul)

« Anonhi is like a fine wine, but I wonder if this project isn't a swan song? »

Key songs : It’s Must Change / Can’t / Scapegoat / Rest

Other ratings :
- I Am A Bird Now (2005) 91
- Antony and The Johnsons (2000) 78
- Hopelessness (2016) 71
- The Crying (2009) 68
- Swanlights (2010) 52
Slauson Malone 1 - EXCELSIOR
14.
86
(Neo-Psychedelia)

« Slauson Malone is surely the most unpredictable artist of the moment, and his music remains so reserved »

Key songs : Old Joy / Half Life / Voyage

Other Ratings :
- A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018 (2019) 84
-Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak) (2020) 77
Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter - SAVED!
15.
86
(Hymns / Souther Gospel / Tape Music)

« Kristin Hayter has cut ties with Lingua Ignota, seeking light in faith, but her music, as sophisticated as it is avant garde, continues to be particularly tortured »

Key songs : I Will Be With.. / The Poor Wayfaring / I Know His Blood

Other Ratings :
- Sinner Get Ready (2021) 87
- All Bitches Die (2017) 86
- Caligula (2019) 83
- Let The Evil (2017) 74
Squid - O Monolith
16.
86
(Art Punk / Experimental Rock / Dance Punk / Krautrock)

« Everything seems to point to Squid's desire to make its art more complex, and it's a safe bet that the next opus will be the apogee »

Other ratings:
- Bright Green Field (2021) 91
- Town Centre (2019) 79
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here.
17.
86
(Psychedelic Rock / Psychedelic Soul / Psychedelic Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop)

« Almost all the rappers to have confronted a "rock type" project crashed, sometimes very brutally by the way, Lil Yachty is finally maybe the only one to have succeeded in this feat. Moreover it is surely one of the biggest turnaround in the history of contemporary music when we see how much the clownish rapper was very criticized (sometimes rightly). Certainly, Let's Start Here can't be confined to a "Rock" project either, it's a psychedelic work that spreads over a rich and creative palette, letting Yachty's versatility speak for itself, which is no surprise. Everything is perfectly articulated, attractive from start to finish, meticulously thought out. I really appreciate this way of working in fractions or sets. Since "Lil Boat" Yachty was trying by all means to write the second chapter of his story without finding the formula to achieve it, but it is done here, demonstrating to the world his potential and his talent. He seems to escape this bad spiral he created for himself, but as he says through this album, failure is not an end in itself. This album sounds like a lesson. What if Yachty had dictated new rules for the future of Hip Hop? »

Keys songs : The Black Seminol / Ive Officially Lost Vision / Drive My Crazy / Ride

Top albums:
Lil boat - 84
Lil boat 2 - 75
Michigan - 70
Summer songs 2 - 62
Lil boat 3 - 57
Nuthing - 49
Teenage émotions - 39
Kelela - Raven
18.
86
(Alternative Rnb / Electronic / Ambient Pop / Breakbeat)

« Kelela had already made a strong sensation with the release of "Take Me Apart" placing her as one of the new Alternative Rnb and Uk Bass stars, but "Raven" is a consecration of a whole new dimension. On 62 minutes, Kelela plunges us into a futuristic and synthetic adventure, filled with dark and piercing emotions, complex feelings »

Key songs : Contact / Raven / Bruise / Happy Ending

Other ratings :
- Take Me Apart (2017) 85
- Cut 4 Me (2013) 77
- Hallucinogen (2015) 75
Asia Menor - Enola Gay
19.
86
(Noise Rock / Indie Rock / Shoegaze)

« Asia Menor bears no resemblance to the cult Enola Gay, but their debut album is a resounding, straightforward debut »

Key songs : Patio / La Naturaleza / Doce / 1920
Kara Jackson - Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love?
20.
85
(Chamber Folk / Contemporary Folk / Americana)

« A successful concept album, a pronounced singularity, enchanting songs, touching subjects, all this crowned by vivid emotions »

Key songs : Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love? / Dickhead Blues / Rat / No Fun-Party
Geese - 3D Country
21.
85
(Indie Rock / Art Punk / Southern Rock)

« Geese's next step is an excellent way of describing a step up »

Key songs : 3D country / Cowboy nudes / Mysterious Love / 2122

Other rating :
- Projector (2021) 78
Jane Remover - Census Designated
22.
85
(Shoegaze / Post-Rock)

« In 3 projects (not to mention Leroy), Jane Remover has already shown that this artist cannot be confined to a single label. On this new Shoegaze project, the artist pours her heart out, expressing the full extent of her malaise »

Key songs: Census Designated / Lips / Contingency Song / Fling

Other Ratings:
- Frailty (2021) 87
- Teen Week (2021) 73
McKinley Dixon - Beloved! Paradise! Jazz​!​?
23.
85
(Jazz Rap / Conscious Hip Hop / Southern Hip Hop)

« McKinley Dixon has taken these earlier ideas and added diversity and solidity, making the album attractive from start to finish. In my opinion, it still lacks a little madness »

Key songs : Sun I Rise / Live! / Beloved!

Other Rating :
- For My Mama (2021) 83
Jeff Rosenstock - HELLMODE
24.
85
(Pop Punk / Indie Rock / Power Pop)

« Hellmode is surely the most accessible and mainstream album in JR's repertoire, but it never loses its authenticity; on the contrary, it offers us facets and things we've never really heard from him before »

Key songs : Doubt / 3 Summers / Will U Still

Other Ratings :
- Worry (2016) 93
- We cool (2015) 89
- No Dream (2020) 81
- I Look Like Shit (2012) 76
- Post (2018) 68
PinkPantheress - Heaven knows
25.
85
(Alt-Pop / Contemporary R&B / Liquid Drum and Bass / 2-Step)

« Just take the ideas from the mixtape, polish them up and turn them into a full-fledged project »

Key songs : Capable Of Love / Boy’s a Liar / Mosquito / Another Life

Other Rating :
- To Hell With It (2021) 82
Mitski - The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
26.
85
(Indie Folk / Americana / Chamber Pop)

« Further proof that Miski's discography is sensational and varied, while at the same time accentuating her popularity with a very wide audience. To go even further, I'd say this album manages to get the best of the artist in a non-indie rock register »

Key songs : Heaven / My Love Mine / Star / Im Your Man

Other Ratings :
- Bury Me (2014) 92
- Puberty 2 (2016) 88
- Be The Cowboy (2018) 84
- Lush (2012) 79
- Retired From Sad (2013) 72
- Laurel Hell (2021) 69
MIKE - Burning Desire
27.
85
(Abstract Hip Hop / East Coast Hip Hop / Expérimental Hip Hop)
Jessie Ware - That! Feels Good!
28.
85
(Disco / Dance-Pop / Diva-House)

« Some subtleties and novelties come to animate the new album of the queen of the contemporary disco, in the absolute continuity of the last fireworks »

Key songs : Begin Again / Free Yourself / Pearls / Freak Me Now

Other Ratings :
- What's Your Pleasure? (2020) 88
- Devotion (2012) 79
- Tough Love (2014) 62
- Glasshouse (2017) 49
Wednesday - Rat Saw God
29.
85
(Indie Rock / Alt-Country / Noise Rock / Slacker Rock)

« It's night and day if we compare this project to the previous ones, the now band Wednesday went from anecdotal status to indie star, with as fireworks the splendid Bull Believer »

Key songs : Bull Believer / Chosen To Deserve / Bath County / Turkey Vultures

Other ratings :
- Twin Plagues (2021) 74
- I Was Trying (2020) 73
- Mowing The Leaves (2022) 67
bar italia - Tracey Denim
30.
84
(Slacker Rock / Indie Rock / Baggy / Post-Punk / Neo-Psychedelia)

« I needed this type of group »

Key songs : Changer / Punkt / Nurse / Missus Morality

Other Ratings :
- Double Virgo - Eros In (2022) 75
- The Twist (2023) 73
- Quarrel (2020) 71
- Nina - Classics (2021) 67
- Bedhead (2021) 63
Armand Hammer - We Buy Diabetic Test Strips
31.
84
(Experimental Hip Hop / Abstract Hip Hop)

« Personally, I find that their attempts at experimentation add an extra depth to their art, making this project a powerful one »

Key songs : Woke Up / The Gods Must / When It Doesnt / Trauma Mic

Other Ratings:
- Haram (2021) 78
- Race Music (2013) 76
- Shrines (2020) 74
L'Rain - I Killed Your Dog
32.
84
(Neo-Psychedelia / Psychedelic Soul)

« Not only does LRain remain as bewitching as ever, but she has never been so touching »

Key songs : Pet Rock / New Year’s / 5 to 8 hours

Other Ratings :
- Fatigue (2021) 83
- L’Rain (2017) 82
Nourished By Time - Erotic Probiotic 2
33.
84
(Bedroom Pop / Alternatice Rnb / Freestyle)

« Contagious and vibrant! »

Key songs : Daddy / Soap Party / The Fields
Yves Tumor - Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
34.
84
(Neo-Psychedelia / Art Rock / Post-Punk / Dance-Punk)

« YT are still a safe bet, creative, talented, magical, so many adjectives that can describe them. This new project continues to prove the more "pop" ambition of the artist, its content gains in finishing, becomes more accessible. They also embrace this Post-Punk / Dance-Punk wave that shows this beginning of the year 2023, keeping the usual coherence and style. On the other hand the album did not convince me as much as the previous ones, for 2 reasons:
- it lacks great songs as there were always a handful of them. Besides, none of them compete with their top 5.
- In my opinion Tumor embodies the avant garde spirit in a "pop" corp, and I'm rather surprised that they follows a soon to be viral trend rather than taking their listeners by surprise

Key songs : Heaven Surrounds.. / Ebony Eye / Lovely Sewer / God Is a Circle

Other ratings:
- Safe in the Hands of Love (2018) 87
- Heaven To A Tortured Mind (2020) 86
- The Asymptotical World (2021) 75
- Serpent Music (2016) 74
- When Man Fails You (2015) 65

Guide best Yves Tumor’ songs :
Kerosene! / Noid / Limerence / Gospel For A New Century / Lifetime / Jackie / Licking An Orchid / Romanticist-Dream Palette / Recognizing The Enemy / Super Stars / The Feeling When You Walk Away / Secret As Incredibly Important To The Both Of Them / Economy Of Freedom / Medecine Burn / Heaven Surrounds.. / Ebony Eye / Lovely Sewer / God Is a Circle /
Lankum - False Lankum
35.
84
(Avant-Folk / Irish Folk Music)

« It sounds both old and fresh, Transcending journey »

Key song : Go Dig My Grave / Newcastle
Eartheater - Powders
36.
84
(Art Pop / Electronic / Trip Hop)

« A pop turnaround as effective as it is sophisticated, full of conviction, showing a new facet of Eartheater »

Key songs : Crushing / Pure Smile / Sugarcane Switch

Other Ratings :
- Trinity (2019) 85
- Phœnix (2020) 79
- Irisiri (2018) 74
- RIP (2015) 63
- Metalepsis (2015) 57
Candelabro - Ahora o Nunca
37.
84
(Indie Rock / Art Rock / Chamber Pop)
Foo Fighters - But Here We Are
38.
84
(Alternative Rock / Power Pop)
King Krule - Space Heavy
39.
84
(Neo-Psychedelia / Post-Punk / Slowcore)
Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
41.
83
(Indie Folk / Chamber Folk / Singer-Songwritter)
Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan
42.
83
(Americana / Country / Red Dirt / Country Rock)
hemlocke springs - going...going...GONE!
44.
83
(Synthpop / Bedroom Pop / New Wave)
Paramore - This Is Why
45.
83
(Post-Punk Revival / Dance-Punk)

« Since the eponymous album, Paramore never makes the same album sonically. This one explores a post-punk vision to support their overall emotions and political messages. "This Is Why" is certainly not the band's peak project but it is formidable and successful, especially when you follow the successful "After Laughter" »

Key songs : The News / This Is Why / Running Out Time / You First

Other ratings:
- After Laugher (2017) 84
- Brand New Eyes (2009) 80
- Paramore (2013) 76
- Riot! (2007) 69
- All We Know Is Falling (2005) 60
Travis Scott - UTOPIA
46.
83
(Southern Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop / Trap / Cloud Rap)

Key songs: Hyaena / My EYES / Sirens / Lost Forever

Other ratings:
- Rodeo (2015) 93
- Astroworld (2018) 87
- Days Before (2014) 85
- Birds In The Trap (2016) 73
- Jackboys (2019) 72
- Owl Pharaoh (2013) 63
- Huncho Jack (2017) 55
KNOWER - KNOWER FOREVER
47.
83
(Synth Funk / Jazz-Funk)
Susanne Sundfør - blómi
48.
83
(Contemporary Folk / Chamber Folk / Piano Rock / Art Pop)

"A lot of sincerity, thoughts and emotions in an album that finally can be too much to tell. Fortunately the pure talent of Susanne is enough to fill the audience, especially when she manages to weave perfect ditties"

Key songs : Blomi / Runa / Alyosha
Grian Chatten - Chaos For The Fly
49.
83
(Chamber Pop / Indie Folk)
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1mo
Love to see the Parannoul appreciation.
3mo
Can't wait to see what you think of the new Aesop Rock record
4mo
love to see Kara getting the love she so rightfully deserves
7mo
not a fan of trap?
9mo
Finally someone gives respect to UGLY, that shit is amazing. Better than good kid, m.A.A.d. city imo
1y
Thanks for the recommendations!
1y
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the what is your name? record 👀
1y
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on ''Every Dog On Earth'' by We Are Only Human Once
1y
@deividfresh Sorry I don't rate the AOTY albums, but I listened to some of your project out of curiosity and it's a good job
1y
I guess I'll recommend my own album 'The Blissful Sounds of Miracula' by oedipus apartment complex
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