Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top 100 Albums of 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Music year-end list time.

When I took a peak over some lists from the last couple years, it feels like 2013 was a pretty solid year for interesting music. There were a number of bands who created combinations of sounds like no one else can really lay claim to right now. There were also a number of artists who borrowed from their influences really well and wore them unabashedly on their sleeves to stunning effect. Some of the music I came across was instantly engaging, while other releases were tough listens, with rewarding endings if you were patient enough. Some veterans showed they can still compete with and even outdo the kids, while other seniors fell flat and missed the mark slightly.

As always, I threw the net quite wide in 2013, and got most of my biases and overreactions out of the way along the way. I was able to spend mostly meaningful time with upwards of approximately 250 records this year. Listening to as much new music as possible is quite simply what I like to do more than anything else. Some records were unfortunately brushed over prematurely, and hopefully they will float back into listening circulation in due course. Others just did not work for these ears whatsoever.

So this is where I landed. I reserve the right to shuffle things around, but really if that happens I will be the only one who notices or cares. I wanted to get this up, because I don't have the patience or capacity to bugger around with it anymore. The plan is to follow shortly with more detail, narrative and thoughts on the Top 10.

Artist Album
100 The 1975 The 1975
99 Yuck Glow and Behold
98 St. Lucia When The Night
97 Beastmilk Climax
96 Depeche Mode Delta Machine
95 Sulk Graceless
94 Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse
93 !!! Thr!!!er
92 Wavves Afraid of Heights
91 Xander Harris The New Dark Age of Love
90 Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
89 Visage Hearts & Knives
88 Surfer Blood Pythons
87 Lorde Pure Heroine
86 The Grapes of Wrath High Road
85 Arctic Monkeys AM
84 Hilotrons At Least There's Commotion
83 Johnny Marr The Messenger
82 Kurt Vile Walking on A Pretty Daze
81 John Grant Pale Green Ghosts
80 David Bowie The Next Day
79 White Lies Big Tv
78 The Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley
77 James Blake Overgrown
76 Public Service Broadcasting Inform - Educate - Entertain
75 My Bloody Valentine mbv
74 Minor Alps Get There
73 Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
72 Queens Of The Stone Age Like Clockwork
71 Cults Static
70 Soviet Soviet Fate
69 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of The City
68 Frankie & The Heartstrings The Days Run Away
67 Telekinesis Dormarion
66 Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
65 Washed Out Paracosm
64 These New Puritans Field of Reeds
63 Little Boots Nocturnes
62 London Grammar If You Wait
61 Gauntlet Hair Stills
60 The KVB Immaterial Visions
59 Asif Illyas Synesthesia
58 Miles Kane Don't Forget Who You Are
57 Shad Flying Colours
56 Pet Shop Boys Electric
55 The Black Hollies Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere
54 By Divine Right Organized Accidents
53 The National Trouble Will Find Me
52 Daft Punk Random Access Memories
51 Everything Everything Arc
50 Jamie Lidell Jamie Lidell
49 Jagwar Ma Howlin
48 Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
47 Of Montreal lousy with sylvianbriar
46 Sebadoh Defend Yourself
45 Arcade Fire Reflektor
44 Sigur Ros Kveikur
43 Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe
42 Phoenix Bankrupt!
41 Girls Names The New Life
40 Haim Days Are Gone
39 Woodkid The Golden Age
38 Moderat II
37 KA The Night's Gambit
36 Goldfrapp Tales of Us
35 Midnight Juggernauts Uncanny Valley
34 Factory Floor Factory Floor
33 The Hunt The Hunt Begins
32 Adult. The Way Things Fall
31 Gary Numan Splinter
30 Holograms Forever
29 Classixx Hanging Gardens
28 The Love Language Ruby Red
27 Tricky False Idols
26 Weekend Jinx
25 Superchunk I Hate Music
24 The Knife Shaking The Habitual
23 Suuns Images du Futur
22 Anna Calvi One Breath
21 Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
20 Mind Spiders Inhumanistic
19 Tilbury Northern Comfort
18 Savages Silence Yourself
17 Sebastien Grainger Yours To Discover
16 Junip Junip
15 Frankie Rose Herein Wild
14 Holy Ghost! Dynamics
13 Crocodiles Crimes of Passion
12 OMD English Electric
11 Empire of The Sun Ice on The Dune
10 Dutch Uncles Out of Touch in The Wild
9 Disclosure Settle
8 Primal Scream More Light
7 Foals Holy Fire
6 Polvo Siberia
5 Mikal Cronin MCII
4 Suede Bloodsports
3 Baths Obsidian
2 Local Natives Hummingbird
1 Cut Copy Free Your Mind