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10. Jenny Hval – Innocence is Kinky

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Language is the issue at the heart of Innocence is Kinky: how it changes by dialect, accent, personality, interpretation. “The voice,” Jenny Hval posits on “The Seer”, the album’s closing track, “is a wordless tissue, the fog from Heart of Glass. Listen to the lips that feed you.” Who feeds you? For what are we listening? Why the fog from Werner Herzog’s Heart of Glass (an infamous little movie where the actors underwent hypnosis)? Hval will answer these questions, but only in the abstract; her aims are for provocation, surely, which is nothing especially new in this digital landscape. But more importantly, Hval means to steer the conversation onto itself, taking many folks to task for their role in the presentation of gender and sexuality in the public view, and does so by cultivating a new sound and appropriations of well-worn (now shimmering, damning) genre tropes.

Which is to say: man, this album rocks. Hval’s aim is unwieldy, rounding out delicate folk reminiscent of 2011’s more spacious Viscera with feedback scorched rock tunes treated with the same scope and fervor that marked that auspicious solo debut. Some songs find the head-turning meeting point between them, as one does in the standout “Is There Anything On Me That Doesn’t Speak?”, which plots out its movements in the seconds. Hval’s vocal performance is of the highest order in these moments, stretching her register every which direction, pitching them aggressively or in a delicate way. She is, ah, amphibious, androgynous, playing a foil to traditional roles accepted of women who make music, a process she nearly perfects in the process. In this way, her most prominent modern peer might be Swans’ Michael Gira, another musician who tackles contemporary ideas of masculinity in rock music and art’s role in challenging it.

But again, language is the issue at the heart of Innocence is Kinky. “I try to write love songs,” on “Amiphibious, Androgynous”, “but my words remain in my hands and my hands fall to the floor. Somewhere in the distance something hurts.” Larger issues plague Hval, and she comes to them by framing them in the minutiae. The evocation of Reneé Falconetti is Hval’s largest tip to the listener, but I won’t undermine the album by explaining it here. To listen to Innocence is Kinky is to hear some of the best music you will hear this year or any, on its surface alone. But to listen to Innocence is Kinky is also to engage with it, to be challenged, and to learn. To hear its language on its own terms: by its dialect, accent, personality, interpretation. In a year particularly talkative (for the good and the bad) about the state of sexuality, gender, and female artists in the mainstream, Jenny Hval’s Innocence is Kinky is one of the most vital conversations to be enjoyed on the subject. –Lewis P.

9. Obliteration – Black Death Horizon

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Obliteration hail from Norway, spreading their message of brutal and filthy traditional death metal far and wide. The band has mastered the ebb and flow of tempo, taking cues from forefathers Autopsy to produce an album full of dynamic tracks that brilliantly snake from murky doom to high-speed bludgeoning. Traces of proud neighbors Darkthrone also make their way to the surface of Black Death Horizon’s true-to-the-classics-but-still-unique aesthetic. What makes Obliteration stand tall with their ancestors is the ability to craft these nebulous, unpredictable metal compositions that still manage to sound primal, primeval, and completely uncalculated. Deviously satisfying riffs are joined by a modern-day rarity in dextrous throwback soloing full of note-perfect runs, bends, and whammy bar assaults. Each piece is horrifyingly conjugated to the wretched caterwauls of vocalist Sindre Solem, making most growls seem like a tame alternative. The album further benefits from achieving an impeccable production medium that provide great clarity to each component while never diminishing the murky, grotesque atmosphere carved out by the band. If this is just the horizon of Obiteration’s sickening form of “black death,” then fans are very lucky, indeed. –AngelofDeath

8. Laura Stevenson – Wheel

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As a rider of the Laura Stevenson hype train since the beginning, Wheel was expectedly excellent upon first listen. Sickly sweet and heartbreakingly honest, Laura Stevenson’s latest album was immediately engrossing. Yet after seeing her magnanimous performance live, that opinion began to change. Songs I had already committed to memory began to take on different meanings. Lines that were once so plainly written began to feel completely alive. You see, to listen to Wheel is to listen to Stevenson herself. Everything is painfully open and personal. The Laura heard here is the same Laura you’ll hear wherever she goes. On “Renee” she sings longingly to her stepmother, laying every emotion bare. Conversely, on “California” we hear her sing wildly with reckless abandon and jovial energy. You see, each moment on Wheel is painted so vividly that you could almost visualize it. Insignificant motions such as making coffee feel absolutely vital within the greater picture. Laura Stevenson can craft a song from almost nothing while making it feel like everything.

When the album closes with “Wheel” there’s an overbearing sense of elation as well as somberness. Despite the often vivacious and flighty tone, there’s a heavy and deep rooted feeling of melancholy. But as the final moments of the album come to a close it all comes together far more sensibly than thought possible. Wheel is modern marvel; a beautiful and profound statement that exceeds expectations in every respect. –Eli Kleman

7. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

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In late 2010, Josh Homme almost died from complications during knee surgery and was bedridden for three long months while recovering. The memories of this unfortunate incident lend …Like Clockwork its emotional heft and vulnerability that clearly distinguish it from the musician’s back catalogue. The new Queens of the Stone Age album doesn’t try to rehash the band’s turn-of-the-millennium stoner rock classics. Instead, it thrives on upheaval, adroitly venturing into new musical territories with a keen sense of innovation. The dichotomy between the dark and the light permeates the entire record in which booming heavy rockers are juxtaposed with poignant piano ballads to startling effect. Every track is composed with commanding precision, retaining many attributes that have always made the outfit so distinctive. There’s rock swagger on display which, along with hook-centric songcraft, desert vibes and a dash of flamboyance, makes for a truly seductive brand of alternative rock. On top of that, Homme delivers his most inspired vocal performance thus far, making the transitions between his natural voice and signature falsetto seem even more effortless. …Like Clockwork is not only his most ambitious and far-reaching collection of songs, but also a testament to his remarkable resilience as an artist. –Greg Fisher

6. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

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“Open up your heart, show me the place where love is missing – how long have you been missing love?” Will Sheff asks on “Stay Young,” accompanied by a restless bass line and a kid’s idea of a synthesizer, candy pitched and buttressed by the kind of horns you’d find on the town common. It’s carnival season, and “Stay Young” is a deliciously saccharine call to arms, yet it’s never cheesy, not the kind of sugar that rots your teeth but the kind that reawakens something everyone has, one at point or another, forgot: nights in the tent out back with your best friend, songs taped off the radio, the ritual of blowing away the dust on that old Atari cartridge, now it’ll work. The Silver Gymnasium is Sheff returning to his home, the small hamlet of Meriden, New Hampshire, and penning a love letter to it. It’s not a paean to the town itself, but to the threads that weave their way about the avenues and down the river, the connections that tied Sheff down even when he left for greener pastures. Did he think they were greener, even then? I’m not so sure – The Silver Gymnasium is a record out of time, painting a autumnal portrait of a town that should be well and truly gone, if it wasn’t so full of vibrant, bloody life in Sheff’s mind and words.

As someone who moved as far as one could possibly get from my hometown, I found a kindred spirit in The Silver Gymnasium. It’s a celebration of Sheff’s inability to extricate himself from the past, the coalescing of memory and stories into dreams and tall tales, the kind of childhood magic that only grows stronger and fonder when you think about it as an adult. Sheff isn’t angry at Meriden, quite the opposite, really. He’s grateful to it, the idealization of “a great gold spirit in the summer sky” representing the town, its people, the past, present and future. Even Sheff’s adult memories are tinted by this golden hue – when he’s drowning in booze and bad decisions in “Pink Slips,” what he latches onto are happier times, Meriden times: “Only happy until the age of ten is still a gift,” he sings, even as he knows, we know, you can’t go back. The Silver Gymnasium, though, will have none of that. It’s proof that you can still return, remembering the vaguely sweet smell in the air when school lets out for summer, the friends forgotten and family lost, everything just a short trip down the rabbit hole of your mind, no matter how much you want to forget them. “These things have just got to be, I don’t know why,” Sheff sings on closer “Black Nemo,” bringing a sighing sense of closure to a record intertwined with the things we can’t explain, the bonds and memories we don’t even choose. The Silver Gymnasium’s greatest gift, then, is a lesson: you can leave your home, but it will never leave you. –Rudy K.

5. Gorguts – Colored Sands

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In most situations, when a band has touched perfection not only once, but again and again, there is little room to improve or expand simply because there is no place further to go. Gorguts, though, are not imprisoned by the same bounds that other bands – metal bands, especially – are shackled by. In a way they transcend what death metal is capable of, and as they have proven time and again there is always someplace for them to go when things look like they have reached their pinnacle. Maybe it took longer than usual, but Colored Sands is Gorguts continuing to buck the trend, and continuing to show that with death metal the only limits are those you set for yourself. It’s been 12 years since the Canadian death metal legends have made a murmur, but things have now become a full-fledged gale, with the technical prowess rearing its head in a more grotesque, yet refined, way than ever before. Sure, Gorguts have always been progressive and technical, but Colored Sands is an expansion of that motif, not in small part because Luc Lemay has completely changed the lineup, solidifying his status as the sole driving force behind the mayhem.

With this new lineup, Gorguts have also edged their sound onwards. They have always been technical to an almost ludicrous point, and Colored Sands is no exception, but the way Lemay has brought in heaps of progressive tendencies en masse is something that sets the record apart from its predecessors. The fact that the classically-inspired instrumental “The Battle of Chamdo” is so boldly smacked right into the middle of the record is a prime example of this, but it goes deeper as well. The wildly technical guitars melt with the unorthodox song structures in a way that proves Lemay was not just thinking of each instrument individually, but also how it all becomes one cohesive movement. A movement it is indeed, because Colored Sands is a clinic in the power of songwriting, allowing each instrumental ebb and flow to segue into yet another, repeating ad infinitum as one song rolls cleanly into the next. Colored Sands is abrasive on the surface, even more so than most death metal records, but this is due to the fact that it is so complex and so layered; so smooth an orchestration of instrumental ferocity and creative fervor, that it is hard to deny the pure genius at work. –Kyle Ward

4. Kayo Dot – Hubardo

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Hubardo was billed as a culmination of Driver’s entire career, but it sounds like nothing he’s put out before. Oh sure, one can hear the prog-metal leanings of maudlin of the Well, or the chamber black-metal of Kayo Dot’s perfect first record, Choirs of the Eye, but Hubardo is a different sort of beast than Driver’s released before. It is simultaneously focused and sprawling. It can be ugly and gorgeous and furious and meditative, sometimes all in the span of seconds. And that’s why it outshines anything Kayo Dot’s released in nearly a decade.

Toby Driver can break your heart because he has a very unique perception of beauty that goes places the layman can’t always follow, but Hubardo’s easily the most accessible thing he’s put out, maybe ever. This is a record drenched in climaxes that spring seemingly from the ether: 8 bars of pummeling in the middle of “Zlida Caosigi”; the hook in “Thief” made of odd modes and drums crashing out of time; the return of the main theme in “Passing the River” after minutes of aleatoric riffage. But perhaps the best thing about Hubardo is that it marks the return of Toby Driver’s mastery of atmosphere. Hubardo, like the best Toby Driver records, is a world you enter, a journey you undergo. You get lost in it and leave it transformed. Celebrate it, because who knows where Toby will take us next. At the very least, it is an album that will convince us to keep trying to follow. –Adam Downer

3. Deafheaven – Sunbather

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Nothing explains Sunbather like the first second of its eponymous track, kicking in with those melancholic guitar swells. It’s black metal for dreamers, a typically bleak style of music gone, for lack of better phrasing, “happy.” Sure, this isn’t the first time a musician of this ilk has played this card, but it hasn’t been done quite this blatantly before either. It isn’t just the music but that pink-lemonade album cover too, fitting in swimmingly between other hazy artworks whose contents have been thoroughly endorsed by the Internet’s music sector this year– Boards of Canada, Vampire Weekend, now Deafheaven. These songs deserve that hypnotic blend of colors because they emit the colors through their structuring– they bend light back and forth, pushing it away in heavier passages only to let it back in for instrumental breaks. In other words, Sunbather emits warmth from the get-go, which makes that cover about as damned apt as it could be.

It is a bit easier for black metal enthusiasts to be disenchanted with the record– sure, George Clarke’s shrill bellows aren’t especially charismatic to a seasoned ear of this stuff– but such details are the way they are because Sunbather is more about providing an experience to music enthusiasts as well as creators. And why the hell shouldn’t it fit right in? When the self-titled song kicks in, it steers thoughts back to summer, back when priorities were as distant a thought as the cold bite that winter brings. “Sunbather” hands back those thoughts of what it was first like to identify with summer as more than a season, to really live it through and through. –Jacob Royal

2. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

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The decline of modern pop music is well-documented. The ability to move thousands of CDs daily may have masked the creative stagnation brewing underneath at first, but the turn of the millennium brought with it waning concert attendances, poor public opinion polls, and a slump in record sales that digital downloads were simply unable to compensate for. But while it is true that all forms of art have a natural arc of popularity that eventually diminishes, pop’s lack of ambition beyond the immediacy of commercial reward only served to exacerbate its demise.

Enter The 20/20 Experience. In a year chock-full of crossover albums, this was perhaps the most adventurous and certainly the most essential. Sunbather may have belatedly presented hipsters with their own death metal band, and Doldrums was an unexpected male antithesis to Grimes’ brand of cyborg music, but Justin Timberlake turned out to be prog pop’s first messiah. The typical verse-chorus structure, for so long pop music’s weapon of choice, was eschewed in favour of sprawling, vaguely psychedelic epics that extended beyond the eight minute mark and then reveled in their own rebelliousness. In his review of The 20/20 Experience, our very own Sobhi Youssef called the album a “profound manifestation” of recent innovations in R&B, and he couldn’t have been more accurate with a pair of night vision goggles. JT’s third studio record comes replete with abrupt key changes, extended codas, and unexpected rhythms and harmonies, all of which are aimed at lending a greater artistic weight and credibility to pop music.

But at the same time, songs like “Pusher Love Girl” and “Spaceship Coupe” are proof that you don’t necessarily have to give up your old tropes after going through a reinvention either; themes of romance and sex are all the rage here: “I’m just j-j-j-j-junkie for your love!” exhorts JT on the former, with nary a hint of irony. “Strawberry Bubblegum” is our first example of a post-Channel Orange composition, and it slinks off into the realm of neo-soul just as easily as “Pyramids” transitioned from Giza to Vegas about a year ago. Elsewhere, “Don’t Hold the Wall” trades in “Suit & Tie”’s Prohibition-era style of balladeering for a chance on the dancefloor, and simmers for just the right amount of time before delivering pop music’s equivalent of a breakdown and launching into a closing jam worthy of the new Daft Punk record. Then there’s that arena-sized ascending guitar riff that opens “Mirrors”, and the vulnerable humanity glimmering behind the subtext of “Blue Ocean Floor”. But equally as remarkable for me is the fact that music critics have even bothered to lambast the album for owning its fair share of trite lyrics (The Guardian called them “porny” and “awful”; Slate opted for “banal”), because I personally cannot recall a time when lyrics were considered to be an important part of pop music’s credentials. To me, the very fact that we’re even talking about them proves that JT has succeeded in his wild man’s crusade. And on that note, I’ll end things here with a quote left by Sputnik user ILJ in Sobhi’s review thread: “i really do hope this changes pop. i would enjoy pop a helluva lot more”.  –Irving Tan

1. Julia Holter – Loud City Song

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At the very minimum, it’s a travesty that I haven’t spent every day with Julia Holter’s wispy rendition of “Hello Stranger” since its release. Fellow staff reviewer Alex Robertson told us all that Loud City Song was incredible. Perhaps our divergent opinions on Ducktails’ The Flower Lane tempered my expectations. Maybe I brushed it off subconsciously; if we disagreed so dramatically there, it would logically permeate everything else too, right? Lesson Learned: Trust In Alex Robertson.

On a cursory listen, Loud City Song invokes the urban domain (as noted in Alex’s excellent review here). The songwriting is as delicate and beautiful as it is dark and vacuous, lending a contrast very few records can conjure. But why? Holter draws from an eclectic palette of sources to mold her own conception of pop – dream-pop, lounge/vocal jazz, chamber classical and various forms of ambient electronic musics make appearances in no particular fixed order or delineation. The combinations she experiments with on the “Maxim’s” tracks, or “Horns Surrounding Me” (or most of the record, honestly) evoke profound images of a dark Parisian lounge, psychedelic martinis, learned and lost love, the beginning or the end of the world, and a lonely or not-so-lonely bar close simultaneously.

Per Holter, Loud City Song is a loose collection of thoughts directly or indirectly related in some way to the novel-come-musical/film, “Gigi”. A tale of the confusing nature of love and its transcendence through loss, this background speaks volumes to the classic critical debate of intent versus interpretation when compared to my first impressions. To be as hyperbolic as possible (this is our number one record of the year after all), in a stroke of artistic brilliance, Julia Holter was able to – with near pinpoint precision – imagine her intended images through her art as a vessel for communication of perception. This is the very kind of boundary transforming record we, as not only music critics but music listeners at large, live to admire as living and breathing evidence that art is a unifier of humanity through love, despair, harmony, and really whatever you want it to be. But perhaps (most becomingly) Holter says it the best on “This Is a True Heart”:

Come, let’s not insist on “love”
We’re just alive

Let’s talk straight about it and sled through the boulevard

This is a true heart, listen hard
There are true words, speak hard

See the young – so old so fast
See the young – in love so fast
I don’t understand falling leaves
A tree is a tree

–Sobhi Youssef

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Willie
12.18.13
The final few...

protonjon
12.18.13
Well that was disappointing.

MisterTornado
12.18.13
A sputnik is a sputnik

Chrisjon89
12.18.13
i'm glad that Loud City Song even made the list - great to see it at 1.

Motiv3
12.18.13
Julia Holter 1st?! OMG OMG OMG OMG :D. That plus Laura Stevenson and Gorguts in the top 10 makes for a pretty awesome list.

tommygun
12.18.13
OKKERVIL RIVER IN THE TOP 10 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

tommygun
12.18.13
CAN'T WAIT FOR EVERYBODY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING

iwasnvrurbf
12.18.13
didn't see that coming

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
well, now i know what the staff likes

clercqie
12.18.13
Well, that was unexpected.

Rowan5215
12.18.13
Is it weird that I have never even heard of 1 before now?

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.18.13
omgomgomgomg okkervil river YES well done staffgods!!!!!

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
you were wasting your time with erra

diogoserafim
12.18.13
Nice list, that was really surprising.

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
sorry, i mean a lot like birds

Azn.
12.18.13
interesting final few! I was way off in my predictions :/
heavily disappointed that A Lot Like Birds didn't make the 50, but it's understandable considering the niche it fills

adr
12.18.13
No Shai Hulud :(

also Julia Holter album is awesome, but 1st place.. i don't know.

Colored Sands \m/

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
no earl :(

Azn.
12.18.13
"sorry, i mean a lot like birds"

now you listen here mister

Phlegm
12.18.13
alright

Azn.
12.18.13
also severely non-surprised that JT, Deafheaven, and Kayo Dot made it in the top 5, but if that wasn't obvious I might as well have lived under a rock for 2013

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
no BoC :D

Azn.
12.18.13
no BMTH either whew

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
no sigur ros : O

ILJ
12.18.13
did not see 1 coming

this convinced me to finally give innocence is kinky a go though

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
i miss miley cyrus

adr
12.18.13
"no sigur ros : O"

yea, totally forgot about their album, damn. NOT.EVEN.IN.TOP50.

wat.

ILJ
12.18.13
and fucking eli with the description for Wheel. you magnificent bastard. said it better than i ever could.

JS19
12.18.13
Sigur Ros ..... where .... I can't even

Good list though

ILJ
12.18.13
i was kinda hoping State Faults would make an appearance. the more i listen to Desolate/Resonate the more i love it.

grish
12.18.13
jfc

JS19
12.18.13
Oh shit and no Russian Circles either, or... Tim Hecker

Bold moves, think of all the fanboys you guys are pissing off

tempest--
12.18.13
list is shit lol butts

Keyblade
12.18.13
Dem back to back Oblit and Laura descriptions...wow

tempest--
12.18.13
list rules though tbh

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
no zomby

fucking melons

Azn.
12.18.13
dat sunbather writeup is magnificent

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
[i]A tree is a tree[/i]


hogan900
12.18.13
Well I've never heard of number 1.. But as Asianguy said above the write up for sunbather was actually incredible. Also, my whole list was messed up after gorguts was put 5th instead of 4th..

Irving
12.18.13
WILDCARD, BITCHES!!!

Gwyn.
12.18.13
list is shit lol butts

AliW1993
12.18.13
Holy fuck a list with individuality. This will not do!

Didn't particularly like Loud City Song, but it's good to see a surprise at the top.

BrickIsRed
12.18.13
Fuck, I have only listened to Sunbather out of all these.

Hittin' up JT nao~

Gwyn.
12.18.13
It's like ima mirrah, my mirrah staring at meeee~

TMobotron
12.18.13
"no zomby

fucking melons"

Lol, would've been awesome to see it on here but considering some of the omissions there was no way.

Rowan5215
12.18.13
you shouldn't have to ask me that question

PitchforkArms
12.18.13
No Kafka = no list

BrickIsRed
12.18.13
No Sigur or Russian Circles, aww.

THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SHOW FOR THIS YEAR THO.

Azn.
12.18.13
1 sounds excellent based off the sound off, will check

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
not even bonobo made it

Flugmorph
12.18.13
i miss soilwork and nick cave

Static
12.18.13
literally the most disappointing choice you could have made


like straight up


like


wtf

TheSpirit
12.18.13
Best staff list in years

VinVal
12.18.13
How fucking dissapointing omg
There truly is no justice in the world
I mean justin timberlake in front of deafheaven? Youve got to be shitting me

Azn.
12.18.13
having JT in front of Deafheaven makes more sense when you think about how the former will have more influence and musical impact

fish.
12.18.13
whole point of a staff list is that it's the staff list not the user list

dumb people itt

Irving
12.18.13
WELL, HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

Keyblade
12.18.13
This is a far cry from the last 3 staff lists, seriously...great stuff

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
list is shit lol butts

Azn.
12.18.13
I'm gonna have fun check out each of these because they're guaranteed to be excellent albums

tommygun
12.18.13
wheel writeup is p rad but i think you mean 'sink, swim', not 'california'?????????

JS19
12.18.13
All raise your hand who called that there would be butthurt whatever was picked

Rowan5215
12.18.13
"wheel writeup is p rad but i think you mean 'sink, swim', not 'california'?????????" oh shiiiiiiit

Keyblade
12.18.13
Haha tommy good spot man

VinVal
12.18.13
The 20/20 experience will have more influence and impact than sunbather was that srs comment?

VinVal
12.18.13
List is shit lol butts

Keyblade
12.18.13
20/20 is better regardless

robertsona
12.18.13
boys and girls i was the only staff member to have julia as a #1 please sit

VinVal
12.18.13
Blasphemy

No kveikur is pretty surprising actually, would like to know why you guys omitted it and virgins out of the list

Irving
12.18.13
I would hazard a guess at us sleeping on Virgins tbh.

As for Kveikur...meh.

robertsona
12.18.13
also i'm extremely proud of this list--and not only (i think!) because it matches my #1. very individual and still very sputnik to me; cool to see gorguts and QoTSA and julia and JT all playing together :)

JS19
12.18.13
Lol not Dillinger either. It's like they were trying to make people pissed

Irving
12.18.13
I think it is by far the best list the site had has in a while. It's certainly the best since 2010 at least, when Kanye, Kristian Mattson, Sufjan, Titus Andronicus, and Janelle Monae all had a slice of the top ten.

Also worth noting that metal has had a very very good representation this year. Contrast this year's four top tenners with 2011 and 2012, when a couple made 50-31 and that was about it.

theacademy
12.18.13
^actually no

this was and remains the best list

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2012/01/27/users-top-50-of-2011-10-1/#more-9223

this list is pretty cool tho altho it *seeps* robertson

omgraptors
12.18.13
Just because you are a fan of Justin Timberlake doesn't mean you have to ram it down everyones throat. This is just stupid. Douche baggery at its finest.

theacademy
12.18.13
douchebaggery is one word LOOK IT UP COCK SUCK HER

VinVal
12.18.13
Hm well twas a beautiful year for music regardless
I'll follow up the next few weeks with some of these i havent yet heard, cheers mates

WhiteNoise
12.18.13
QOTSA was my top album and is in the top ten here, so no complaints from me

MO
12.18.13
that write up for queens is great good job fisher. also fuck yea all hail the Guts!!

Keyblade
12.18.13
"also i'm extremely proud of this list--and not only (i think!) because it matches my #1. very individual and still very sputnik to me; cool to see gorguts and QoTSA and julia and JT all playing together :)"

Exactly, best part of this list

Irving
12.18.13
@ acad: Best STAFF list - my mistake XD

Keyblade
12.18.13
Acad, isn't that the year freakin Thrice got aoty lol

BigPleb
12.18.13
Wheel shouldn't even be in the TOP 50.

theacademy
12.18.13
;DDDDDDDDDDDD

allaneason35
12.18.13
Damn I was expecting TSSF somewhere in the top 50


BigPleb
12.18.13
No OOUTK on here either, damn pretty bad list.

JS19
12.18.13
no ITCOTCK poor list amiright

jmh886
12.18.13
Shai Hulud made the best record of their careers and couldn't make the top 50? Damn shame.

BigPleb
12.18.13
Maybe cos Shai Lolud are bad.

YakNips
12.18.13
Gris isn't top 50, fuck it

Keyblade
12.18.13
I always read that as INTHECOCK stop that

Crawl
12.18.13
um... wat

JS19
12.18.13
ITT: Opinions

Electric City
12.18.13
ITT: lol butts

treeqt.
12.18.13
staff is shit

and wrong



Crysis
12.18.13
well obliteration is in the top 10 i am satisfied

ti0n
12.18.13
wtf srsly 1 and 2 were so forgettable

Emyay
12.18.13
is there gonna be a staff best songs list?

LilLioness
12.18.13
You staffers hinted at an upset and delivered. That alone makes me happy.

SharkTooth
12.18.13
YES!!! fish, you were wrong, Like Clockwork IS in the top 10!!!

fish.
12.18.13
fair



still though, lol at whoever thought tdep would be

Jamper
12.18.13
No DEP no Ocean no Cult of Luna no Sigur Rós no James Blake no Typhoon ... i'm kinda sad, but list sure has its strong points

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
even though there's a few on here pretty high that I didn't care for, in terms of ... I dunno... cohesion, individuality, diversity, whatever... I do think this is one of the better year-end lists I've seen here. sweet.

fish.
12.18.13
sobhi's write up's convinced me to get 1 wd

robin
12.18.13
are we going down are we going down are we going down are we going down are we going down hey hey hey are we going down the deep river

Hep Kat
12.18.13
the list is shit lol butts trifecta

Judio!
12.18.13
Was hoping 1 would go to either Deafheaven or Gorguts, but I'm just happy Timberlake isn't 1.

Athom
12.18.13
If you just looked at the ratings this list was so obvious

Xenophanes
12.18.13
1 and 2 were incredibly close points wise, but the rest was sort of trailing

TheCrocodile
12.18.13
Still suprised to see that Okkervil River album in the top 10...

Fun list.

Kris.
12.18.13
adam thomas didn't write a single thing for the top 10 what a lazy jerk

Emyay
12.18.13
happy about no drake

plane
12.18.13
"Predictable" when 7 of these albums didn't even got passing mentions by most publications.

robertsona
12.18.13
really happy black death horizon in particular made the top 10. i didn't have time to put it on my list but it would have been up there

lyzakthellama
12.18.13
not a very predictable list at all. Some of these were a refreshing break from the same old albums on every end of the year list. Way to go sputnik

LilLioness
12.18.13
@plane That isn't an instant disqualifier for me. Many amazing works get passed over by publications.

plane
12.18.13
That wasn't my point; flash forward ten steps in this conversation: "oh okay well, we differ on opinions then", and scene.

Buzzkillr
12.18.13
unexpected but decent top 10, really cool that there's two death metal albums but disappointing that there's no hip-hop.

Funeralopolis
12.18.13
pretty surprising list, 1 sucks tho

Ovrot
12.18.13
OBLITERATION

Azn.
12.18.13
I'm pretty satisfied with the top 50 in general.

Lots of good stuff and I'm happy to see familiar names.

KILL
12.18.13
2 dm records in top 10 omg!!!!!!

Crawl
12.18.13
BATHS?!

Funeralopolis
12.18.13
okkervil river : )

Kris.
12.18.13
o no ur favorite album didn't make it!!! maybe you should be on staff so you can pick it next time! filthy pleb users

WeepingBanana
12.18.13
yeah i only listened maybe 5 total out of this whole list, and even fewer that i really liked, but from the looks of it it's a pretty diverse and one of sputnik's least predictable year end lists.

really surprised to not see boards of canada, flaming lips and iceage included tho

Havey
12.18.13
holter rules bitches

good job staff

Tobmast
12.18.13
YES, JULIA HOLTER 1# !!!!!!!! YEEES!!!!

plane
12.18.13
Boards of Canada was a big oversight. I forgot it on my list and who knows what that could have done.

robertsona
12.18.13
me personally, flaming lips and iceage fell just out of my submitted list--they were both in the 30s or thereabouts--but onto my personal "good recrods this year" list. boards of canada didn't do anything for me

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
was sorta hoping Var would make a surprise appearance
Obliteration definitely makes up for the lack of it though, was truly surprised by that pick in the best way

WeepingBanana
12.18.13
it was cool to be like "holy shit new boc holyshitholyshit" and listen to the live stream and not be horribly disappointed

plane
12.18.13
Obliteration really is a kickass album

WeepingBanana
12.18.13
lol when my mouse hovers over any image "50. Propagandhi - Failed States" pops up

luv u sputnik

Hep Kat
12.18.13
var lp was disappointing

Irving
12.18.13
BoC was meh. Deserved to not be on here.

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
you're disappointing

Kris.
12.18.13
doesn't staff normally do an EP list or is that just users?

Ovrot
12.18.13
why listen to music from this year when there is better stuff you haven't listened too from past years

checkmate sputnik

Xenophanes
12.18.13
I have seen 4/10 of these live this year :D

RadicalEd
12.18.13
no bonobo =(

kingsoby1
12.18.13
list is awesome rock and roll mcdonalds

Omaha
12.18.13
yeah Boards of Canada actually bored me immensely, though I did make sure to check it out in time for this list.

thx Asian and Hogan < 3

also you guys gotta keep in mind we can only hear so many albums from the year. this list is mostly about what we've had the privilege of enjoying in 2013

fish.
12.18.13
new boc was uber meh

zxlkho
12.18.13
This list was incredibly underwhelming. Thanks.

LilLioness
12.18.13
@Omaha at least you guys didn't do this list at the end of November like some other sites I could mention.

Nrap
12.18.13
Earth Rocker didn't even make the list...
must be serious

FourthReich
12.18.13
thought death grips would be # 1

SirDrumsalot
12.18.13
This whole list is pretty sad, and only further confirms that for me it was a slow year for good music.

Hep Kat
12.18.13
drumsalot wtf u just have shit taste

Omaha
12.18.13
Lioness we did start working on this list then, actually! took a lot of effort and besides, very few exceptional albums come out in the last few weeks of the year

Keyblade
12.18.13
"yeah Boards of Canada actually bored me immensely,"

"new boc was uber meh"

Sigh


a7c7e7
12.18.13
This list was fuckin badass. and damn you redsky for playing with my emotions, but hey, loud city song is #1. I am jubilant :D

LilLioness
12.18.13
@Omaha December is good catch up time, though. It is what I have been doing all this week.

@Key I guess not all great stuff is going to appeal to everybody.

Artuma
12.18.13
well, haven't heard 1 so can't really tell if it's a good choice for #1. at least this was surprising

where's kveikur tho

PitchforkArms
12.18.13
Irving, seriously, no Locktender?

demigod!
12.18.13
gay

danielito19
12.18.13
did anyone even hear chewing on tinfoil this year?

Omaha
12.18.13
it is also finals time, Lioness, and many of us are students

LilLioness
12.18.13
I hear ya. I had to abandon music for about a month for grad school applications.

Irving
12.18.13
What is a Locktender and where can I get one

Keyblade
12.18.13
What, exams are the best time to get into more music. Or at least for someone who can't study without music.

evilford
12.18.13
awesome, 2 dm albums in the top 10

glad gorguts made top 5 m/

LilLioness
12.18.13
I don't know. If I had a chem or anatomy exam, I would be going musicless.

kingsoby1
12.18.13
I loved BoC, it didn't make my submission list, but would have had i heard it before.

Kris.
12.18.13
"did anyone even hear chewing on tinfoil this year?"

i did. wasn't horribly impressed. sounded like they were listening to frank turner a little too much

KeepTheChange
12.18.13
Interesting list, very different from what i expected

FromDaHood
12.18.13
Where the fuck is Dillinger Escape Plan?

Athom
12.18.13
I wasn't big in BoC

LilLioness
12.18.13
Staff didn't like it.

kingsoby1
12.18.13
i never heard their older stuff, so maybe i'd like it less had i been more experienced. reminded me of blade runner/ vangelis

FromDaHood
12.18.13
BTW nailed Deafheaven at 3 where's my handwritten note Jom?

KeepTheChange
12.18.13
Where is Dillinger Escape Plan on this damn list?

Relinquished
12.18.13
I'm glad for this

Relinquished
12.18.13
"yeah Boards of Canada actually bored me immensely"

damn u are lame

greg84
12.18.13
'Earth Rocker didn't even make the list...'

Ah. I know. It was in the top 60, though.


greg84
12.18.13
3 staffers voted for The Dillinger Escape Plan as far as I'm concerned, but its placing on the lists wasn't very high. I had it at #17, and it was its highest position.

Kris.
12.18.13
dep was so meh pls guys just because its dep doesn't make it aoty material

LilLioness
12.18.13
@Kris, as much as I love the title track and "When I lost my Bet", I have to agree. The album got boring by the end,

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
jon hopkins gets on here but autechre doesnt? this list is lame sorry

Calc
12.18.13
no DGD?


:[

Relinquished
12.18.13
what do you expect hype


they are SOFT

climactic
12.18.13
how da fuck did james blake not even crack top 50???? staff was fapping all over that when it came out

also some of these writeups are ????? but whatev good list i guess, cool to see obliteration on here

climactic
12.18.13
also boc was amazing wtf dummies itt

KeepTheChange
12.18.13
Alice in Chains anyone?

kingsoby1
12.18.13
yes it was good. i think the writing is great. autechre was alright. james blake was a surprise... i think if hanson voted, it would have cracked the top 50 easily. Also JT probably would have been #1

kingsoby1
12.18.13
(edit: boc was good, not alice in chains!!)

LilLioness
12.18.13
I am kinda confused as to why Alice in Chains is still around.

Funeralopolis
12.18.13
no altar of plagues

climactic
12.18.13
are these aoty lists decided with 1. = 10 pts, 2.= 9 pts, 3.= 8 pts etc, and then totalling the points?

XingKing
12.18.13
JT and QotSA in the top ten. I am pleased

BigPleb
12.18.13
Lol fuck off with your kooky Autechre talk pls.

Athom
12.18.13
Kind of. We use that as a base and then fuck with it further to build some cohesion and consensus. Also we start with a LOT more records than 10

ShitsofRain
12.18.13
fuck you hanson why didn't he vote?

Athom
12.18.13
Because he's too busy watching Buffy

FromDaHood
12.18.13
he lost his season 2 dvds :(

Realm
12.18.13
holy shit. great list.

DikkoZinner
12.18.13
Church of Misery make it?

JS19
12.18.13
'no altar of plagues'

Everyone forgot about that existing

AlexTM510
12.18.13
I seriously love how unpredictable this list is. Only, have heard 4 of these albums and none of these are cracking my top ten, and remain perfectly content with that.

JS19
12.18.13
I like that the staff list will be so different to the more predictable users list

ncguitar
12.18.13
I missed some records in the top 50, and there are plenty here I've never heard of. I don't know how to feel about this.

Guzzo10
12.18.13
The strangest thing for me is that they put The Wonder Years 2013 LP over The Story So Far's 2013 LP

TSSF>TWY

ncguitar
12.18.13
Yeah, The Story So Far pulled out a top-50 worthy record imo. Too many chamber-indie-poptronica and unknown obscure bands/artists in this top 50.

klap
12.18.13
yeah fuckin' indie i'm sick of that shit

klap
12.18.13
chamber-indie-poptronica tho

Cerbyrus
12.18.13
Laura Stevenson approves!

Athom
12.18.13
To be honest I can't stand The Story So Far and can slightly tolerate The Wonder Years. That's not a ringing endorsement for The Wonder Years at all, but good for them that they aren't The Story So Far.

Guzzo10
12.18.13
Really? If anything I would take what you said and switch around the bands. I find TWYs intolerable and just boring.

Athom
12.18.13
I hate modern day pop punk in general. I can only tolerate The Wonder Years because "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It" is a good song.

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
I don't think trying to logically predict what pop-punk record the staff would put in their year-end list is the way to go lol... I mean, what, it's what DaveyBoy and Jacob Royal liked and ???? ...

FearThyEvil
12.18.13
I agree with most of these. Have no idea who 6 is though and never listened to 1.

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
"Yeah, The Story So Far pulled out a top-50 worthy record imo. Too many chamber-indie-poptronica and unknown obscure bands/artists in this top 50."

the kind of comments I've come to expect and cherish for sputnik's year-end lists

KangarooSong
12.18.13
No Matangi :'(

FearThyEvil
12.18.13
Wow, i just noticed someone pointed out no Dillinger in the top 50. A lot of good albums didn't make it and a good amount of shit did. It doesn't surprise me though.

FromDaHood
12.18.13
I listened to like 45 records this year and still have TSSF at number 60

FromDaHood
12.18.13
That's only because Floral Shoppe is #1 and #5

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


Athom
12.18.13
all you've proven is that you can copy and paste. good for you. lets all give him a slow clap to show him he's special.

MosesMalone
12.18.13
I like how the staff list was at least 25% death metal. I don't agree or anything but I really can't complain.

Athom
12.18.13
The new Dillinger record was boring. I think I only listened to it twice before I gave the CD away.

Trist66
12.18.13
all you've proven is that I actually haven't disconnected my wifi or quit this site

MosesMalone
12.18.13
BUT WHERES FULL OF JELL GUYS

greg84
12.18.13
I dug it. Not quite as good as Option Paralysis, though.

Athom
12.18.13
You quit at quitting. Quick someone staff this kid.

jmh886
12.18.13
Gave the album of the year a listen. Was k.

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
and then recording For Emma, Forever Ago?

derho
12.18.13
10 and 1 make me happy

CursedBell
12.18.13
List is shit lol butts

ProjectFreak
12.18.13
are people seriously mad that there's no The Story So Far on this list? did you guys listen to that album?

in other news, I have 2 staff top 10s in my personal top 10, which is probably a record


Trebor.
12.18.13
It's like users forget what staff listen to. And when an album doesn't even get a staff review (Story So Far), why would you assume it would be on their list?

Wadlez
12.18.13
Guess electronic isn't staffs thing. A lot of deserving albums missing from the top 50.. BOC, Tim Hecker being notables

Trebor.
12.18.13
Tim Hecker is the biggest surprise

Relinquished
12.18.13
no one gave Autechre a chance not even Dev

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
im not even sure how OPN got on here i only know of one staffer who even listened to it, much less liked it

MosesMalone
12.18.13
I for one thought this staff list was pretty cool. It's certainly going to encourage me to give a couple of these folksy records a shot, and to maybe re-listen to 20/20. I seem to remember not being too fond of the last few staff lists I read soo.

JS19
12.18.13
Yeah I think all the staff just forgot about Tim Hecker

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
too much "chamber-indie-poptronica and unknown obscure bands" yeah

Skoj
12.18.13
shit list is shit fuck

EyesWideShut
12.18.13
not mad at all.

sputnik stay true.

Skoj
12.18.13
Still better than Pitchfork, which is all but an extension of the big music corporations at this point.

Omaha
12.18.13
lol I listen to pop-punk now? the things i learn about myself :o

ABjordanMM
12.18.13
glad to see okkervil river so high up. Although no staff wrote a review for it...

GnarlyShillelagh
12.18.13
whoa

Chortles
12.18.13
hmm no hecker that kinda sucks but gj i ges

demigod!
12.18.13
Wonder how the user top ten will look.

Kris.
12.18.13
all I know is that sempiternal is on the user list so fuck everything

sixdegrees
12.18.13
sempiternal, alter bridge, etc.

theacademy
12.18.13
zach stone is gonna be famous

JS19
12.18.13
lol Sempiternal

AngelofDeath
12.18.13
Not positive, but I think I'm the only person that voted for Tim Hecker or Autechre.

ShadowRemains
12.18.13
9 fuck yeah

kingsoby1
12.18.13
hecker and autechre probably are somewhere on my list, just didn't make my top 25.

Realm
12.18.13
angelofdeathmusic.com

Xenophanes
12.18.13
I'll be honest I dropped the ball on TIm Hecker. honestly just forgot it which is a shame because I love it : /

ShadowRemains
12.18.13
it's time to UNLEASH THE FIREBIRDS

AngelofDeath
12.18.13
I can't even be mad at this list, though. Better than years past and way better than most other music sites.

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
i take sole credit for obliteration even being on this list much less the top 10 so you guys can thank me for that one

ShadowRemains
12.18.13
hyp hyped

Hyperion1001
12.18.13
dont believe it

Bergtatt
12.18.13
Gris, Tim Hecker, Altar of Plagues, The Haxan Cloak, Nick Cave, Ruined Families, Sigur Ros, Rorcal... you love watching lurkers squirm.

Also Ulcerate, Portal, & Grave Miasma >>>>>>>>>> Gorguts. Just saying.

but some awesome picks though, almighty staff! So glad to see Julia Holter at number one. Vali and Ulver were there too (my top two albums of 2013), and Paysage, and Jon Hopkins, and...



ShadowRemains
12.18.13
well it's not like a lot of us weren't going to listen to it in the first place but it all started with matt on this site at least

Hep Kat
12.18.13
all i know is that some more staff other than thomas need to get on try me

cuz obviously aoty 2014 unless tenement's new LP is INCREDIBIBBLE

robertsona
12.18.13
same with sobhi--i like the hecker record well enough, but not enough to land on my submitted list. both virgins and ravedeath do things with hecker's sound that i'm not necessarily in favor of, to be honest

toxin.
12.18.13
i thought we agreed 20/20 wasn't actually that good

evilford
12.18.13
5 is 1 agreed

AngelofDeath
12.18.13
"Also Ulcerate, Portal, & Grave Miasma >>>>>>>>>> Gorguts. Just saying."

lol

LilLioness
12.18.13
Gorguts isn't my type of thing so Portal automatically tops it in that respect.

JS19
12.18.13
Don't agree but weird no Ulcerate here

AngelofDeath
12.18.13
Well, Odori is great, but not as good as Colored Sands, BDH, or Altars' new album. I voted for all of them, though.

toxin.
12.18.13
is #1 the kind of album you have to like to prove your indie cr3d

AngelofDeath
12.18.13
Ulcerate basically made their last album again, and Portal put out their weakest effort to date (albeit still a good album).

evilford
12.18.13
""Also Ulcerate, Portal, & Grave Miasma >>>>>>>>>> Gorguts. Just saying."

lol"

yeah my thoughts on that too

ulcerate was good but even destroyers was better imo. vexovoid ruled but didn't even come close to grave miasma or gorguts imo. also 9 rules but there were probably 4 or 5 other dm releases this year besides colored sands that I liked more

robertsona
12.18.13
"is #1 the kind of album you have to like to prove your indie cr3d"

patience, violent heart!

Green Baron
12.18.13
Not expecting 1 to be 1

ncguitar
12.18.13
I'm not mad at the list - there's many albums I agree with, and it gives me plenty of material to listen/relisten to -, it's just that I miss plenty of records and think it lacks variety genre-wise. I should have clarified that.

Aids
12.18.13
Incredible top 10, and diverse too. Nice work staff.

NocteDominum
12.18.13
Was hoping a surprise entrance for a few .... more alternate metal releases but this list isn't out of place as far as what we all know the staff listen to. Great blurbs as usual guys. Here's to 2014

FeralMemories
12.18.13
Let me get this straight, TDEP gets Best New Music, but doesn't even make the top 50? How does that make sense?

apert
12.18.13
Wtf is JT doing at 2?? Wtf. It's one of the most boring albums I've heard this year, worst staff list in the 2 years I've been here. Haven't even heard of 1 so I can't comment on that, good to see Gorguts, kayo dot, Deafheaven and QOTSA here even if they were very expected, also where is TDEP? Hard to believe it didn't even make top 50

silentstar
12.18.13
how does the staff agree on where to place what?

Trebor.
12.18.13
They measure their penises flaccid and then measure them again while hard and whoever has the largest differential between flaccid size and hard size gets to pick which album is first, and then they go down the line until the person with the smallest differential gets the last pick. It's also a snake (no pun intended) draft type situation so the person with the smallest penis differential gets to pick twice in a row.

apert
12.18.13
Sounds like a sensible method

Deviant.
12.18.13
I didn't get a chance to vote on this, but even I wouldn't have voted for BoC

Kris.
12.18.13
it amazes me that people get so butthurt over these lists.

fish.
12.18.13
"Let me get this straight, TDEP gets Best New Music, but doesn't even make the top 50? How does that make sense?"

Contributors

Athom
12.18.13
Contribs are weighed in the BNM ratings now? I didn't know that. I thought it was if it had enough certain number of staff votes over 3.5 it got that tag.

YoYoMancuso
12.18.13
wow no BoC

fish.
12.18.13
I was under the impression that contribs were now included as of a few months ago

DaveyBoy
12.18.13
For those wondering, The Story So Far's LP did make my list, but around the #20 mark from memory. I can't recall if anyone else voted for it, but it would also have been low, if so.

I actually had State Champs above it. Just a personal preference for the catchier tunes.

I have The Wonder Years just inside the top 10, while someone else (let's call him the closet pop-punk fan among staff) also had it in his top 10 (& higher than I did)!

Wadlez
12.18.13
Wow no BOC [369]

Kris.
12.18.13
"I have The Wonder Years just inside the top 10, while someone else (let's call him the closet pop-punk fan among staff) also had it in his top 10 (& higher than I did)!"


it was channing wasn't it

Tyrael
12.18.13
There are so many albums on this list I never heard of wow

Interesting year

someguest
12.18.13
Maybe if the Staff here wrote a review once in awhile we would have known what would have been in their top 10.

SputnikSweetheart
12.18.13
Wow, what a surprising list! I was totally wrong in my prediction! And more surprisingly I don't know a lot of these records.
At last, I was glad t see a lot more metal as well as other genres on this year list (especially Gorguts, Kayo Dot, and Misery Signals). Great job!

Athom
12.18.13
Every single one of the albums in the top 10 except for Okkervil has a staff review you anthropomorphized anal fissure

SeaAnemone
12.18.13
redsky has more comments on this list than he does in the past 2 years combined I'm prty sure

















this makes me happy

someguest
12.18.13
Excuse me, did I say Staff?

I meant Staff we cared about.

jtswope
12.18.13
Just heard Hubardo for the first time today. Wow!

Athom
12.18.13
And I still wish MX would have list me nuke the userbase all those years ago, but here we are.

Athom
12.18.13
let*

Cygnatti
12.18.13
live*

Wadlez
12.18.13
Hubardo is great agreed. Julia holter is really something but 1 I think is a stretch

Realm
12.18.13
adam that so hard

someguest
12.18.13
You know you don't have to stick up for this list, no matter what red letters follow your name (and even more a reason Yeezus should be in the top 10 - what up Jesus!).

But hey at least it's not as embarrassing as putting Vampire Weekend on the top of your list.

Cygnatti
12.18.13
"Yeah, The Story So Far pulled out a top-50 worthy record imo. Too many chamber-indie-poptronica and unknown obscure bands/artists in this top 50."

maybe 1 or 2 of these 50 have been obscure in any way, shape, or form.

someguest
12.18.13
"maybe 1 or 2 of these 50 have been obscure in any way, shape, or form."

Tell the average person on the street that. Not everyone sits in a dark room scouring for tunes all day.

kingsoby1
12.18.13
Cyg, he's not talking from the perspective of a cyber-dungeon living music nerd.

kingsoby1
12.18.13
which i probably am :(

kingsoby1
12.18.13
except i work and have a family. i dont know how i listen to music even actually

Cygnatti
12.18.13
the average person wouldn't know the story so far either so :x

Realm
12.18.13
that band is awful anyway

someguest
12.18.13
All it takes is a glance at their genre to see that, Realm.

iswimfast
12.18.13
well this is my favorite list (from a variety and written perspective) that the staff has put out in my 4 years here. cheers on that.

BroFro
12.18.13
again, haven't even heard of half of these.

dante1991
12.18.13
"Alice in Chains anyone?" [2]

Also, Alter Bridge.

Haken's the Mountain I felt deserved a place, it was probably my favourite of the year. Also, Dream Theater was their best in years, although I know a lot felt differently.

Glad Steven Wilson's on here, that was a supurb album :)

Amphoteric
12.18.13
I don't think it's possible that at least 50 albums released this year were better than TH

Relinquished
12.18.13
"anthropomorphized anal fissure"

good one

Realm
12.19.13
"All it takes is a glance at their genre to see that, Realm."

dam 123

Skoj
12.19.13
No Lil B.

WHAT THE FUCK TASK FORCE

VheissuCrisis
12.19.13
Surprised there's no Dillinger or Sigur. Got me some music to get listening to.

Relinquished
12.19.13
MisterTornado for staff so next year would be even better

Irving
12.19.13
"But hey at least it's not as embarrassing as putting Vampire Weekend on the top of your list."

And Rudy's boner shrinks ever so slightlyyy

Hep Kat
12.19.13
MISTERTORNADO STAFF 2014


MOTION THIRD'D

Amphoteric
12.19.13
MisterTornado for staff

Yess

theacademy
12.19.13
someguest fucking slaying as usual

Hep Kat
12.19.13
someguest sleighing that jolly rotten bastard

theacademy
12.19.13
someguest's laying that holly jolly grout down

Toondude10
12.19.13
Surprised that Soilwork didn't make it here...

And seriously? Justin Timberlake?

MisterTornado
12.19.13
THERE IS STARVING CHIL-DRAN IN AFRICA AND YALL STILL COMPLAININ' ABOUT SOME DIGITAL TEXT AND A COUPLE NUMBERS. YOU THINK LIL TIMMY IN AFRICA MORE WORRIED ABOUT WHY POST-HARDCORE IS TAKEN SERIOUSLY ON SPUTNIK OR THE HUNGRY VULTURE SWOOPIN' 'ROUND HIS NECK READY FOR A HOT MEAL.

Relinquished
12.19.13
they aint no timmy in africa less he white

Green Baron
12.19.13
relinquished is right.

maybe little aisha

hikingmetalpunk
12.19.13
whoaaaa. no autopsy? no immolation?

Hep Kat
12.19.13
timmy is his christian schooling name fucking duh know you nothing of the plight of africa?

Hep Kat
12.19.13
#firstworldignorance

MisterTornado
12.19.13
"whoaaaa. no autopsy? no immolation?"

#timmy

ShadowRemains
12.19.13
immolation sucked

Funeralopolis
12.19.13
immolation sucked [2]

Skoj
12.19.13
stilll wondering where DEP and Sigur Ros were.

#TimmyBasedWord

StallionMang
12.19.13
You know it's a great-ass year when Sigur Ros drops their best album in 8 years, and it doesn't even make the Top 50

Skoj
12.19.13
tru

someguest
12.19.13
"You know it's a great-ass year when Sigur Ros drops their best album in 8 years, and it doesn't even make the Top 50"

lol

or post-rock has fallen out of grace with the hipsters

p.s. far more likely

Funeralopolis
12.19.13
post-rock album
being good


Cygnatti
12.19.13
does not compute

Gwyn.
12.19.13
"Surprised that Soilwork didn't make it here...

And seriously? Justin Timberlake?"

lol

toxin.
12.19.13
"You know it's a great-ass year when Sigur Ros drops their best album in 8 years, and it doesn't even make the Top 50"
sigur ros sucks though


CarnalMalefactor
12.19.13
Where the fuck is Gris?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

plane
12.19.13
Gris was an oversight. I didn't hear it until I posted my list, but damn it is really awesome.

someguest
12.19.13
Yes it is, Plane. Yes it is.

Cygnatti
12.19.13
sigur ros' new album was nice

laughingman22
12.19.13
needs more gris

Hep Kat
12.19.13
the sigh er rose el pee wasn't that good

i also listened to 3 and a half songs of one oh tricks point nevar and i feel like i was abducted my hipster aliens

dcalderon
12.19.13
New Burial didn't make the list? Or was it just too late to include?

plane
12.19.13
Much too late. It might have dropped in the teens.

dcalderon
12.19.13
Did that happen for Truant EP last year too?

Gwyn.
12.19.13
Yeah, I think the list was already done by the time it came out

joshieboy12345
12.19.13
Never heard of 1, will check it.

fish.
12.19.13
pretty sure he does it on purpose

theacademy
12.19.13
heres a little game for you arseholes:

why does it have to be so difficult to find kesha's artist page on sputnik? try to do it without google and post how many clicks it takes u below:

BroFro
12.19.13
17


fish.
12.19.13
2

dcalderon
12.19.13
Yeah, I think the list was already done by the time it came out

Not that it matters to him (or anyone for that matter), but shouldn't Rival Dealer be considered for next year's list?

theacademy
12.19.13
17 is pretty decent actually

fist youre a fucking liar and everybody here hates you

Treeman
12.19.13
wow im in love with Julia Holter i didnt listen to this until i saw it was number 1 so then I had to so i did and wow its really good and shes amazing gonna wife that sometime and sunbather is a pretty good choice for 2 but cmon i mean tomorrows harvest didnt even make the top 50 like okay i mean i guess thats not okay and actually the biggest problem here is the fact that stay trippy by juicy j didnt make the list seriously whats going on here ok but otherwise solid list staff and contribs have a pos

BroFro
12.19.13
i did it by typing in "ke ha" in the search bar and ke$ha came up in a big giant list of other artists starting with ke

fish.
12.19.13
"fist youre a fucking liar and everybody here hates you"

1 click on find artist
type in ke
enter
ctrl f "$"
1 click on ke$ha

BroFro
12.19.13
goddammit

theacademy
12.19.13
good call

i had searched "keha" and it came up with only 2 results that didnt include ke$h

theacademy
12.19.13
wait where the hell is find artist

theacademy
12.19.13
u be typing special codes what about people who aren't sputnik masters who just wanna look up kesha reviews

fish.
12.19.13
find a band same thing

theacademy
12.19.13
free kesha!

Guzzo10
12.19.13
Hey Adam, I know you said you weren't really into modern Pop-Punk, but what did you think of Captain, We're Sinking's LP this year?

Deviant.
12.19.13
"but shouldn't Rival Dealer be considered for next year's list?"

No

tcat84
12.19.13
On a serious note: where is Listener??

On a fanboy note: where is O' Brother??

Chewie
12.19.13
"fist youre a fucking liar and everybody here hates you"

Fuck that academy, fuck that. This should be a space of merriment for all those once would say that they sputnik'd, and those that do now.

ShitsofRain
12.19.13
i made it on the facebook page!

theacademy
12.19.13
d-chew, u just brought a tear to my eye, dawg

ShitsofRain
12.19.13
to*

kingsoby1
12.19.13
didn't really like gris much

rasputin
12.19.13
i didnt bother listening to it sobhi, im sure im not missing out

kingsoby1
12.19.13
sup dude, long time

kingsoby1
12.19.13
any non funeral doom recs 4 me bro?

tempest--
12.19.13
Seriously, the amount of people saying "where's [this album]" and "no [that album]?" is ridiculous. It's like they have no theory of mind.

kingsoby1
12.19.13
the reason the list is so diverse is because nearly every staffers lists are completely different (with the exception of a few that cross over).

Tyrael
12.19.13
Diversity seems to be good on this case

tempest--
12.19.13
Which is good! I mean, what other website would have JT and Obliteration both in the top 10?

Emyay
12.19.13
soilwork was awful

KILL
12.19.13
hardly

tempest--
12.19.13
even my dad bought the new Soilwork album! and he usually hates dm even if its the gay kind!

TronaldDump
12.19.13
James Blake did not make even top 50?

FromDaHood
12.19.13
Neither did Macintosh Plus :(

Skoj
12.19.13
Yeah wait where the fuck is Listener?

ncguitar
12.19.13
Just realised there's no James Blake... damn

Also, about that Alter Bridge album, there's plenty of magazines that have them among top 10 rock albums of this year

Electric City
12.19.13
Macintosh Plus came out in 2011

Evanpowers
12.19.13
would have liked to see Fever Hunting on here considering you put Is Survived By
But it's cool that Sunbather is so high up so I'm not complainin

Emyay
12.19.13
LOLter Bridge

ShitsofRain
12.19.13
no defeater : (

FearThyEvil
12.19.13
Staff seriously has a hard on for any chick that can play an instrument.

Electric City
12.19.13
i have a hard on of respect for talented female musicians

Relinquished
12.19.13
123

guitarplaya91
12.20.13
Can't believe Direct Hit's "Brainless God" didn't make this list, let alone get a staff review. It's definitely deserves a spot on here.

Irving
12.20.13
^ The two usually go hand-in-hand ahahaha

aircycle
12.20.13
lol no way pth wouldn't have made the top 50 if this was 2008 sput

plane
12.20.13
i have respect for talented musicians*

LilLioness
12.20.13
What is with the asterix?

robertsona
12.20.13
"Staff seriously has a hard on for any chick that can play an instrument."

how does this top 50 list spur on a comment like that??? there are like 5 ladies anywhere on this list

LilLioness
12.20.13
@robertsona Sounds like latent sexism to me.

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
I know there's only 5 females on this list but I swear to god sput can't stop blowing their load with anything Laura does. I love female artists who are good so I'm not being sexist here.

Irving
12.20.13
I've never understood the massive fascination with her music either.

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
She's good but I don't understand the massive acclaim.

plane
12.20.13
Saying things like "can't stop blowing their load" and "I love female artists who are good" and "I'm not being sexist" is........

LilLioness
12.20.13
Anytime you have to preface a statement with "I'm not" it probably means you are.

Relinquished
12.20.13
my cousin did better than stevenson

Relinquished
12.20.13
yes i'm biased idgaf

Aids
12.20.13
so many people that desperately need to get laid itt

plane
12.20.13
Yo Fear, no doubt that your intentions are pure, but your language is not. Laura is not some stand in for all female artists with a guitar, nor is her talent graded on some curve relative to her gender (which you are insinuating, consciously or not). This is a good time for growth here on Sputnik and how we approach writing about artists of all types.

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
Well, I'm saying I'm not because you guys are jumping the gun assuming so just based on what I said which is bullshit to begin with.

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
How about I say what i really meant to say when I made my first statement. I find Laura Stevenson to be really overrated. I haven't heard 1 so I have no idea what to say about it.

kingsoby1
12.20.13
3/10 albums here are female fronted. probably 3/40 of the musicians here are female.

toxin.
12.20.13
yeah but if you limit it to indie then the ratio goes up (and i think that's implicit in his complaint)
although that doesn't make it any less stupid

kingsoby1
12.20.13
There are only 2 traditional "indie/folk" albums here though :-/

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
Anything I said is really just for Laura guys. 4 5/5 reviews for her new album. So fucking overrated. I have no problem with 1 being 1 but the acclaim Laura gets is just ridiculous.

kingsoby1
12.20.13
oh well. she's good live

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
Never seen her live but i just never understood the hyperbole around her. Like I said, she's good but I honestly don't see why everyone thinks she's making the best music around. I say this also because Sit Resist was also hailed pretty similar to the new album if I'm not mistaken.

Funeralopolis
12.20.13
Nobody cares about Laura Stevenson other than staff, mostly Aids, they're just vocal enough to seem like a sea of fangirls.

iswimfast
12.20.13
i will never see the point of arguing and belittling an album because i don't "understand all the acclaim" or you consider it "massively overrated". sometimes things just don't tickle your fancy. there's no point in getting all bent out of shape about it and make it a point to state that people who don't share your opinion are "ridiculous". yes i like laura :3

ShadowRemains
12.20.13
"so many people that desperately need to get laid itt"

they might need to get laid but they don't need aids

fromtheinside
12.20.13
that russian circles album wasn't that good anyway

Jom
12.20.13
Russian Circles brought the chugga chugga but that was about it -- I liked their earlier albums (namely Geneva and Empros) a lot more.

Relinquished
12.20.13
They had the magic down pat on Enter. I thought they went towards the wrong direction on Station but they kept improving for sure.

fromtheinside
12.20.13
agreed enter was something special

Keyblade
12.20.13
"Never seen her live but i just never understood the hyperbole around her. Like I said, she's good but I honestly don't see why everyone thinks she's making the best music around. I say this also because Sit Resist was also hailed pretty similar to the new album if I'm not mistaken. "

You don't like her, other people do. Simple really. You 5'd Sunbather, and I think it's massively overrated and boring apart from 2 or 3 really good songs...you don't see me constantly repeating that itt

toxin.
12.20.13
"There are only 2 traditional "indie/folk" albums here though :-/"
i admittedly did not read the list lol
what about untraditional indie and/or folk
idk i'm just talking out of my ass

kingsoby1
12.20.13
toxin aka asstalker ;-p

omnipanzer
12.20.13
Glad to see Queens made up top but seriously fuck JT.

InFiction
12.20.13
Very disappointed about the lack of Shai Hulud.

fromtheinside
12.20.13
hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaahahahah shai hulud, ok, hahahahaha, ok...

Relinquished
12.20.13
they put on a hell of a show

fromtheinside
12.20.13
so does insane clown posse, grammys anyone?

DaveyBoy
12.20.13
"Staff seriously has a hard on for any chick that can play an instrument."

My avatar would suggest this may be correct (Amy for #1 next year), but I personally couldn't get into Julia or Laura.

omnipanzer
12.20.13
DaveyBoy only gets hard for the women of the WWE.

robertsona
12.20.13
i thought very much the same thing about laura (like, "lol 5/5?") not having listened to her but Wheel is very good indeed imo and made it onto my top 25--something I wasn't expecting at all. and besides, don't we all want to have personal freakouts about records and not bother anyone? i don't really care that chan et al. connect heavily with Laura. maybe i'm not consistent about that all the time tho

DaveyBoy
12.20.13
If you're nice Omni, we can share the Bella twins.

omnipanzer
12.20.13
Wheel should not be in top 10 imo.

omnipanzer
12.20.13
Deal DB!

robertsona
12.20.13
i mean, i only think 1 of these "should" be in the top 10. but instead of being upset when i look at this list im just like "aw sputnik

robertsona
12.20.13
aw man, you can't type heart signs? unbelievable

Truman678
12.20.13
Shaking the Habitual should have made the top 50 but other than that great list

TronaldDump
12.20.13
Haken didn't make the top 50 either, not that anyone cares.

JS19
12.20.13
That album was kinda boring though. Only prog nerds liked it

fromtheinside
12.20.13
how is the knife not on here

Tyrael
12.20.13
Damn I totally forgot about James Blake

thought that was a popular album among staff

toxin.
12.20.13
"toxin aka asstalker ;-p"
this would make for an interesting novelty reviewing account
hmm do i have the time?

toxin.
12.20.13
"i only think 1 of these "should" be in the top 10"
is this just a fancy way of saying the overlap of your top 10 and the staff top 10 is one album?

JS19
12.20.13
Has anyone seen the Pitchfork top 50 albums of 2013? It's actually....

...really good.

Apart from the lack of any metal at all obviously

fromtheinside
12.20.13
why would anyone expect such a thing from p4k

DaveyBoy
12.20.13
Gotta admit that the P4K list was - at the very least - a good read.

Omaha
12.20.13
yeah I think the new James Blake grew off a lot of us. same with Janelle too

fish.
12.20.13
"Has anyone seen the Pitchfork top 50 albums of 2013?"

my pleasant surprise when I saw Yeezus wasn't #1


then my sudden disappointment when I saw what was

JS19
12.20.13
'then my sudden disappointment when I saw what was'

Yeah.... the top 10 were super predictable - popular artists releasing albums that were better than everyone expected to be, but no way worthy of top 10 of the year kinda thing, but 50-10 were mostly a nice surprise

LilLioness
12.20.13
I pretty much wrote Vampire Weekend off the moment I heard that first single. How in the world that could be AOTY for some-actually I do get it. The crowd that makes up P4k's audience has sucky taste.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
okkervil river is SUCH JAM i hope more users decide to listen now??????

Brostep
12.20.13
as far as P4K I'm just happy that Disclosure made it as high as it did

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
'then my sudden disappointment when I saw what was' uh that album is awesome and i totally see how it could be #1 its prob like my 4 or 5

fish.
12.20.13
album's awful and you should feel awful

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
lol dont u dig the national

klap
12.20.13
hey guys vampire weekend ruled your sadness is really affecting me

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
same

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.20.13
ok ok ill listen to 1

theacademy
12.20.13
wow pitchfork's list shits all over yours how did u let this happen guys

theacademy
12.20.13
wow absolutepunk's list shits all over yours how did u let this happen gusy

LilLioness
12.20.13
I'd rather to all ten of the top ten on repeat for eternity than listen to Vampire Weekend whole (and there are a couple here I am not fond of).

theacademy
12.20.13
yea obviously vampire weekend sucks but i mean the rest of the list is better

i ran a couple of regressions and the pitchfork list is a much stronger model

LilLioness
12.20.13
Nah, Sput staff has the least offensive list.

That is what it really always comes down to: least offensive.

theacademy
12.20.13
i'm gonna level with u bro:






















i havent read any other lists besides this one

LilLioness
12.20.13
Sweetie, I know. You really don't see what is on P4k's list.

But seriously, not having Yeezus in the top 1 makes this the best editorial one I have seen.

LilLioness
12.20.13
*don't want to see

klap
12.20.13
i'm glad you're making your feelings known at least!!!1

Hep Kat
12.20.13
p4k is gay, sputnik is gay too

but which is gayer?

answer: rym

LilLioness
12.20.13
@Klap I think you are awesome all the same. :)

toxin.
12.20.13
lillioness i feel bad for you
don't you have anything better to do in your life than get hung over some people liking kanye's new album? what a sad and pitiful life you lead, my condolences to your parents

Funeralopolis
12.20.13
yeezus > your favourite album

Funeralopolis
12.20.13
its 4 in the morning and im zonin they say I'm possessed its an omen keepin 300 like the romans, 300 bitches like we the ones chosen

TheBarber
12.20.13
I feel like 1 is at it's right place

TheBarber
12.20.13
Really can't underwtand 6 though, it doesn't even have a review and barely any people have been talking about it

FearThyEvil
12.20.13
I should probably look into 1. I honestly never even heard of it before this list surprisingly.

toxin.
12.21.13
@thebarber well iirc robin loves okkervil river and so he probably liked it and so other staff probably listened because of it, review notwithstanding

SowingSeason
12.21.13
Interesting list...I didn't hear a good chunk of this but that's not all that surprising considering how MIA I was. 7, 6, and 2 rule.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.21.13
i thought it goes where the trojans

plane
12.21.13
"300 bitches like we the ones chosen"
lol what

klap
12.21.13
would have written an okkervil review but didn't have time this year

tommygun
12.21.13
no need foxxxy's review is beyond perfect

LilLioness
12.21.13
@toxin. A life without Kanye is a glorious one.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
12.21.13
my review was d/e/l/e/t/e/d

Omaha
12.21.13
LilLioness:

You Have One Life Why Spend It Hateing #Yeezus And Being Mad At People???

LilLioness
12.21.13
Jacob, I don't recall saying anything about committing my life to hating an album. We are all just trolling here (as is the sputnik way). All I said is that I liked that it wasn't in the top 10.

Electric City
12.21.13
hating yeezus fulfills me spiritually

Gwyn.
12.21.13
Man a fucking top 10 features an album I don't like I should go kill myself

LilLioness
12.21.13
Don't Gwyn. Who will throw snarky comebacks at me if you do?

Omaha
12.21.13
Lioness:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=95357

LilLioness
12.21.13
I am starting to feel like Kill is the mascot of sput

teamster
12.22.13
You people are so fucking cute. An Autumn For Crippled Children's latest kicks the shit out of Deafheaven's...and no Altar Of Plagues? My AOTY not even in the top 50? Solid.

Apollo
12.22.13
Yeah this list fucking sucks. Way to go staff!

LambsBread
12.22.13
Yeezus is hip hop album of the year omg

Keyblade
12.22.13
"An Autumn For Crippled Children's latest kicks the shit out of Deafheaven's"

Can't disagree

toxin.
12.22.13
"You people are so fucking cute"
glad u noticed my makeup!!!~~~

Gwyn.
12.22.13
Senpai has noticed me!! *-*

XfingTheSullen
12.22.13
No Vermis and no The Living Infinite. The latter is fine, btu the former is a shame.

treeqt.
12.22.13
I SARANG OPPA BUT OPPA DONT SARANG ME BACK ; _____ ;

AngelofDeath
12.22.13
"You people are so fucking cute. An Autumn For Crippled Children's latest kicks the shit out of Deafheaven's...and no Altar Of Plagues? My AOTY not even in the top 50? Solid."

I'm of the opinion that no post-rock and shoegaze-influenced black metal should be on here. Not even Deafheaven.

LilLioness
12.22.13
Angel bringing the hurt over here.

JS19
12.22.13
^ This guy is freaking hilarious

sixdegrees
12.22.13
I cant stop laughing

climactic
12.22.13
he mad

plane
12.22.13
If anyone tells me I didn't listen to IIK or Yeezus I'ma gonna

ShadowRemains
12.22.13
NIGHT BIRDS

Brostep
12.22.13
"Apocalypse and Immunity were terrible albums,"

and just like that your credibility is shot

theacademy
12.22.13
odd future golf wang hurth them badly

Aids
12.22.13
thejon93rd

go outside buddy, have a nice walk around the block

Aids
12.22.13
" terrible albums, overrated too. This site makes me laugh sometimes, it seems like you guys just wanna make yourselves look good by picking out this kind of experimental garbage just to confuse people into thinking "why don't I like this?" Well, you don't like it because it's crap. Pure and simple."

legendary

Aids
12.22.13
GUYS HOW COME TYLER THE CREATOR AND PEARL JAM DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST???

YOU'RE TOO BUSY LISTENING TO EXPERIMENTAL GARBAGE AND PRETENDING TO LIKE IT

NO ONE ON STAFF VOTED FOR SEVENDUST??!?!?!?!?!?!??

theacademy
12.22.13
od future golf wang treat people how you would like to be treated

Brostep
12.22.13
eat that wonton soup

theacademy
12.22.13
odd future golf wang eat a balanced diet

robertsona
12.22.13
Who's out here stanning for Pearl Jam in 2013 except the sad dad cabal

Aids
12.22.13
odd future golf wang get a full ride scholarship to an ivy league school and become a wealthy lawyer

fish.
12.23.13
swag

FearThyEvil
12.23.13
Hey jon, aside from a couple of albums there, this is the best of 2013 not the worst.

Irving
12.23.13
"it's an utter embarrassment to me"

rofl

FearThyEvil
12.23.13
He should be embarrassed he 5'd albums from this year. It really doesn't take much to impress him at all.

FearThyEvil
12.23.13
"5'd 12 albums from this year. Forgot to put how many he gave 5's to this year

Jom
12.23.13
>> You guys should actually listen to the albums before you make a random list like this

Whoops. Our bad. There's always next year.

NocteDominum
12.23.13
This thread escalated quickly, how dare the staff of a review site listen to music others' don't : ]

Seriously though it's not like these guys are going to listen to the same ten albums as everyone else.

ThruThePeephole
12.23.13
Meh, it's not a bad list, but it's not good either.

toxin.
12.23.13
Senpai has noticed me!! *-*
[2]

Gwyn.
12.23.13
"So many of the year's best albums are missing from this "best of" list that it's an utter embarrassment to me. You guys should actually listen to the albums before you make a random list like this, it's obvious you guys didn't even listen to them thanks to the meandering descriptions that read more like a blur than a review."

Jesus CHRIST

FourthReich
12.23.13
plot twist this list embarrasses my udders

Gwyn.
12.23.13
I've been laughing for like 5 minutes straight I'm not even joke my stomach is about to explode

ShitsofRain
12.23.13
tl;dr

ShitsofRain
12.23.13
that was a huge waste of space

FromDaHood
12.23.13
Holy shit that guy's right. How did you guys forget a largely unnoticed Inspectah Deck album that ended up on approximately zero year-end lists? Boy, I hope someone got fired for that blunder.

YouOweYourSoul
12.23.13
This is the worst top 50 in the history of top 50 lists BY FAR. How can you compare 100 different genres between them and then conclude which is the best album from which genre? Someone explain to me how you compare gorguts to julia holter to scale the summit to whatever? There are comparable genres and genres which have nothing in common. In the case of the latter it is stupid and unprofessional to make a list since there is no common ground between the musical directions. Forget this top 50. Go to www.metalhammer.co.uk and check out THE REAL DEAL of this year's top 50 albums.

YouOweYourSoul
12.23.13
Or even better check out my top 50 list whic available on this site to be educated

Omaha
12.23.13
hahahahaha what even is happening here

Jom
12.23.13
Omaha, if you could fucking READ, you would know that you need to go to metalhammer.co.uk to be educated on THE REAL DEAL

YouOweYourSoul
12.23.13
Only nonsense here is this list, the ignorance of the those who created it and the stupidity of those who have accepted it and gave it positive feedback.

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/metal-hammers-top-50-albums-of-2013-all-in-one-place/

THE REAL DEAL!

FromDaHood
12.23.13
If BMTH at 6 is right then I'd much rather be wrong

YouOweYourSoul
12.23.13
Number 6 here is Okkervil River (HAHAHAHAHA) ....enough said

klap
12.23.13
um have you even HEARD will sheff's growls???

theacademy
12.23.13
bmth at 6 is much more appropriate than black sabbath at 3

JS19
12.23.13
***unprofessional to make a list***

lol

AliW1993
12.23.13
"Only nonsense here is this list, the ignorance of the those who created it and the stupidity of those who have accepted it and gave it positive feedback."

I think this is the first comment I've ever read here that's literally had me laughing out loud. Stunning.


plane
12.23.13
"Julia Holter created an atmosphere only paralleled by Gorguts"

Irving
12.24.13
"bmth at 6 is much more appropriate than black sabbath at 3"

THE REAL DEAL


Trebor.
12.24.13
I always knew thejon93rd was an idiot who listened to Sevendust, but I never knew he was THAT big of an idiot who listens to Sevendust

SowingSeason
12.24.13
I like that this top ten wasn't all of the usual suspects for once

Irving
12.24.13
SOWING SIGHTING

*holds hands*

conesmoke
12.24.13
*farts in hands and cupcakes himself to make sure this isn't a dream*

fromtheinside
12.24.13
Only nonsense here is this list, the ignorance of the those who created it and the stupidity of those who have accepted it and gave it positive feedback.

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/metal-hammers-top-50-albums-of-2013-all-in-one-place/

THE REAL DEAL!

SowingSeason
12.24.13
Sup Irving hope you've been holding down the fort for me

conesmoke
12.24.13
lol inside.

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
thejon93rd's comment is probably the worst thing i've ever read on this site

Brostep
12.24.13
oh my god this is almost as bad as last year's list where everyone shat on greg for little/no reason and someone made that legendary pie chart comment

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
and by worst i mean in the stupidity sense

FearThyEvil
12.24.13
Shadow, I don't even think he's listened to 50 albums this year. And yeah, one of the worst comments i've seen.

Trebor.
12.24.13
"oh my god this is almost as bad as last year's list where everyone shat on greg for little/no reason and someone made that legendary pie chart comment"

That moment will never be topped

FearThyEvil
12.24.13
Aww I never saw that comment before.

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
yeah, link?

PunchforPunch
12.24.13
"Go to www.metalhammer.co.uk and check out THE REAL DEAL of this year's top 50 albums."










LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Chortles
12.24.13
this thread is hurting my head i'm gonna go cook lasagna and listen to sevendust

demigod!
12.24.13
nice

sixdegrees
12.24.13
lol fag

klap
12.24.13
the truth

plane
12.24.13
what makes a list correct

should all lists look the same

what is music criticism and how do i do it

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
3 comments from soulmerchant

all retarded

good job

someguest
12.24.13
lol

Relinquished
12.24.13
another one added to soulmerchant's wacky list of comments

i'm gonna get my binoculars to watch this graceful monkey throw more poo at the wind

Rowan5215
12.24.13
RIP ShadowRemains, only a week to live

Keyblade
12.24.13
Bad troll. Biting thejon's style tsk tsk

Relinquished
12.24.13
it's secretly thejon

soulmerchant must be a sevendust lyric

Relinquished
12.24.13
ha jokes on you

it's not a laptop

skeames1214
12.24.13
been listening to Loud City Song a ton since this list came out, and it's definitely one of the best things I've heard this year.

Rowan5215
12.24.13
"It is a laptop - your mom showed it to me when she took it from you and brought it to my house so that she could hold it while i fucked her doggy and exercise her balance"
Why did she need to hold the laptop while you fucked her dog was it for recording purposes or what
Also, why were you fucking her dog you know you can get arrested for that shit man

someguest
12.24.13
list has more stupid than Phil Robertson and Pat Robertson combined

Aids
12.24.13
"closer to the truth"

when we people stop being so narcissistic over other people's year-end opinions?

skeames1214
12.24.13
^

Rowan5215
12.24.13
I don't know if I can read your comment again man it might actually cause me to self-mutilate but I'll try

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
lol this dude is pissing in the wind hard

someguest
12.24.13
He's shitting in the wind.

Liquid gold, orhl.

Trebor.
12.24.13
This guy is like Cone but without the wit and half the IQ

Rowan5215
12.24.13
Cancer has both intelligence and genitalia now it would seem

Irving
12.24.13
I could never really get into that Holter album for some reason.

I guess the joke's really on me huh? =/

toxin.
12.24.13
this thread reminds me of the sputnik of 3 years ago

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
L stands for Losers whores...read it and learn it

someguest
12.24.13
more like read it and weep it

my laughter knows no bounds

iswimfast
12.24.13
i hope this guy is real cuz if not it'll be like santa claus all over again

someguest
12.24.13
I learned that SoulMerchant is

but when he

then I know

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
"IFSRMA"

I Forget Stuff Routinely in My Ass?

Keyblade
12.24.13
:D

Relinquished
12.24.13
I Force Stuff Repeatedly in My Ass

iswimfast
12.24.13
illiteracy.

come one guess faget.

someguest
12.24.13
I Fucking Suck Real Mean Assholes

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
lol no shit sherlock

iswimfast
12.24.13
he's not real at all god damnit

someguest
12.24.13
You're fucking his mother in the ass too?

She said we had something special.

:'(

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
someguest i gave you my sister, don't make me come over there

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
also someone please save soulmerchant's comments into a document on word/pages/etc. before they get deleted

someguest
12.24.13
Oh, right.

That's who I meant!

Relinquished
12.24.13
let it be jom



ShadowRemains
12.24.13
go to his shoutbox for more riveting discussion

someguest
12.24.13
"till then take a break from crack cocaine and sucking dicks."

entirely out of the question

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
rofl

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
cuz baseball is the national sport of canada amirite

skeames1214
12.24.13
what a generic troll

ShadowRemains
12.24.13
yes and we'll inform your friends in the SS that you've been misbehaving

someguest
12.24.13
nothing screams "I'm an comedic innovator" like homophobia

JS19
12.24.13
At least the last troll was funny....

LilLioness
12.24.13
You should have let it go, jon....

AliW1993
12.24.13
Suggestion: fuck off then...

Rhyme
12.24.13
lmao so many implications and assumptions

fish.
12.24.13
words

LilLioness
12.24.13
Because people will be using your words to troll these parts for weeks.

Keyblade
12.24.13
LOFUCKINGL

Omaha
12.24.13
hahahaha what an unhappy douchenozzle we have this Christmas Eve

fish.
12.24.13
" you pricks who think you can get in my head to try and hurt me"

Keyblade
12.24.13
hey gaiz i dont give a shit what you say but im just gonna go ahead and post 3 butthurt essays anyway

oh and treb i hate your girl threads the most you PRICK

Rhyme
12.24.13
"frankly, I don't give a shit either way"

fish.
12.24.13
ima put a worm in his place

AliW1993
12.24.13
Merry Christmas everyone. Spread the love!

AliW1993
12.24.13
'Tis the season of goodwill

AliW1993
12.24.13
You worms/bitches/pricks

LilLioness
12.24.13
Deck the halls all you bitches

Omaha
12.24.13
dick less bitches ***

LilLioness
12.24.13
I would never say that. ;)

LilLioness
12.24.13
That is better, jon. Merry xmas to you too.

fish.
12.24.13
help us hep

JS19
12.24.13
I'm not sure whether I'm more scared if that guy is serious, or if he's actually putting that much effort into trolling. Both are kinda lame

Keyblade
12.24.13
no time for silly birds hep kitty gotta sludge

sixdegrees
12.24.13
classic

Gwyn.
12.24.13
"LOL, you guys are calling me an idiot for criticising a trite list like this? Go fuck yourselves, you pathetic swine. Trebor, you've pissed me off enough over my stay on this site, you can go and listen to some more of your emo shit, and suck on your daddy's limp dick some more, you stupid fucking inept bastard. You're one of the biggest pricks I've ever encountered (and I haven't even seen you before), in fact, this whole fucking site is full of dick less fairies like you. You are nothing but a bunch of emo, negative and dick less bitches on this site. You all make fun of me for sharing my opinion, yet you guys can't even formulate your own favourites of the year. So, instead, you just jump on the bandwagon with all of these lame choices? You make me sick, this whole fucking site makes me sick and I hope you all burn in hell for being the worthless fucking leeches that you are."

You forgot to say you won't post on this site anymore then return the very next day

Irving
12.24.13
"Bitch, I've been through enough in life that a little fucking comment doesn't mean jack-shit to me."

I've found my new favourite quote on this site.

Azn.
12.24.13
You are nothing but a bunch of emo, negative and dick less bitches on this site.

Gwyn.
12.24.13
I'm curious now at how exactly has he lasted three years on this site

Azn.
12.24.13
If we keep doing this maybe he'll care so little about what we say that he'll off himself

Gwyn.
12.24.13
[i]it doesn't mean jack-shit to me[/i]

Keyblade
12.24.13
you think you can get in my head and try to hurt me gwyn? HUH?

Prince1993
12.24.13
Justin Timberlake at 2.. lol

fish.
12.24.13
oh shut up

Keyblade
12.24.13
get outta my head stop trying to hurt me - sevendust lyric

Gwyn.
12.24.13
LOL, he's nothing but an emo, negative and dick less bitch.

Hep Kat
12.24.13
your needle's stuck chubby

klap
12.24.13
why would it be brilliant if it was unimaginative

plane
12.24.13
Hey jon, I checked out some Clutch from your list. Really good! Didn't know it existed this year though, sorry. Metal and hard rock are usually sitting in my blindspots. Anything else off that list you recommend? (A couple staff members including myself voted for Nostalgia 64 but I think it fell in the 70s.)

Chortles
12.24.13
shut up

XfingTheSullen
12.24.13
And no fucking Shade Empire... that is actually depressing.

climactic
12.24.13
Lame list. Half of these are just garbage, experimental garbage.

Electric City
12.24.13
just GARBAGE

Hep Kat
12.24.13
when did planewreck become the "nice" guy

WeepingBanana
12.24.13
just [i]awful[/i]

TheAnimator
12.25.13
The knife - Shaking the Habitual??? Tim Hecker - Virgins???

robertsona
12.25.13
05 fuck em?????

Brostep
12.25.13
100% gutta?

Trebor.
12.25.13
lol he mentioned me by name, that's my favorite

Tyrael
12.25.13
best thread

Hep Kat
12.26.13
dam jon

theacademy
12.26.13
...and Then There Was Jom (1999)
Ruff Ryders/Def Jam


Brostep
12.26.13
what the fuck is going on here

Deviant.
12.27.13
And theJon93rd will not be joining us again... for the rest of his life

Brostep
12.27.13
aw, his comments are now deleted :(

Gwyn.
12.27.13
i'm so glad treb saved that comment on a list

Wizard
12.27.13
Besides Gorguts, I love the metal picks on this list.

AdRock69
12.28.13
where the fuck is Fortress?

JS19
12.28.13
WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT ONE ALBUM I LIKED GODDAM

pinkmaggit69
12.29.13
Palms must have been #51

JS19
12.29.13
#451

FearThyEvil
12.29.13
Awww, I missed jon flipping shit now? I miss everything fun on this site.

Sciroccu
01.01.14
Alice in chains new album is not even in the fifty ????

LilLioness
01.01.14
2014 revival. And AIC is not in the top fifty because it is post Layne Staley AIC.

fish.
01.01.14
there's nothing wrong with post Layne Staley AIC

LilLioness
01.01.14
It is not about anything being wrong with it. It is about it not being AOTY material.

fish.
01.01.14
dumb comments top 50 is more than aoty

and bgwtb is better than everything they put out with staley

LilLioness
01.01.14
AOTY material just means what is good enough to be considered.

fish.
01.01.14
50 albums

someguest
01.01.14
"and bgwtb is better than everything they put out with staley"

Next you going to tell me Sublime with Rome > Sublime, right?

LilLioness
01.01.14
fish you can be a real butts sometimes.

fish.
01.01.14
don't diss my Willy

LilLioness
01.01.14
I said nothing about your Willy.

fish.
01.01.14
tdpdh isn't as good as bgwtb to be fair

FuzzyxPickles
01.02.14
#05fuckem

gbowles
01.02.14
what a weird list. that qotsa album was super overrated. Vista Chino - 'Peace' is my album of the year.

Sciroccu
01.03.14
sure and what about 2014 revival for QOTSA ? AIC should be in the ten...

JS19
01.03.14
But it's not. Because it's some guys' opinions. Deal with it

Sciroccu
01.03.14
I don't really care, it's just strange.

Metalstyles
01.03.14
Why is it strange? It's not like AIC put out an objectively spectacular album this year. I for example thought TDPDH was a generally dull affair, as did many others.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
01.03.14
agreed

Jom
01.03.14
Even if all of the staffers participated in the entry this year, I doubt AIC would have cracked the Top 60-75, let alone the 50.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
01.03.14
i wish i knew which staffers rated okkervil river so high i mean lewis obv but who else (i love them

ShitsofRain
01.03.14
another wild metal guy appears

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
01.03.14
i mean robin lol wats the difference except hes emeritus now so what gives i want individual lists

skeames1214
01.03.14
wht hapn to muzac smh

led zep IV(ever)

Sciroccu
01.03.14
@Metalstyles, I know that it's just a matter of taste but QOTSA bored me quickly (after 10 listens maybe) tho I enjoyed the devil put dinosaur here during many months that's just why I'm so surprised to see one in the top ten and the other not even in the 50. But I was just surprised no offense.

fish.
01.03.14
"But it's not. Because it's some guys' opinions. Deal with it"

yeah basically

fucking staff having different opinions to the generic user list

Irving
01.04.14
Cannot wait to see the users list

JS19
01.04.14
I can

DePlazz
01.05.14
No Voivod or Extol in the top 50? Fuck this list.

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