Raul Stanciu

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55 Albums For 2013

After weeks of multiple listens, I decided to stop and post this. There are a lot of questionable choices, but these are the records I've listened most to this year. I tried to make the top 25 as accurate as possible.
1The National
Trouble Will Find Me

This record got me into The National and I still can't let go of it. It is amazing.
2Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks

Not your usual aggro Reznor fix, but this is what makes it more interesting. Happy to see Trent back in action with NIN.
3Causa Sui
Euporie Tide

The best summer record released this year for me. Each song is carefully and gorgeously constructed and the grooves are downright infectious.
4The Ocean

Loving everything from the concept to the music. There is no filler, just pure awesomeness. I totally regret missing them twice this tour.
5Bad Religion
True North

No one does punk rock better than Bad Religion. Returning to the short and to-the-point formula after the more alternative Dissent Of Man, True North is everything you could wish for from the band.
6Alice In Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Probably 2/3 of the fanbase will never get over the fact that Layne Staley's dead and the band moved on. Even though some of the tracks overstay their welcome, the material is impressive.
7Queens Of The Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Not quite your usual QOTSA. ...Like Clockwork doesn't bash you in the head, it crawls and slowly secures its place.
Role Model

9David Bowie
The Next Day

David Bowie is forever.
10Front Line Assembly

Keeping industrial alive, Bill Leeb constantly churns great material. Even if the guitars are completely missing (and sometimes missed), Echogenetic features traces of the original FLA, especially gems like Tactical Neural Implant or Caustic Grip.
Earth Rocker

Sounds like a rebirth for the genre!
Crucial Velocity, Cyborg Better, Oh Isabella & Book, Saddle and Go
12Depeche Mode
Delta Machine

Much like David Bowie, these guys can always be counted on.
Secret To The End, Alone, Soothe My Soul, Angel
13Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused To Sing

I wish Porcupine Tree were back, but this is good.
Drive Home, The Raven That Refused To Sing, Luminol, The Watchmaker
14Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

A lot of people hate it, but it's fun.
Get Lucky, Fragments Of Time, The Game Of Love & Give Life Back To Music
15Pet Shop Boys

Old school techno/rave nostalgia.
Fluorescent, Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, Vocal & The Last To Die
The Sun Comes Out Tonight

Patrick's anger gets a bit polished, but it still hits the spot.
We Hate It When You Get What You Want, Surprise, It's Gotta Be Right Now, This Finger's For You

Not as good as III, but still, it's Sasquatch.
Money, The Message, Sweet Lady & Eye Of The Storm
18Monster Magnet
Last Patrol

Their most potent record since 2004's Monolithic Baby! Nice to see them back on track.
End Of Time, Last Patrol, Mindless Ones, Paradise
19Coheed And Cambria
The Afterman: Descension

Not as good as the first part, but still very enjoyable.
Number City, Sentry The Defiant, The Hard Sell & Gravity
Echo Street

Even though it lacks the attitude of their previous stuff, it's nice and different in a Porcupine Tree way.
Matmos, Where The River Goes, Between Today And Yesterday & Extra Vehicular
The Fury Of A Patient Man

Fun! Fun!! Fuuuun!!!
irish Dart Fight, Signed Epstein's Mom, Salty Thumb & Charles Bronson Pinchot
The 5th Sun

These guys are getting massive!
Icarus, Suns, Birth Of Venus, Circles
23How To Destroy Angels
Welcome Oblivion

Reznor's wife is so hot, I don't care about anything else.
Strings And Attractors, Ice Age, How Long?, Keep It Together
24Thomas Dybdahl
What's Left Is Forever

Left unnoticed on Sputnik, this album is his best since 2004's One Day You'll Dance For Me, New York City.
Man On A Wire, Soulsister, Easy Tiger & This Love's Here To Stay
25Samsara Blues Experiment
Waiting For The Flood

Following the debut's blueprint and the more immediate approach of the second record, Waiting For The Flood is highly enjoyable.
Shringara, Waiting For The Flood, Don't Belong, Brahmin's Lament
Messe I.X-VI.X

Son Of Man, As Syrians Pour In...., Shri Schneider
27The Black Angels
Indigo Meadow

You're Mine, Love Me Forever, Indigo Meadow
28Primal Scream
More Light

Invisible City, Elimination Blues, River Of Pain
29Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Specter At The Feast

Hate The Taste, Sell It, Fire Walker
Oblivion Hymns

Holding Your Absence, I Could Hear The Water At The Edge Of All Things, Like A Valley With No Echo
31Toner Low

These guys are a must see live! The bass moves your bowels.
Phase 6, Phase 8, Phase 7
32Skinny Puppy

illisiT, wornin, survivalisto, solvent
33Daniel Romano
Come Cry With Me

I'm Not Cryin' Over You, Middle Child, He Lets Her Memory Go

The Last Day, The Lonely Night, A Case For Shame, Almost Home
Museum Of Consciousness

The Aquatic Garden Of Celestial Delights, Juggling Molecules, How The Jellyfish Jumped The Mountain
36The Flying Eyes

Eye Of The Storm, Rolling Thunder, Under Iron Feet
37 Buckethead
Pikes #13
Scream Queen

Scar, Blindsided, Do You Really Know

Sputnik, Rocket To The Sky, Mass Of Pluto
Forever Becoming

Deny The Absolute, Immutable Dusk, Vestiges
41The Flaming Lips
The Terror

Be Free A Way, The Terror, Look...The Sun Is Rising
42Red Fang
Whales And Leeches

Blood Like Cream, DOEN, This Animal
43Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

Getaway, Mind Your Manners, Sirens
44Five Horse Johnson
The Taking Of Blackheart

Mexico, Quick On The Trigger, Smash & Grab
Pearson's Square

Eagle's Flight, Pearson's Square, Heart's Delight, Eagle's Nest
46The Flower Kings
Desolation Rose

Tower One, Dark Fascist Skies, White Tuxedows
47Arcade Fire

Reflektor, We Exist, You Already Know
Loud Like Love

Loud Like Love, Scene Of The Crime, A Million Little Pieces
Still Life With Eggplant

Hell Part 1-3, Barleycorn, August
50Rob Zombie
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

Occasionally, a nice listen.
Revelation Revolution, Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin, Dead City Radio, Lucifer Rising.
Awesome Science

Poetry Of Light, The Apple That Never Fell, A Majestic Story
52Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
Black Pudding

Shade Of The Sun, Mescalito, Thank You
Tears On Tape

This is here pure out of fanboy-ism and teenage nostalgia.
All Lips Go Blue, WLSTD, Hearts At War
54Wooden Shjips
Back To Land

Everybody Knows, Ghouls, In The Roses
From The Ages

Uluru Rock, Violence Of The Red Sea, Equus October
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