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30. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

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Whether unabashed optimist or sterling cynic, everybody can hear a bit of themselves in Pedestrian Verse. It’s a collection of solemn songs, and anybody who’s even vaguely familiar with Frightened Rabbit should have expected that from the minute they learnt of its existence. But this time around, it isn’t such a bad thing to be a downer– the beautiful thing about this record is that despite its dispirited undertones, it certainly has its own way of coping with things– constructive melancholia. Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison is no stranger to woe, but his lyrics have never embraced that as much as they do here. There’s no need for Hutchinson to pretend anymore– he’s too old for that. He can get away with singing “Let’s promise every girl we marry / We’ll always love them when we probably won’t” in opening track “Acts of Man,” because he’s including himself in the very demographic at which he’s scowling. Frightened Rabbit’s music has always been about breaking promises, if not forgetting about them entirely; it just seems that with Pedestrian Verse, the trick is accepting it’ll always be that way. –Jacob Royal

29. The Wonder Years – The Greatest Generation

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My like – but not love – of The Wonder Years had previously confounded me. All of the pieces of the puzzle existed to make for a personal favorite, yet something unidentifiable just didn’t click on a consistent basis. Well, any doubts concerning the Philadelphian sextet are well and truly laid to rest on their 4th LP The Greatest Generation. Improving every aspect of their craft, this hard-working outfit mature to be a force as a rock band, without losing any of their efficacious pop-punk attributes. Containing many lyrical nuggets, Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s poignant & passionate vocals deliver personal themes that many will relate to. Excellently produced by Steve Evetts, The Wonder Years’ songwriting continues to evolve for the better, with more detail & diversity than ever before. Recommended Tracks: I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral, Passing Through a Screen Door, We Could Die Like This & Dismantling Summer. –DaveyBoy

28. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

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If this year’s 20/20 Experience is touted as “music you can see,” then Oneohtrix Point Never’s R Plus Seven must be the polar opposite. With the former, everything is vivid–displayed eviscerated as a feast for the eyes and ears. In typical Oneohtrix fashion, though, everything on R Plus Seven is obfuscated and mystified. One taking everything at face value leads to a conundrum of sorts. The dark ambient tones meld into the hollow synths most peculiarly, like morose replica of the past. But it is the frenetic “Zebra” that cuts through the album, offering up a multi-layered piece that feels surprisingly at home on the record. Quickly, however, it plunges head first into the murkiness from which it was born. And really, we would have it no other way. –Eli Kleman

27. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

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The first line of “KV Crimes”, a song whose title suggests that its creator has a lengthy rap sheet stashed away somewhere, is “I should have known – my heart has overgrown.” But if Philadelphia native Kurt Vile is referencing the manner in which 2011’s Smoke Ring for My Halo unexpectedly received widespread critical acclaim and earned him an expanded fan base, he doesn’t sound too concerned about the burgeoning expectations that tend to come with such success. In fact, Wakin On A Pretty Daze is the kind of record that can only be made by a man at perfect ease with himself, which may be why it’s always such an absolute pleasure to listen to.

Daze owes at least some of its success to the newest member of The Violators, multi-instrumentalist and synthesizer whiz-kid Rob Laakso, whose mastery of sound engineering and sequencing is key to the cohesion of more ephemeral tracks like “Was All Talk” and “Air Bud”. But there’s no denying that the rest of this brand of magnanimous stoner rock is all Vile’s own doing: songs like “Wakin On A Pretty Day” and “Was All Talk” are riotous swirls of sun-baked vibes that go on extended jaunts through the American singer-songwriter’s mind, while others like “Too Hard” and “Goldtone” are submerged in a particular dusky mood, made for crackly old speakers and roaring fireplaces. Keep this up, and the only crime Vile will be guilty of is to make us wait too long for the next record. –Irving Tan

26. Saint Pepsi – Hit Vibes

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Voraciously reading criticism has taught me to look at any piece of art, regardless of medium, in its historical context. So it is with vaporwave, a subgenre that has surreptitiously and very weirdly become some manner of crucial in our present cultural milieu, and into which Ryan DeRobertis a.k.a. Saint Pepsi’s ebullient Hit Vibes kinda-sorta fits. Browse through any review of this stuff and you’ll find what I’m not going to give you here: a definition of the genre, a sweeping overview of its blogosphere debut and subsequent growth, and its Baudrillardian philosophical undercurrents. In other words, its context.

In reading through the Western canon for college, however, I’ve also picked up another way of looking at things: what kind of community does this work create? What kind of context does it imagine for itself? This seems the more interesting question to ask of Hit Vibes, which corrals into its loving embrace Mario Kart 64, the Woody Allen movie Everyone Says I Love You, and a metric ton of obscure disco. On masterstrokes like “Better,” DeRobertis conjures up an environment in which these elements don’t just coexist but go out to party together, drifting like intoxicated ghosts from nightclub to nightclub. Vaporwave historians will pick up this record centuries later and try to discern whether or not this extended party is “ironic”; to my ears, it knowingly observes its own apparent vapidity while still reveling in it, without any ideological contradictions. If the preceding 35 minutes of pure, liberating funk aren’t enough to convince you of his commitment, the man lays bare his modus operandi through an unidentified sample on the warm and alluring one-minute outro: “I’ll be honest with you, I try not to think too much.” –Alex Robertson

25. The Drones – I See Seaweed

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The latest full-length from Australian rock masters The Drones is an album built upon contrasting emotions. I See Seaweed’s eight songs are pensive and ominous, but also brash and raucous. The music drops away to almost nothing one moment and builds up to a monumental climax the next. The Drones have brought these dynamics to life with admirable attention to detail, delivering their most nuanced offering thus far. The outfit still operate within the confines of their singular brand of blues-soaked garage rock, yet their sound shows further expansion. The addition of keyboardist Steve Hesketh lends the record ample weight and depth. Frontman Gareth Liddiard also proves to be in scintillating form. Increasingly committed to avoiding cliches, Liddiard demonstrates his prowess as a commendable storyteller with uniquely fatalistic visions. His lyrics might seethe with uncomfortable observations and helplessness, yet there’s something oddly captivating about these bruised rock suites. Even though they seem bleak and uninviting on the surface, at the end of the day you can’t help paying attention infatuated with their supreme intensity. The emotional resonance I See Seaweed encapsulates is in a class by itself. –Greg Fisher

24. Carcass – Surgical Steel

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It is rather obvious that Surgical Steel is Carcass’ first album in 17 years, not because they sound rusty or have forsaken their roots for something new , but because the sheer amount of riffs unleashed on the band’s comeback LP can have no other plausible explanation. Taking back the songwriting technicality along with the vulgarity and overtly sickening imagery of their first three albums, while still retaining a feeling of the more straightforward melodic death metal of Heatwork or Swansong, Surgical Steel is the perfect bridge between the two, despite the fact that it was released some 22 years after that transition occurred. It’s an interesting mix, because it allows the band to keep their fanbase happy while also having a whole lot of fun with the songwriting. The fact that Carcass are obviously having a blast playing each and every track on Surgical Steel does not make the album a joke, either. The album’s epic closer “Mount of Execution” is the longest Carcass song ever, making for a focused, yet varied piece that proves Carcass are not all about ripping your face off with riff after riff of razor-sharp guitar licks. The band continues to avoid being bound to a single genre, but it has to be said that Surgical Steel has a feeling not of melodic death metal, but of death metal that happens to be very melodic. There is a clear difference between the two, because their focus is not to woo listeners with faux-emotional theatrics or antics, but instead to write an album that is not afraid to be hugely melodic without much sense of emotion or obsession with creating atmosphere. The throaty rasps haven’t changed much – in fact, Carcass really has not changed at all – it’s just that they realized the best way to make a comeback is to make it seem like they never left. –Kyle Ward

23. Future of the Left – How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident

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It took Future of the Left only 5 hours to finance the recording session for their fourth album. How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident is a brilliant showcase of fan-funding done right. Freed from any label interference, the group have come up with their most diverse material that finds tight noise-rock arrangements embellished with new textures. When the album doesn’t sound boisterous as hell, it wallows in darkness, proving that there’s more than one facet to the quartet’s off-kilter songwriting. Frontman Andy Falkous aptly complements the stylistic shifts with a broadened vocal palette while not forgetting to imbue the songs with formidable hooks. But it isn’t just an expansion of the sound that makes this record so alluring. Falkous turns out to be a peerless lyricist once again, and his output is even more unhinged this time around. He takes satirical jabs at the music industry, celebrities, cold marriages, blanket-blaming the male gaze for relationship problems and many other timely topics. The fact that Falkous’ dadaist spin on masculinity is at once genuinely hilarious and utterly relatable makes for the album’s resounding triumph. For those rock fans grown cynical, How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident is a perfect antidote for disillusionment with the current state of rock music. –Greg Fisher

22. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

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Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap just barely made it into my top five for the year, but that’s not the story told by my iTunes playcount, which probably launches it somewhere in my top five ever. An exhaustive chronology would look like that part of the Book of Genesis where it’s just the descendants of Adam and Eve and the absurd ages at which they died for like thirty pages: first I took to Pitchfork and spotted their Best New Music label for “Good Ass Intro,” which I then proceeded to listen to about thirty times in a row, before hungrily downloading the mixtape and moving onto “Pusha Man,” which I listened to about fifty times in a row before going back to “Good Ass Intro” and listening to that, again, ten times in a row, then listening to the “Good Ass Intro”/“Pusha Man” combo about twenty times, and finally moving onto “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” which warranted about fifteen repeated listens.

I am not joking. Chance—who is still only 20, by the way—has clearly grown up listening to great music, rap and otherwise, isolating those “Woah, I need to listen to that again” moments. Acid Rap is a pulpy glass of juice extracted from the fruit of pop music’s labors. It is That Moment, over and over again. During “Paranoia,” the jittery second half of “Pusha Man,” Chance ends the first three lines of his first verse with a tacked-on “watch” (as in: “Move to the neighborhood / I bet they don’t stay for good, watch.”) and within that word espouses wisdom, humor, doubt—it’s positively gripping. Then on the lazy, playful “NaNa,” Chance raps harmoniously along to the Freddie Hubbard-ish bassline of the beat, and it embodies a similar brilliance—that is, until Action Bronson begins his guest verse with the same melodic ploy, only transposed a few pitches higher, and it’s just inexplicably fucking hilarious and weirdly revelatory. I could go on for hours, but at a compulsively listenable 53 minutes, Acid Rap is its own delightful testament. Go forth and be hooked. –Alex Robertson

21. Captain, We’re Sinking – The Future Is Cancelled

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Without fail, it happens every year; a band will take such a huge step up in their craft, that you can’t help but be taken aback. In 2013, the biggest surprise comes in the form of The Future Is Cancelled, the 2nd LP from Pennsylvanian quartet Captain, We’re Sinking. Sure, you could hear the raw potential amongst the rough production of their earlier releases, but the advancements in songwriting here are simply astounding. Needless to say, they aren’t titling their songs “The Neck Romancer” any longer. Best described as punk with flourishes of emo & post-hardcore, the technically accomplished music is not only intense & emotional, but deceptively melodic. This is despite the constant lashings of melancholy contained within the captivating lyrics, that are delivered by the dual vocal attack of Bob Barnett & Leo Vergnetti. Containing no filler, this powerful album not only builds well to individual climaxes, but progresses cohesively as a whole. Recommended Tracks: A Bitter Divorce, Annina We Will Miss You, You Have Flaws, Here’s To Forever & Brother. –DaveyBoy

20. Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Branches

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The family tree at the center of Ben Cooper’s trilogy of acoustic Americana records is a sprawling, gnarled one, tortured by history and bloodlines, pockmarked by regrets and recriminations. Cooper grew up with nine siblings in the deadened, hazy heat of Jacksonville, and after the bloodletting of 2011’s The Roots, it’s a bit of a surprise listening to Cooper still unearthing his past on The Branches, another haunting, frayed image of childhood and family ties, albeit one cast in an almost nostalgic light. It’s not an immediately obvious difference; for all intents and purposes, the music and feel of The Roots and The Branches are nearly indistinguishable from each other on the surface, vibrant yet graying images of rustic living and small town drama, scrapbook photographs and old scars. Yet there’s a redemption here for Cooper, scrabbling against the prison of his memory to get out – “In my dreams I can hear a voice, a call, a withering echo / and it sings, it sings all-knowing words / but ones I can’t understand,” Cooper whispers on “From The Mouth Of An Injured Head,” and in its hurried shuffle and soaring chorus you can hear Cooper’s vulnerability beginning to transform into strength. Cooper’s path forward is still a difficult, twisted one, but The Branches is a monumental step in finishing the entire portrait. –Rudy K.

19. The Dodos – Carrier

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Carrier is the sort of record you fall in love with. You know the type (or at least I hope you do, because these are the best sorts of records): you play it and while you aren’t particularly taken aback at first listen, you concede there are at least a few things in it worth revisiting. So you try again, and yeah, it’s nice, but this time you catch something, a tiny detail or a striking lyric, that you must have missed the first time because you weren’t paying that much attention, and it hits something inside you don’t quite understand. What else does this album so ostensibly simple have going on underneath it? A month later, it’s woven into the fabric of your heart. That striking lyric has come to stand for the meaning of your entire existence. The album expresses the thing that can’t be put into words, the thing that makes you you, better than you ever could.

Or perhaps this is just me? Forgive me. I lost the ability to be critically distant from this album a long time ago. For me, that lyric is the album’s final one. “Why won’t you be where I want you to be?” is how Meric Long wraps up “The Ocean.” This year, I graduated college and moved to New York City, while my girlfriend went to England, along with two of my close friends. Robin also continues to reside there, much to my chagrin. Two other best friends moved to California, another to Australia. So yeah, “Why won’t you be where I want you to be?” has become something of a mantra for me. Carrier has a ton of those. “Death, what could be worse? If I had something to complain about.” “If this love comes unto me, I’m with it.” “You will forget, and I will remember.” I think it’s an album about feeling invisible and anxiety of fading from the consciousness of loved ones. I’ve made it mean that for me. What it actually is, ultimately, is an album of tremendous heart and tremendous longing. Who couldn’t fall in love with that? –Adam Downer

18. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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Well, yeah, the National. These dudes are indisputably Sputnik’s house band, one the site has grown up with and then reflected anxiously on the state of growing up with. Leave the analysis to the seventy-page thread of fragmented lyric quotes – the only debate to be had is which of their unbelievably fucking consistent records is the mostnconsistent. For those who want their wise-cracked aphorisms to have a sharp edge, it’s Alligator; for those who’d rather turn in early, their life revelations softened with lounge piano, it’s Boxer; for the anxious and unceasingly fidgety, it’s likely to be High Violet.

The question, then, isn’t whether Trouble Will Find Me is any better or worse, or has any features peculiar to it – it balances the same pastiches as ever, bundling gorgeous, hushed indie lullabies in with the not-quite-aloof Berninger and his attempt at screaming, screeching rock songs – but for who it’s going to hit. The answer, for once, isn’t in what Berninger says; it’s what his heroes say. Trouble Will Find Me is preoccupied with the rock canon and seeks a great deal of solace in it, calling out to Violent Femmes, sloshing around the place with Nevermind and Let It Be on the stereo, and sobering up to Elliott Smith. It’s a sombre record that spins other ones to feel better, and I like to think that, too, will be its legacy. There’s anxiety in Berninger’s words, uncertainty in the Dessner brothers’ guitar licks (seriously – play “Don’t Swallow The Cap” and “Fireproof” back to back), and an awakened urgency in Bryan Devendorf’s drumming, but there’s also comfort in this record’s ability to pick itself up in the confines of a song. The National abhor clichés, and with age, bullshit has only become more obvious to them – “You said it would be painless / It wasn’t” – but clichés can be what make songs homes. The fucking National, man; they’ll be there. –Robin Smith

17. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

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Surviving where many a buzz band before them had felt their hype punctured by the indifferent needle of Public Expectations, Vampire Weekend persevered not because they were particularly better songwriters than their contemporaries – although you could certainly make that argument – but because they finally turned the spotlight onto the emotional weight always playing second fiddle to their carefully coiffed indie image and Ezra Koenig’s obstinately straight-faced Twitter account. Modern Vampires of the City is the kind of Vampire Weekend record fans have to expect and adore, full of hooks and winking wordplay that feels effortless, but it did something to me that I’ve never had happen to me in the context of a Vampire Weekend album before: it made me feel grief, and hope, and all the crushing uncertainty of life that I was unconsciously devouring in music this year as I reached my mid-20s. Koenig has the ideal voice for this, a sweet, boyish quality to it finally juxtaposed against honest, hesitant lyrics that give weight to the kind of big picture themes that charge things here. There’s love, and loss, and whatever the hell you’re going to do next, and who really wants to think about that anyways because it’s all as existentially shot as the narrator in “Hannah Hunt.” I fell in love with Modern Vampires of the City on the slippery precipice of real, actual, pay-your-own-bills adulthood, and I think, for the first time in my life, in love with the music of Vampire Weekend as well. –Rudy K.

16. Deerhunter – Monomania

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Monomania is a very nostalgic album. At times it references the noise-indulging rawness of Cryptograms and Turn It Up, Faggot, and in others it fast-forwards to the ‘psychedelically-tinged’ garage pop and dream-like atmospheres of their more recent albums. But while this is a ‘return-to-roots’ kind of record, so to speak, it also exhibits the band’s growth as songwriters. There’s a newfound level of finesse and ingenuity in both the way the music is composed and performed. I didn’t give credit to producer Nicolas Vernhes for this in my initial review, but I have to say that he did an excellent job in aiding Deerhunter in establishing a good balance of sonically abrasive tracks and mellower tunes. I honestly love the way the album leaps from different moods and sounds throughout its run. It lets Deerhunter be as creatively eccentric as they desire. “Neon Junkyard” and “Leather Jacket II” were my two favourites from the discordant fog that is the first half of the album. In fact, one of my absolute favourite moments of Monomania was the final half in “Leather Jacket II”, where the waves of sonic distortion start flowing in and the song just drowns you in the cacophonic spectacle of it all. One of the unique qualities of “Leather Jacket II” and the other noise-rock tracks was that despite these songs being assaults on the senses, they all had a rather ironically optimistic attitude to them. They were cheerful and fun, and I was honestly really impressed at how Deerhunter could create avant-garde-noise-pop(ish) tracks and actually make them rather catchy. The mellower portions of the album is is where a lot of the instant hits are, like “The Missing” and “Sleepwalking”. I myself cannot resist Bradford Cox’s brand of pop, and even after months of having listened to the album on several occasions, I still say “Sleepwalking” is not only the best track in Monomania, but one of Deerhunter’s finest tracks ever. It’s got euphonic harmonies, relaxed tempos, and that same hazy texture that made Microcastle such an irresistible album. If it isn’t already obvious, I loved Monomania and I honestly could not have been happier with how it turned out. In the conclusion of my review, I said that the album demands undivided attention and continuous play to truly see the beauty within its surrealism. Even after listening to it for weeks before writing my review, I didn’t really begin to truly appreciate the album until months later. If you missed this one all year long, do yourself a favour and listen to it. It’s thought-provoking and sonically complex, but not necessarily riddled in obscurity. It just takes some getting used to. –Hernan M. Campbell

15. Paysage d’Hiver – Das Tor

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When House Stark first uttered the infamous “Winter is coming,” as their family words, they must have been listening to the work of the undisputed King of Cold, Wintherr. His solo ambient black metal project, Paysage d’Hiver, perfectly embodies the unrelenting harshness, fragile beauty, and seeming desolation that comes with the season, and the long-awaited Das Tor, or “The Gate” is certainly one of his crowning achievements. The sounds of lashing winter winds introduce the album before being joined by crystalline ambient synth, building up to the burst of lo-fi tremolo riffing and blast beats that complete the aural blizzard of “Offenbarung”. Long stretches of repetition entrance to enhance eventual tempo changes and instrumental reprieve as distant, muted screams cry out from the swirling wall of sound. Whether rapid assault or steady, calculated cadence, the guitar passages coupled with the icy keyboards never fail to satisfy and transport the listener to Wintherr’s dimension of frostbitten isolation. While Das Tor doesn’t see much departure from the tried-and-true Paysage d’Hiver formula, it perfectly showcases his mastery of it. –AngelofDeath

14. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)

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My personal album of the year. Call me a fanboy, if you must, but this album really blew me away. The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) pretty much ignores the modern influences of Insurgentes and Grace For Drowning, and presents itself as a bonafide retro-prog album. If you jammed “Raider II” more than any other song in Grace For Drowning and have always had a thing for Porcupine Tree’s acoustic ballads, then you’re in for a treat with this one. With the aid of prog-rock legend Alan Parsons engineering the album’s sound, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) offers a collection of songs that are sonically diverse, but intricately connected by the album’s theme of supernatural fantasy. Songs like “The Holy Drinker” and “Luminol” represent the heavier side of the album, which emphasize on jazz-inspired technical work and a Camel-meets-Yes-meets-King Crimson overall style of sound. The rest of the album, aside from certain moments in “The Watchmaker” and “The Pin Drop”, are melodious ballads that radiate either a fantastical or emotive ambiance. Honestly, there’s nothing that’s really unique about any of the clever schemes found in this album. It’s all directly inspired by the various sounds that were being explored in both the prog-rock and jazz fusion scenes of the ’70s, but nonetheless every composition is beautifully composed and offer an utterly captivating performance. Remember that the point of this album isn’t to revolutionize the progressive rock genre but to celebrate its legacy. This is an album made specifically for prog fans, and doesn’t try to be more than that. If prog-rock is what you’re into, you have to give this a try. –Hernan M. Campbell

13. My Bloody Valentine – m b v

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How do you follow up what is arguably one of the most profoundly influential and beloved albums of, well, ever? For My Bloody Valentine, the answer to that question took almost 22 years. Even through the reunion tours and then the post-reunion tours, their 1991 album Loveless remained the insurmountable elephant in the room. Sure, we had been promised a new My Bloody Valentine album since the mid-’90s, but we all knew that was never going to happen. That was, until it did. The realization that one of the most intangible dreams in the music universe had finally come to fruition, nearly broke the internet – or at the very least it crashed the fuck out of MBV’s website. It was all worth it. After 22 years we finally had tangible proof that the years of rumors and jokes weren’t a lie after all. But how would it live up to the monumental expectations heaped upon it?

The answer is perfectly. m b v takes off right where Loveless left off. m b v is awash in a beautiful and comforting haze. It’s an all encompassing warmth of fuzzy modulated tones, blanketing the senses like a familiar, friendly hand to the small of the back; the faded drums melding with each wafting tremolo arm bend breathing out and sucking back in like a tiny set of lungs keeping time to a beating heart. As each track builds and recedes it pulls you in closer, but the distance is always comfortable. It’s the same feeling of rapture that drives their live show, but instead of that encompassing volume m b v is much more personal. Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher’s airy, subdued vocals float across the noise, adding just enough lucidity to the lovely soundscape to root it to reality, but not enough to detach it completely from its dream like state. It’s an incredible balancing act. m b v is a timeless masterpiece just like its predecessor. Hopefully this time around it doesn’t take another 22 years to hear its follow up, but if it’s this good, the wait will be worth it. –Adam Thomas

12. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

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Janelle Monáe is surely an artist first and foremost; while this shines brilliantly through her concept at large, all of her music videos, and even live performances, the complete package is certainly something greater than the musical substance within. The Electric Lady revamps the ideas of ArchAndroid, taking her prior soul experimentations, updating them, and turning them into more focused, pop-driven affairs. This truly expands the envelope for tracks like the self-titled “Electric Lady” — a head-nodding affair and certifiable banger. “We Were Rock and Roll” lives in this same space, instead pulling from an imaginary place in history where arena rock co-existed with only the greatest of Motown classics. But when combined with Monáe’s socioeconomic musings, her larger-than-life compositions inflate dramatically, emphasizing the simple truth that humanity as a whole not only lives and breathes for this exact moment, but for every moment we’ve experienced and progress we’ve made. This is the true beauty of The Electric Lady; it’s a simple project at face value with an underlying cerebral message of positivity, change, and discovery of the all-encompassing truth — whatever that may be. –Sobhi Youssef

11. Kanye West – Yeezus

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Let it be said: Yeezus is here because we love it. The few still clinging on, palms bloody from the strain, eyes bulging in earnest at every vile punchline, those dazzling non sequiturs, and that incorrigible God complex. We have managed to position Kanye West’s latest right before the coveted top 10, the edge of the Internet’s interest where a dangling fat chunk of album analysis clings to every list; an indulgent offering to a year of music already eviscerated in hushed corners over the dubious task of singling out a set of 50, 30, 12 albums. Yeah, Yeezus sits at number 11. That feels right. Everything that could be said has already been said. And I won’t argue any group of folks looking to grant ten amazing records their due recognition over the loudest din this side of the MTV Music Awards. We can’t waste this space as time’s window of relevancy closes on this year of 2013: Yeezus was large; it was all we could talk about; here it is. And so I dedicate this spot to every album on this list, from The Electric Lady to Old Mornings Dawn. To every voice working within and without Kanye, from his collaborators to his audience. To every artist enraged by his positions and his sound; to those inspired by his zeal. To every person who felt something, because God knows sometimes music criticism doesn’t feel like it, I dedicate this to you. Jesus wept. –Lewis P.

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Willie
12.17.13
Hey! Look, it's part two.

osdm
12.17.13
second

Keyblade
12.17.13
Oneoh + 15 - 13 nooooice

Was hoping mbv would be higher but hey...some really pleasantly surprising picks

MO
12.17.13
14 nice

osdm
12.17.13
good to see carcass and paysage d'hiver

hopefully this means gorguts is in the top 10

Electric City
12.17.13
we're starting to get all verklempt with these blurbs

tempest--
12.17.13
Hell yes, 12

Skoj
12.17.13
Low for The National, stoked to see Frightened Rabbit get some love.

Keyblade
12.17.13
Angel is killin it so far

Gwyn.
12.17.13
Jesus wept

Hep Kat
12.17.13
list is shit lol butts


Hep Kat
12.17.13
but i guess for once the metalheadz cant complain so HALLELUJAH

Gwyn.
12.17.13
holy shit i legitimately posted that comment before reading the yeezus blurb lmao

should've know they wouldn't miss the oportunity for that line tho.

Cool list.

Green Baron
12.17.13
YEEZUS 11?

Irving
12.17.13
I KNOW. YOU'RE TIRED.

OF LOVING. OF LOVING.

Gwyn.
12.17.13
gonna be a lot of ppl who like between the buried and me asking why is yeezus at 11 itt

oltnabrick
12.17.13
list is shit lol butts

hikingmetalpunk
12.17.13
good to see carcass getting its just desserts

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
just wanna say you guys are beautiful and perfect
very odd list so far; I don't remember the last time the staff list felt so unpredictable, but I like it
shout out to Robin for that National piece and A-Thom for his mbv one and that Yeezus writeup is splendid

AngelofDeath
12.17.13
Lewis' Yeezus bit is the greatest.

gosk8n
12.17.13
So, new Beyonce is 1?

Emyay
12.17.13
gorguts, BoC, JT in the top 5

apert
12.17.13
Top 5 will have QOTSA, Gorguts, Deafheaven, JT and maybe Dillinger


Gwyn.
12.17.13
Sunbather, TH, Colored Sands, 20/20 Exp, Wheel, Virgins, One of us is the Killer, ...Like Clockwork, and I'm gonna throw a wild guess and say Shaking The Habitual and New Sigur Ros, or maybe new Ghostface


I dunno about the order though

Buzzkillr
12.17.13
full on p4k-core

Judio!
12.17.13
Lovely looking list. Can't wait to see 10-1!

theacademy
12.17.13
sweet this means the top 10 is probably laura stevenson, neko case, coheed, DEP, kacey musgraves, chelsea wolfe, shai hulud, a wilhelm scream, tegan and sara, and anamanaguchi


great list staffers

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
gonna make a bingo card for the comment section of the top 10
the spaces are as follows:
*list is shit lol butts
*full on p4k core
*such hipster
*I haven't heard any of these where is fall out boy
*well at least the design is pretty
*why is there never any metal in these lists??
*what kind of maniac eats Subway for breakfast?
*wait, I voted for A Lot Like Birds? why is it not on here?
*a reference to The Mars Volta being the Simon & Garfunkel of our generation
*users who haven't posted in years stopping by to say how awesome the list is
*users who haven't posted in years stopping by to say how horrible the list is
*Jom being snarky
*Hep Kat being the worst
*why is there never any metal in these lists?? (from the same user as before)

who's in?

mynameischan
12.17.13
guys lol dep

Hep Kat
12.17.13
why do you guys enable this behavior????

mynameischan
12.17.13
guys don't you know that subway serves breakfast now

bacon egg and cheese on flatbread

theacademy
12.17.13
ugh just saw how low u guys actually put laura stevenson fucking die all of u

KILL
12.17.13
gorguts num 1 sweet

Omaha
12.17.13
too 5 is actually just Ire Works, repeated five times

we just gotta break the rules every now and then

Omaha
12.17.13
top* (hehe)

Athom
12.17.13
List is anuses

RadicalEd
12.17.13
20/20 experience PT. 1 is top 10 confirmed. Ugh....
No BSBD is a bit disappointing but I was pretty sure that this album wasn't on the staff radar.
Also yeezus on 11 is ridiculous.

Keyblade
12.17.13
"ugh just saw how low u guys actually put laura stevenson fucking die all of u"

:(

RadicalEd
12.17.13
Also I'm happy that 30, 20, 18, 17, 13 made the list.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
redsky4milez how much of this debacle are you personally responsible for?

(i posed the same question to chan)

SputnikSweetheart
12.17.13
Few surprises, but I was mostly right in my earlier guess. Great list so far.
I side with Gwyn,but I'm going to guess the order.
10-6: One of us is the killer, Like clockwork, Kveikur, Virgins, and Tomorrow's Harvest
5-1 Colored Sand, Sunbather, 20/20, Wheel, and neko case.
Sunbather is #2, I'm sure.

MisterTornado
12.17.13
Saint Pepsi lol.

AliW1993
12.17.13
Yessssss Frightened Rabbit. Blurb's spot on Jacob.

Liking the list so far.

adr
12.17.13
srsly i know like 2 or 3 from this, must check these mothefucking albums

Athom
12.17.13
@hep not much of this part haha

adr
12.17.13
fucking Yeezus, how the fuck this album can be 11? ugh

Hep Kat
12.17.13
good

Keyblade
12.17.13
If BoC AND Laura are on the next part oh man

Athom
12.17.13
@hep my list I made on the site is the same as the one I submitted except that unpronounceable polish record I swapped for the new Iron Lung in the final vote

Hep Kat
12.17.13
dam only seen 1 staff/emeritus list w/ night birds

fuckin breaks my ♥

Gwyn.
12.17.13
"fucking Yeezus, how the fuck this album can be 11? ugh"

4.5 superb
Between The Buried And Me The Silent Circus
Between The Buried And Me Colors
Between The Buried And Me Alaska

yup called it

Athom
12.17.13
That's because John didn't vote at all

Gwyn.
12.17.13
"10-6: One of us is the killer, Like clockwork, Kveikur, Virgins, and Tomorrow's Harvest
5-1 Colored Sand, Sunbather, 20/20, Wheel, and neko case.
Sunbather is #2, I'm sure. "

this looks about right

clercqie
12.17.13
Fantastic write-up for Kurt Vile.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
there needs to be some punk staff members added this year

Athom
12.17.13
What if I were to tell you that the guess for your top 10 is sooooooooo fucking off that it has me cracking up at work?

Irving
12.17.13
I cannot pick my favourite out of all the blurbs on here, but that 20-18 stretch sure is killer.

Irving
12.17.13
What if I were to tell you that the guess for your top 10 is sooooooooo fucking off that it has me cracking up at work? [2]

And thanks clercqie! :D

diogoserafim
12.17.13
Good list, some surprises actually.
The Top 10 will prob be JT, Deafheaven, Gorguts, Dillinger, QOTSA, BoC, Tim Hecker, Kveikur, Laura Stevenson and something else.

Keyblade
12.17.13
"there needs to be some punk staff members added this year"

Baby steps dude. The metal dudes came through this time tho

Gwyn.
12.17.13
"What if I were to tell you that the guess for your top 10 is sooooooooo fucking off that it has me cracking up at work?"

I would think that's good because it's shitty as fuck only like 3 or 4 good albums

But I didn't enter the game I'm just posting comments guessing, so I probably wouldn't care much

RadicalEd
12.17.13
I think I'll die a little insdie if Bonobo is not on the list at all.

Keyblade
12.17.13
" JT, Deafheaven, Gorguts, Dillinger, QOTSA, BoC, Tim Hecker, Kveikur, Laura Stevenson "

That would prolly be the best top 10 I've seen on this site

clercqie
12.17.13
If Spiral Power is on the top 10, that'd be so rad.

adr
12.17.13
New Shai hulud must be in top10.

osmark86
12.17.13
might be a pretty sweet top 10. glad 12 is where it's at. great album.

fish.
12.17.13
Really doubt tdep will be top 10

Electric City
12.17.13
theres one very obvious album that no ones guessing like ???

PitchforkArms
12.17.13
This better fucking mean that Kafka is top 10

fish.
12.17.13
Doubt qotsa too

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
julianna barwick top 3 at least

Gwyn.
12.17.13
Oh yea completely forgot about this one


HUBARDO

plane
12.17.13
Olympus Fact #2: The point system can be damning. The Electric Lady walked away with the most votes of any album on the list, but low placements and tighter cliques kept her from the top 10. Thanks for reading!

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
my 1 and 5 guesses are already out; m b v and chance : (
but
4. friendzone - dx
3. deafheaven - sunbather
2. julia holter - loud city song
!!!

WeepingBanana
12.17.13
holdin out for merchandise to be #1

plane
12.17.13
TIL TDEP released an album this yeat

hikingmetalpunk
12.17.13
Looks like #1 will either go to autopsy, immolation or deicide.

Rev
12.17.13
"If Spiral Power is on the top 10, that'd be so rad."

lol

Keyblade
12.17.13
Don't think either Julie would make it Sea haha

SirDrumsalot
12.17.13
Not sure how whining like a 7 year old gets you to #22?

Dont know a lot from this whole list so far. Might have to do a lot of checking out.

dimsim3478
12.17.13
Yo WONDER YEARS MADE 29 WHO ELSE IS SEEING THIS

I'm pretty happy with this part of the list except for Yeezus. Staff praise and yada yada yada for nice soundoffs.

fish.
12.17.13
Would honestly not surprise me if JT is 1

chtrenne
12.17.13
Would like to see Chelsea Wolfe and MIA in the top 10...

plane
12.17.13
SirDrums: "whining"? You aren't listening right

Irving
12.17.13
Word on the demotions handed out to The Electric Lady. I actually fancied her chances of making the top ten. Such a good album. Has to be said that Suite V kinda drops like a stone (esp towards the end) after the many, many highs of Suite IV though haha.

Irving
12.17.13
Olympus Fact #2.1: Steven Wilson received only a few votes, but all were firsts (as evidenced in part by Hernan's post, lol), and the result is what you see here.

Electric City
12.17.13
yeah i agree irv, it falls off somewhere and doesn't pick up till what an experience

Kris.
12.17.13
wow, wonder years actually made it on. color me surprised

plane
12.17.13
Irving step off I am doling out the facts here

Irving
12.17.13
I thought "Can't Live Without Your Love" and "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" were pretty good too Adam, but yes, neither holds a candle to what transpires on Suite IV. That opening sequence of Givin-QUEEN-Electric = OMG; hold me now.

Irving
12.17.13
Oh shit sorry Lewis I promise not to peddle my wares on your turf again please don't shoot me.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
frickin get a room

Hep Kat
12.17.13
also since so many staff will be looking at this feature plz:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=170418&listid=135720

greg84
12.17.13
The Electric Lady - too low? Yeah. I agree. Suite V is quite amazing too.

Artuma
12.17.13
hubardo or sunbather will be #1, that's for sure. list looks pretty ace so far

DrHouseSchuldiner
12.17.13
Cool list

Kris.
12.17.13
laura Stevenson in the top 10 yeee

KeepTheChange
12.17.13
Why the hell is yeezus so high?

Hep Kat
12.17.13
yes why the hell

Hep Kat
12.17.13
guess that means the new NIN is in the top 1

KeepTheChange
12.17.13
Hope so. Hesitation Marks was sweet

Hep Kat
12.17.13
yea 2 dope

klap
12.17.13
cool list although the vampire weekend art looks odd in this context

Emyay
12.17.13
lol at people being surprised at yeezus being high. i don't think its album of the year at all, but i'm not surprised at its spot on the list. have you even seen any other year end lists? lots of sites had yeezus as 1

Cygnatti
12.17.13
Fitting that electric lady and yeezus are right next to each other.

greg84
12.17.13
Yeezus is the most overrated album I've heard in a long time. Sorry the staffers who voted for it.

plane
12.17.13
No pity necessary. We're doing okay.

Omaha
12.17.13
once again, I'm here wondering what it means that an album is "overrated"

besides the fact that you personally didn't care for said album

and thanks Ali, a special album for sure.

greg84
12.17.13
I'm basically tired of seeing it on all these lists. I'm like lol. This must be a joke.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
yeezus is gay ye

Hep Kat
12.17.13
late registration = best yeezy


SORRY LIBERI

Cygnatti
12.17.13
Yeezus is in like top 100 of dis year. Gud shtuff

Azn.
12.17.13
so happy that saint pepsi, chance, and vampire weekend made the list :D

dat yeezus tho...

Cygnatti
12.17.13
Is like a rly gud album, agreed.

Azn.
12.17.13
wait, I voted for A Lot Like Birds? why is it not on here?

robertsona
12.17.13
"What if I were to tell you that the guess for your top 10 is sooooooooo fucking off that it has me cracking up at work?"

bwahaha, same

FromDaHood
12.17.13
Guesses remaining:

10. 20/20 Experience
5. Overgrown
4. Jenny Hval
3. Sunbather
1. Hubardo

RIP St. Pepsi

Trebor.
12.17.13
Captain We're Sinking yes

Gwyn.
12.17.13
"wait, I voted for A Lot Like Birds? why is it not on here?"

Probably #1 in the worst list of the year (ie users list)

Emyay
12.17.13
does greg even like hip hop?

andrianoc
12.17.13
Have mercy and Brave Bird mother fuckers

Azn.
12.17.13
"Probably #1 in the worst list of the year (ie users list)"

plenty of people either seem to think it's the best, or think it's the worst

robertsona
12.17.13
rudy i wish i could get into Modern Vampires, really i do, but that writeup is lovely :3

Irving
12.17.13
"wait, I voted for A Lot Like Birds? why is it not on here?"

HAHAHAHHAHA

Azn.
12.17.13
also that was a joke directed at the bingo comment

LocustGrove
12.17.13
There's like 4 maybe 5 good albums in this entire list

iswimfast
12.17.13
pleasantly surprised that yeezus actually isn't in the top 10.

Gwyn.
12.17.13
yea srry theres aint enogh karnivool in it 4 u mang

Omaha
12.17.13
we should make a LocustGrove's Best of 2013 list and publish it here, that one will be revolutionary for us

Underflow
12.17.13
Great list.

Arnaud
12.17.13
Wheel for #1

InfamousGrouse
12.17.13
is pianotuna staff again or what

LocustGrove
12.17.13
"we should make a LocustGrove's Best of 2013 list and publish it here, that one will be revolutionary for us"

With all due respect, I dare you to do said list. You're weak if you dont...

Kris.
12.17.13
no pls don't just look at his 5s, that list would be terrible!!

ConorIsNotHere
12.17.13
I would love to see Pelagial in the Top 10. Such a lovely album.

Trebor.
12.17.13
"is pianotuna staff again or what"

No but they let emeritus be a part of the list

klap
12.17.13
thanks alex bebe

Athom
12.17.13
I know I'm not supposed to blow what any of the unreleased rankings are, but I'm just too excited that my Nothing Was The Same blurb is going up tomorrow. I think it might be the best thing I've contributed to this site.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
dam u trollin

Hep Kat
12.17.13
just put nwts on

fate???????

Athom
12.17.13
I ain't trolling shit. you know Lewis, Robin and Conrad love the fuck out of that album, and half of the rest of the staff at least views it favorably. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see its chances were good from the get go.

Relinquished
12.17.13
started from the bottom now top 10

Athom
12.17.13
thanks for the vote of confidence, bro.

robertsona
12.17.13
ariana grande is in the top 10

ShitsofRain
12.17.13
If Spiral Power is on the top 10, that'd be so rad.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
fear not adam thomas, if you say it is your greatest sputnik achievement to date, then there is not the slightest inkling of doubt in my heart that it will be

greg84
12.17.13
'does greg even like hip hop?'

Yes. My top 3 hip-hop LPs of 2013: M.I.A., Danny Brown, Run The Jewels

Buzzkillr
12.17.13
nwts was good but better than rtj or old? no way in hell

Hep Kat
12.17.13
ooooo sorry greg, posting 3 sputard rap albums does not a rap fan make you

go listen to some flocka dude~

FromDaHood
12.17.13
lol athom wrote the featured Take Care review why wouldn't he do the NWTS blurb?

Athom
12.17.13
Pssshh, if we really gave a shit which hip-hop record was "contextually" best we'd all be talking about that Freddie Gibbs/Madlib tape.

greg84
12.17.13
Haha. I know. I was being a bit sarcastic, but I like some rap from time to time... and I actually dig those LPs, especially M.I.A. I've always been a fan of hers. Killer Mike made my top 10 last year, if that counts.

Buzzkillr
12.17.13
Deeper? there were only 2 full songs on it lol. Cocaine Piñata is coming out in February.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
this greg guy

i hate his taste in music

but i like em. nice dude. backtard.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
cocaine pinanta > madvillain

Hep Kat
12.17.13
y

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
still waiting for the day when someone is able to properly explain their animosity towards yeezus

(you stay outta this hep kitty!)

Relinquished
12.17.13
it's catching on

plane
12.17.13
Adam is kidding. I wrote the NWTS blurb.

Buzzkillr
12.17.13
"cocaine pinanta > madvillain"

I'd agree but christ, those features are horrendous. probably gonna keep it from being a god-tier album.

Athom
12.17.13
It's because Kanye is a strong minded black man and all these republicans want him to shut up and answer to Toby.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
repuplikons

Wadlez
12.17.13
Newest Kanye, national, and deer hunter were all very disappointing.

AngelofDeath
12.17.13
All these great albums, but all anyone can do is talk about Yeezus.

Kanye 1, Haters 0

(Yeezus fucking rules, by the way)

johnnyblaze
12.17.13
the blurb for Carrier is great. ablum is underrated. good job on the list dudes.

XingKing
12.17.13
Never heard of Janelle Monae outside of seeing the album artwork for ArchAndroid. Checking out Electric Lady now cause the album title is fucking cool and the artwork has an oldschool vibe. I am definitely liking what I hear

Electric City
12.17.13
nay, I wrote the NWTS blurb

I'm Spartacus

Athom
12.17.13
I never thought I'd see the day where I became the next Dalton Trumbo but god dammit! THANKS ADAM/LEWIS

mankycaaant
12.17.13
Maann, I'm a little disappointed. This is a good list, it takes into account a far wider spectrum of music than any other sites 'end of year lists' but the ordering is confused me, and the inevitability of the over hyped records such as Sunbather and Wheel ending up in the top 10, possibly 1 & 2, disappoints me.
I couldn't connect with either on a personal level.
I wanted to see The Greatest Generation and Acid Rap higher, they're my personal No's 1 & 2.

Out of what's left, I'm predicting, in no particular order

Deafhaven - Sunbather
Laura Stevenson - Wheel
The World is a Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, If Ever
Drake - Nothing Was the Same (probably won't appear, but deserves to)
Letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Part I
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of us is the Killer

& probably a surprise obscure entry, there's been a few already.

Kris.
12.17.13
" Letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful"

hahahahahahahahahaha lolol omg no

Wadlez
12.17.13
I hope Wheel isn't on the list at all.

Electric City
12.17.13
sorry mankycaaant we will tailor our list for your personal connection next year, promise

Relinquished
12.17.13
it will be

Athom
12.17.13
I don't think there's a single person on staff who liked The Blackest Beautiful and if there is I openly petition for them to be fired.

greg84
12.17.13
chan?

Kris.
12.17.13
i bet it's kerrang's favorite tho!!

Trebor.
12.17.13
"I don't think there's a single person on staff who liked The Blackest Beautiful and if there is I openly petition for them to be fired."

Chan reviewed it as a 4 if I remember correctly

Athom
12.17.13
He's served his purpose. Boot him. Sorry bro, but you gotsta go.

Hep Kat
12.17.13
chans just hansons less cool alter-ego, he dont count

Kris.
12.17.13
all the other staff ratings of it are 2.5> cept mootsykins and i have no clue who that is so

Athom
12.17.13
it's only a staff tag if it's red, kris....

FromDaHood
12.17.13
Why does everyone think the DEP record has a chance at making it? Consensus on it was 'yeah, this is another DEP album, didn't blow me away or anything'

Kris.
12.17.13
lol ya just noticed the color doesnt show if the word is highlighted and i just did ctrl+f "staff" so my bad

plane
12.17.13
You guys I'm telling you, before today I did not know The Dillinger Escape Plan released an album in 2013. Consider your top 10 predictions accordingly.

fish.
12.17.13
"Deafhaven - Sunbather
Laura Stevenson - Wheel
The World is a Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid to Die - Whenever, If Ever
Drake - Nothing Was the Same (probably won't appear, but deserves to)
Letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
Justin Timberlake - 20/20 Experience Part I
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of us is the Killer"

lol @ half of this

Trebor.
12.17.13
World is couldn't even make the fuckin contrib list

klap
12.17.13
still waiting for the day when someone is able to properly explain their animosity towards yeezus

wat

jmh886
12.17.13
Kanye at 11 is fucking absurd.

Wadlez
12.17.13
Deerhunter here at all is absurd.

Kris.
12.17.13
you guys don't seem to realize that no one at all cares about your opinions and this list is in no way supposed to reflect your opinions!

StallionMang
12.17.13
28 nice

KeepTheChange
12.17.13
So I guess Counterparts will be in the top ten

Trebor.
12.17.13
dream on

KeepTheChange
12.17.13
It sucks that I haven't seen them on this list as yet

Trebor.
12.17.13
you can seem them on my top 100

elephantREVOLUTION
12.17.13
i didn't even know any staffers liked acid rap

hikingmetalpunk
12.17.13
good year for death metal any good doom this year?

Hep Kat
12.17.13
this was my fave doom of 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-5RdDRZOoQ

SharkTooth
12.17.13
This is lacking Like Clockwork, hope to see it in the top 10

Emyay
12.17.13
windhand is good doom

Emyay
12.17.13
really don't think like clockwork is top 10 material

SharkTooth
12.17.13
It deserves to be on this list however, and if Yeezus can make number 11, why not?

Emyay
12.17.13
List needs some Haim

Cygnatti
12.17.13
"I don't think there's a single person on staff who liked The Blackest Beautiful and if there is I openly petition for them to be fired."

make this happen pls

SharkTooth
12.17.13
Plz B trolan

SharkTooth
12.17.13
Bangerz is no match of
#Willpower and
Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines album; #athing

fish.
12.17.13
"It deserves to be on this list however, and if Yeezus can make number 11, why not?"

cos the staff generally preferred yeezus

climactic
12.17.13
top 10:

Gorguts
Deafheaven
James Blake
JT
Sigur Ros
Laura Stevenson
Kayo Dot
Boards of Canada
QotSA
Tim Hecker

you heard it here folks



SharkTooth
12.17.13
Uhh, the top 10 list hasn't come out yet. And unless you have gotten beforehand knowledge of the upcoming part 3, that doesn't answer my question directly, no offense

demigod!
12.17.13
I wa nna play bingo

MosesMalone
12.17.13
Nobody thinks O'Brother's gonna crack the top ten? I'd be sad if they weren't on it at all.

Chortles
12.17.13
wooo mbv

MosesMalone
12.17.13
That means it's Tliltic Tlapayaouak! I fucking knew it!

Kris.
12.17.13
who

#1 will be deafheave, how can it not be

theacademy
12.17.13
i dont think it will be!

robertsona
12.17.13
shut up it's ariana grande

Kris.
12.17.13
guys it will be letlive.or deafheaven

laughingman22
12.17.13
I know there is no chance of it happening, but if Gris or Chelsea Wolfe makes the top ten I would be the happiest little girl in all the land

SnakeDelilah
12.17.13
well at least this is better than absolute punk's ranking, who put paramore's s/t, save rock and roll, and damage above the future is cancelled.

robertsona
12.17.13
why aren't more people happy about das tor in the top 15? das tor!!

laughingman22
12.17.13
I'm happy about das tor being in the t0p 15

Cygnatti
12.17.13
"well at least this is better than absolute punk's ranking, who put paramore's s/t, save rock and roll, and damage above the future is cancelled."

where is dis list?

ShitsofRain
12.17.13
das tor!!

robertsona
12.17.13
i had it at #15 too i'm so hood rich

LilLioness
12.17.13
I was about to ask why the fuck Yeezus even ranked, but then I noticed you all placed Wilson higher than The National and I shut up.

FearThyEvil
12.17.13
21 is way too low

SnakeDelilah
12.17.13
@Cygnatti http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?p=129343671#post129343671

Kris.
12.17.13
wow that AP list is just awful

Azn.
12.17.13
kayo dot - hurbado [72]

SeaAnemone
12.17.13
the singer guy from deafheaven listed his favorite songs of the year:
Rhye - “The Fall”
Alcest - “Opale”
Chelsea Wolfe - “The Waves Have Come”
Weekend - “Mirror”
Austra - “Home”
Willis Earl Beal - “Black Beauty”
Low - “Stay”
Kanye West - “Guilt Trip”
Russian Circles - “Ethel”

... and it has Kanye on it. *music criticism implodes*

Trebor.
12.17.13
ADTR above Captain, We're Sinking lol

jtswope
12.17.13
so many great albums on here. 13 is gold

Winesburgohio
12.17.13
good list but fuck ur write-ups

(they make me feel inadequate :()

LilLioness
12.17.13
I could give a rat's ass what the guy from Deafheaven likes. His album shouldn't be on best of lists either.

Irving
12.17.13
"Gorguts
Deafheaven
James Blake
JT
Sigur Ros
Laura Stevenson
Kayo Dot
Boards of Canada
QotSA
Tim Hecker"

^ lol

climactic
12.17.13
why lol its a better guess than some of the other retards on this post

Wadlez
12.17.13
You got him!

LilLioness
12.17.13
It is a bit predictable, clim

Kris.
12.17.13
since when has the sputstaff top 10 not been predictable
or are you new here...........?

climactic
12.17.13
well yeah, cause id be pretty surprised if some of those didnt even crack the top 50

LilLioness
12.17.13
I didn't say the staff picks weren't. As I said in my earlier comment, the only thing that shocked me was the fact they actually included Steven Wilson so high on the list. I thought sput resented him.

Kris.
12.17.13
sput =/= sput staff

also yeah steven wilson is fucking garbage

greg84
12.17.13
Yeah. That album is not good at all, sadly... and I usually like this guy.

LilLioness
12.17.13
That is not really what I meant. And I don't recall seeing any staffers going to bat for him, but maybe I just wasn't there.

Kris.
12.17.13
coheed will be #1 don't worry guys

LilLioness
12.17.13
Thank the stars

Athom
12.17.13
I promise you that if Coheed shows up anywhere on this list I'll quit. Again.

Kris.
12.17.13
good your blurbs are awful and you should feel bad also you don't like coheed anymore so I don't like you!!!

Trebor.
12.17.13
I had forgotten that there even was a Coheed album this year

LilLioness
12.17.13
I really hope there is an upset in the top ten. Something that will make the user base bonkers.

Kris.
12.17.13
if I had to pick an aoty it'd have to be coheed. that's how little I paid attention to music this year. plus I just really like the album ~fanboy4life~

climactic
12.17.13
that coheed album was so inconsistent, bunch of great tunes and a bunch of lame ones

LilLioness
12.17.13
I probably have the most unique AOTY, but it is an honest one.

Irving
12.17.13
also yeah steven wilson is fucking garbage [2]

"I really hope there is an upset in the top ten. Something that will make the user base bonkers."

;)

Kris.
12.17.13
"that coheed album was so inconsistent, bunch of great tunes and a bunch of lame ones"

NO THEYRE ALL GREAT

LilLioness
12.17.13
That is what I like to see. :D

NocteDominum
12.17.13
Hernan needs to write more reviews.

climactic
12.17.13
I GAVE MY EVERYTHIIIIIING
FOR ALL THE WRONG THIIIIIIINGS

Athom
12.17.13
Seriously tho, this whole list should be scrapped and there should be a recount because I totally forgot to put Julianna Barwick Beastmilk, Julia Holter, and Matana Roberts on my submission and I totally regret that because it made them all left off the final list.

Kris.
12.17.13
IN THIS COOOOLD REAAALITY I MADE
THIS SELFISH WAAAR MACHIIIIIIIIINE

ooo dats my jam

LilLioness
12.17.13
@redsky Maybe Nepenthe is in the top 10?

Athom
12.17.13
I fucking wish :(

YoYoMancuso
12.17.13
BoC better be in the top 10

LilLioness
12.17.13
Damn. It may have not made much a difference then if it didn't even list. I will stunned if Shpongle doesn't pop up. I have been digging it hard.

tommygun
12.17.13
good ass writeup for kurt vile

kingsoby1
12.17.13
nepenthe was pretty good, wish i heard it before listing time, but i doubt it would have made my top 25

klap
12.17.13
yeah dat shpongle was underrated

SgtPepper
12.17.13
No love for steven wilson :/ me and sowing are probably the only people in the entire site who had it at #1 on their list (and i think the only staff who voted for it). His stuff has always been hot or miss though.

YourDarkAffected
12.17.13
STILL no Kveikur. It better be in top 10.

NocteDominum
12.17.13
Hernan, hit* : ]

I loved that record but there was way too many albums in metal that overshadowed it, lucky to make the top 100 with that one.

LilLioness
12.17.13
@Sgt I didn't say I didn't like it. I actually think it belongs in a top 50. I was just surprised that given how vocal much of sputnik is against him that Raven was so high on the list.

DaveyBoy
12.17.13
Hey fellow staff, I'm starting to think we should only post 10-2 on the next instalment. We need even more hilarity to ensue.

NocteDominum
12.17.13
Separate blog posts for each of the top 10? ; ]

Irving
12.17.13
I love you Hernan but the Steven Wilson record was okay. Good, but merely okay overall.

LilLioness
12.17.13
I like Davey's idea.

Athom
12.17.13
Seriously though, everyone here should check out the Perfect Pussy demo tape. It's one of the best records of the year even if it's only 12 minutes long.

SgtPepper
12.17.13
@Nocte
I posted that on my phone, thanks for catching the typo. It his best solo effort I think, granted it's not the most mind-blowing album of the year, but I have a soft spot for his music. hence it's place on my list.

@Lil
No, I wasn't singling you out or really complaining, just a comment for the sake of commenting. I, like you, was actually very surprised that it placed so high. and even that made it to the list at all. As a fan of his I'm glad it got 14, though it's high ranking (like Irving said) does not at all reflect the staff's overall opinion.

FromDaHood
12.17.13
I'm actually so excited to see the Top 10 unless this is a disinformation campaign and it's 10 totally expected albums

SgtPepper
12.17.13
@Irving
I know. It's a hit or miss record. I can admit that the album isn't exactly all that exciting, and you really have to like Steven Wilson to enjoy about half of the stuff in it. I'm a big fan so, I can never turn his stuff down. Love you too by the way :]

LilLioness
12.17.13
"Raven" is one of Wilson's best songs. The rest of the album is pretty decent.

McMegaMountain
12.18.13
Great review of Monomania. Sounds like you really appreciated it.

Pho3nix
12.18.13
Glad you included Summoning and Vali, two of my fave records of the year for sure.

allaneason35
12.18.13
TSSF in the top 10!

Trebor.
12.18.13
lol no

BrickIsRed
12.18.13
Lol 11.

Funeralopolis
12.18.13
altar of plagues will be 1

fromtheinside
12.18.13
15 shoulda been in the top 10 and omg 11

Funeralopolis
12.18.13
so many albums that could still be in top 10!

fromtheinside
12.18.13
"Letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful"

hahahahahahaha

NocteDominum
12.18.13
Teethed glory would be cool in a 1 spot, or Ataraxie : )

BroFro
12.18.13
i didn't even realize how much music i haven't listened to this year. haven't even heard of damn near half of these.

VinVal
12.18.13
I know top 10 will include the obvious choices like Hubardo, Sunbather, Virgins, Wheel and most likely (hopefully not) The 20/20 Experince but i'm so hoping for:

The Migration
Memorial
Kveikur
Meir
Pain is Beauty
Resonate/Desperate
Roots
Sky Burial
Teethed Glory and Injury
Vesper
Whenever, If Ever
White Lighter
A l'amme Enflamme
Earth Rocker
Twelve Reasons to Die
Glaciers
Doris
Overgrown
Forever Becoming
Echoes of Battle
Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings
La Mort du Soleil
Black Death Horizon
Colored Sands
Black Clouds Gathering
Soma

A lot of these deserved at least a place on top 50-11 and i know alot of them aren't "top 50 material" but hey at least a guy can dream. Come to think of it, Lorde's Pure Heroine isn't even on here. It doesn't have a place on the top 10 but it at least could have made it on the top 50.

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
no offense but the bit for r plus seven reads like you didnt even listen to the album and just looked up OPN buzzwords on p4k

VinVal
12.18.13
whoops just saw lorde on #44 i take that back. Cheers though!

Relinquished
12.18.13
just reading it from an unfamiliar pov it seems like it's DARK AMBIENT

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
yeah there is exactly 0 dark ambient on that record

Azn.
12.18.13
The Migration won't make it

Azn.
12.18.13
Letlive's latest will definitely not make it...

Athom
12.18.13
Why does everyone think we put Tim Hecker on the list?

climactic
12.18.13
oh shi i totally forgot about doris

Kris.
12.18.13
hope sempiternal is on the list that is my jams bmth til i die

Relinquished
12.18.13
better question adam is: WHY NOT

BroFro
12.18.13
wait a minute kanye is 11 what the fuck

Athom
12.18.13
Oh it's a great album. I just didn't know the userbase liked him that much. It's pretty cool to see the love for him in the comments.

Azn.
12.18.13
if sempiternal's on the list I will be mildly displeased

alachlahol
12.18.13
yo the beatles are comin out with unreleased material this week how in the freakin hell have you already come out with a top 50?? big mistake

fish.
12.18.13
"if sempiternal's on the list I will be mildly displeased "

lol you're gonna be pissed when you see the user list

alachlahol
12.18.13
big fuckin mistake is what i say. john lennons rolling in his freakin grave

Kris.
12.18.13
"lol you're gonna be pissed when you see the user list"

i fucking hate this site

Trebor.
12.18.13
THIS IS SEMPITERNAL

ShadowRemains
12.18.13
lol yeezus

alachlahol
12.18.13
is there gonna be any sweet andcas pop punk in the top 10? pretty sure bayside dropped a new album this year

Nikkolae
12.18.13
"Letlive's latest will definitely not make it..."

cause it fucking blows

Azn.
12.18.13
"cause it fucking blows"

no...because a lot of people think it fucking blows when it's just pretty mediocre contrary to public expectations

Hep Kat
12.18.13
NO IT BLOWS FUK U

Kris.
12.18.13
no actually it's really fucking awful don't get butthurt pls

Nikkolae
12.18.13
oh right, i should of said that it was mediocre, wait no, i did, thats why i said it blows

Azn.
12.18.13
GUYS IM GETTING MAD STOP

Azn.
12.18.13
the only albums that I feel confident that will be in the top 10 are Sunbather, Hurbado, and 20/20

Kris.
12.18.13
deafheaven, gorguts, kayo dot, laura stevenson, timberlake, drake uhhhhh help guys

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
james blake duh

Kris.
12.18.13
ooo yea james blunt right

Azn.
12.18.13
drake? eh idk if the staff are on board with that

fish.
12.18.13
doubt it but would be cool

Kris.
12.18.13
you really dont know the staff then!!! teehehehehe

fish.
12.18.13
I bet beyonce's new album would be the kind of thing staff would eat up

alachlahol
12.18.13
dude arent you tryin to be staff

Kris.
12.18.13
course he is who wouldnt want to be staff for such a prestigious site such a sputnikmusic.com! it would look wonderful on his resumé

fish.
12.18.13
going with the flow

Azn.
12.18.13
lol

Azn.
12.18.13
yeah drake album wasn't bad

Kris.
12.18.13
daft punk is gonna be #1 watch guys

Cygnatti
12.18.13
"Why does everyone think we put Tim Hecker on the list? "

we were hope you guys had gud taste :x

Aids
12.18.13
holy shit Yeezus didn't make the top 10

rejoice!

also lol I totally forgot Deerhunter even released an album this year, I didn't vibe with it. Surprised to see it so high on this list.

theacademy
12.18.13
it was very pedestrian, yes

not surprised that it impressed these simpletons

robertsona
12.18.13
i put it too high on my submission but it's very good. i like every song on that record.

LilLioness
12.18.13
Academy giving no shits over here.

Aids
12.18.13
ps really excited to read some of these write-ups later, especially Robin's!

kingsoby1
12.18.13
the hate for 20/20 is baffling.

NocteDominum
12.18.13
what's 20/20?

plane
12.18.13
That Deerhunter record is really great.

LilLioness
12.18.13
It fell completely flat for me. There wasn't a single takeaway.

apert
12.18.13
if 20/20 is in the top 10 and one of us is the killer isn't i'm gonna be pissed

plane
12.18.13
Sleepwalkin' is top 5 DH tracks tho

Kris.
12.18.13
prepare to be pissed

also a lack of state faults anywhere on the list makes me sad

theacademy
12.18.13
what do u guys think this is, rollingstone.com? the sputnik staff has a responsibility to make sure that under-appreciated masterworks like the 20/20 experience are properly celebrated!

Gwyn.
12.18.13
""if sempiternal's on the list I will be mildly displeased "

lol you're gonna be pissed when you see the user list"

Fuck this site

apert
12.18.13
i just went on the 20/20 page and saw a 4.7 chan review. its probs number 1

theacademy
12.18.13
it's not but it sucks

theacademy
12.18.13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=851NxKsneFk

didnt even know there was a video for this song

LilLioness
12.18.13
@Plane :/ I mean it was less bad than the other tracks.

a7c7e7
12.18.13
So Julia Holter isn't in the top 10?! nooooooooo fuck :/

Wadlez
12.18.13
or top 50... noooooooo fuck ;/

Azn.
12.18.13
if ALLB isn't in the top 10 that'd be interesting

Wadlez
12.18.13
That album seems to be love/hate, so I doubt it

Azn.
12.18.13
that's actually true, meh

I know Omaha raves about it though (he 5'd it), I have no idea what the other staff think

Arnaud
12.18.13
Gris for top 10 upset? that'd be nice

Aspenshadow
12.18.13
11

:/

Aspenshadow
12.18.13
Gimme a sec lowering that album to a 2.

Gwyn.
12.18.13
Damn man now they're gonna change it because of you

Aspenshadow
12.18.13
They fucking better.

Gwyn.
12.18.13
they'll have 2 replace it with a trophy scars album!!!!1

Aspenshadow
12.18.13
Let's just say that Holy Vacants was the spiritual album of the year :(

DamnVanne
12.18.13
Boys and girls, if you don't honor Entropia with at least top 10 praise, you can fuck right off

Imperial
12.18.13
If Deafheaven isn't #1 I'm gonna fucking shit on someone's face, most likely my own.

Realm
12.18.13
so if sunbathr isn't #1 we all win?

Tunaboy45
12.18.13
Personally, I think captain we're sinking should be higher but overall it's a fantastic list!

Trist66
12.18.13
this is the worst list ever quitting this site disconnecting from my wifi calling my cable provider throwing my computer out the window cancelling my phone plan packing up a few key belongings moving to the mountains living off the fat of the land growing a beard


skeames1214
12.18.13
Glad Acid Rap cracked the top 25. My personal aoty.

thebreadlord
12.18.13
I know opinions are opinions, so I won't take this list too seriously, but if Steven Wilson was in the top 5, I'd respect the list a little more

Athom
12.18.13
Steve Wilson is a very polarizing musician. Those who love him, defend him seemingly to the death, while those who don't rather loathe his output. There's not a lot of middle ground on his work. If you think about it in that context it's rather remarkable that he made it as high as he did, because I believe only 2 of the staffers voted for that record; they just had it very highly placed. This was such a fractured year for the tastes among that staff that it was very hard to build any kind of consensus. While only half of the current staff is more oriented to softer music as a whole, they were more organized and had more crossover, while the fans of heavy music had vastly different lists from each other with very little cross over.

plane
12.19.13
Which works out I think for those highly placed metal albums. Obliteration/Gorguts/Wilson might not all have been top tier on lindividual lists but they were prominent crossovers for a few folks and so if we consider consensus a better fit for recommending music more folks would like (rather than saying these are definitively the best of the year) then everything deserves its place.

greg84
12.19.13
Exactly what Redsky said!

omnipanzer
12.20.13
Kurt Vile and Steve Wilson were not good enough to make top 30 imho.

Volt2187
12.20.13
So Yeezus is number 10 but Intronaut and Cult of Luna both didn't make the list?

...

Volt2187
12.20.13
11*


mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
sweet vampire weekend writeup rudy ♥

CameronLaD
12.22.13
Yeezus beat out R Plus Seven? Smfh.

decemberassembly
12.22.13
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks should've at least been in the 40s.

climactic
12.22.13
"So Yeezus is number 10 but Intronaut and Cult of Luna both didn't make the list?"

dont know why this would surprise you at all

LilLioness
12.22.13
I agree with Omnipanzer. New Wilson was really good, but not better than its current position.

Tyrael
12.22.13
So glad with 12

CrimsonFireCF
01.02.14
Number 24! \m/ No Alice in Chains??

barcafan21
01.04.14
trouble will find me is definitely better than modern vampires

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