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My Favorites From 2013

2013 started off slowly for me, but damn did it get crazy in the last two months! I've found myself pleased with a few metal albums (surely better than 2012, I'll tell you that much,) but for the most part I'm finding myself more and more drawn to electronic and indie. My goal for this year was to dive deeper into metal, and to familiarize myself more with what I've always considered to be my niche. But the more I tell myself to do it, the less interested I become. So the best of 2013 for me is a mixture of the familiar and the recommendations you guys probably gave me at some point! This year's been awesome, and I'm excited to see what great releases are around the corner.
20Olafur Arnalds
For Now I Am Winter


Post-rock composer Olafur Arnalds experiments with vocals, and it works way better than you'd probably think. 3.5 / 5
19Stolas
Living Creatures


Solid post-hardcore right here with friends in the right places. These guys just need a charismatic vocalist to propel them to the success they deserve. 3.6 / 5
18Ghostface Killah
Twelve Reasons to Die


I dunno, I did expect to like this one more. The production is stellar, and makes me want to make a thousand jokes about how Tarantino should at least do something with the album. Maybe Ghostface's flow will grow on me at some point, but I'm not really counting on it. 3.7 / 5
17Foals
Holy Fire


I was hoping for this album to be more consistent, but if the highlights are killer then what's the problem? I'll be rocking "My Number" until the band's next release, and I have no complaints. 3.7 / 5
16Mice Parade
Candela


A lovely blend of shoegaze and indie. I'm surprised this album hasn't gotten more recognition around these parts. 3.7 / 5
15 K Sera
Collisions & Near Misses


Nah, the album doesn't feel too original, but that doesn't make it any less catchy. Casey Crescenzo approves of it, too! 3.8 / 5
14TTNG
13.0.0.0.0


TTNG makes its most spacious record yet, in order to give new singer Henry Tremain room to work with. There are some infectious jams here, and I appreciate them much more after seeing them live. 3.8 / 5
13Bonobo
The North Borders


Bonobo goes low-key here, and it suits him well. I just can't get enough of "Cirrus," although the rest of the album is just as great. 3.8 / 5
12Baths
Obsidian


Obsidian is the dark, grimy and ugly counterpart to Cerulean, and it works a lot better than one would expect. 3.9 / 5
11Kurt Vile
Wakin on a Pretty Daze


The simplest of records, which is probably why it's so enjoyable. 4 / 5
10Omnium Gatherum
Beyond


It's all about the atmosphere on this melodic death metal release, and that fact leads to Omnium Gatherum's most satisfying release yet. 4 / 5
9Gold Panda
Trust


I really dig the low-key direction Gold Panda took with this one-- and this is coming from the guy that thought "Vanilla Minus" was easily the best track on Lucky Shiner. 4 / 5
8Suuns
Images du Futur


Weird as hell, and catchy as hell. 4.1 / 5
7Tera Melos
X'ed Out


Tera Melos aren't the weird-ass instrumental band they used to be, and this stab at surfer-pop-rock-whatever shows it. X'ed Out is a culmination of the attempts at innovation found on Patagonian Rats-- it's about damned time they got to this point.. 4.1 / 5
6And So I Watch You From Afar
All Hail Bright Futures


The craziest post-rock group around gets even crazier, and I'm all ears. 4.1 / 5
5Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light


Nothing drastically new, but is that a problem? 4.1 / 5
4The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer


It's raw, it's messy and it's certainly not perfect. But hell, Dillinger still knows how to blow us away from one album to the next. The production's fantastic, the songs bring an insane amount of variety, and Greg Puciato sounds better than he ever has. 4.1 / 5
3James Blake
Overgrown


Color me impressed. James Blake's debut was too scattershot for me, but this release is remarkably consistent-- each song is equally potent, while bringing something new to the table. The album is as intimate as Blakes' previous works have wanted to be, and it's a thrill to hear the evolution that the musician's taken part in. 4.3 / 5
2Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience


What can I say -- all the best things about pop music, presented in a stunningly ambitious way. I particularly love the production here, even though Timberlake gives a great vocal performance throughout. 4.5 / 5
1Scale the Summit
The Migration


I suppose I'm a progressive metal junkie at heart-- at the same time, though, how metal is this release? on The Migration, Scale the Summit continues to defy the ultra-specific genre tags placed upon them, and I love them for it. 4.5 / 5
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