December 9th, 2013


Top 10 Albums of 2013

2013 was a great year for music, making it difficult to narrow down to only 10...

#1 - Yeezus by Kanye West


The "Kid A" of hip hop. Hands down best album of 2013, if not the decade so far.
Best track: I Am A God
Best lyrics: "Hurry up with my damn croissants!"
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#2 - Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

I'm pretty sure every musical idea that's ever been so much as thought up is on this album.
Best track: Doin' It Right
Best lyrics: "If you lose your way tonight, that's how you know the magic's right"
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#3 - Reflektor by Arcade Fire


Arcade Fire's rhythm section gets a much-needed overhaul and Win Butler finally stops singing about kids.
Best track: Afterlife
Best lyrics: "When love is gone, where does it go?"
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#4 - Sunbather by Deafheaven


The only "metal" album I've ever liked. Has just as much in common with Sigur Ros as it does Immortal.
Best track: Dream House
Best lyrics: "I'm dying."
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#5 - Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons

Slow Focus

Super menacing electronic album jam-packed with drones, strings, and darkness.
Best track: Hidden Xs
Best lyrics: (None/No Lyrics)
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#6 - Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails

Hesitiation Marks

The middle lags (containing 3 of the worst NIN songs ever made) but the ending makes up for it - as the last 2 minutes of this album are the best minutes of music created in 2013.
Best track: Copy of A
Best lyrics: "Hey! Everything is not OK!"
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#7 - Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend's most cohesive album yet - puts me in the mood for some serious crabcakes & football.
Best track: Step
Best lyrics: "Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth."
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#8 - Trouble Will Find Me by The National

Trouble Will Find Me

I usually don't listen to douchey jock-rock but this is pretty flawless - one of those albums where you tell your buddy "It's like every song is good, man."
Best track: Don't Swallow The Cap
Best lyrics: "If you want to see me cry, play 'Let it Be' or 'Nevermind'."
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#9 - Comedown Machine by The Strokes

Comedown Machine

Contains a couple duds, but similar to NIN's Hesitation Marks - the last couple tracks really make up for the lag in the middle.
Best track: Welcome to Japan
Best lyrics: "Scuba dancin', touchdown."
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#10 - The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience

Wonderful production and on-point singing by Timberlake. Better and more interesting R&B than Frank Ocean, Miguel, etc etc.
Best track: Pusher Love Girl
Best lyrics: "I'm your number one fiend."
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