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2013: Top 30.

My own top 30 list of 2013's albums. A couple of notes: - I did not include Parquet Courts on this list. It was a 2012 release that was issued through a label in 2013. It would of probably ranked amongst my top 10 had it been a 2013 release. - Though I own a copy of Shaking the Habitual by The Knife, I haven't had the strength to listen to it. It feels too demanding to listen to it in it's entirety at the moment. I feel ashamed to leave it off my list without even trying yet. - No metal on this list. Sorry.
30Pusha T
My Name Is My Name

Classic Push. Far from perfect, but so enjoyable given my love for Clipse.
We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors...

I thought this album would rank much higher when I first heard it. It's still fantastic, but
the frequent negative exposure Foxygen faced in 2013 turned me off as the year went by.
It seems as though this album is the only good thing about the band as a whole.
28My Bloody Valentine
m b v

Let's get this out of the way: 22 years later, and that's it!?!?! I don't dislike the album, it
clearly made my list. My concern is that it scored nearly as high as Loveless. This is no
Loveless. Is it really that good, or do people just play pretend sometimes?
27Action Bronson
Blue Chips 2

Good album, but I feel like I'm listening to a H&M music sampler whenever I play it.
Days Are Gone

Probably nothing memorable, but I did enjoy it a lot.
23ASAP Rocky
Silence Yourself
21Janelle Monae
The Electric Lady

It was a big year for albums that divide themselves in two for the listener (Arcade Fire's
Reflektor, Danny Brown's Old, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience). This I find
encourages the listener to sometimes pick a favourite half, creating a possible lack of
attention towards the less enjoyable half. The Electric Lady's first half is stellar. The latter
half seems a little too lengthy, but not exactly unenjoyable. I could of ranked this album
way higher if that wasn't the case.
20ASAP Ferg
Trap Lord

It didn't take much to get me to like this album more than I did Rocky's. The whole Trap
thing will probably get washed out real quick, but for now it's relevant and fun as hell.
Trap Lord also reminds me of Busta Rhymes' The Coming/When Disaster Strikes...
19Volcano Choir
18Kurt Vile
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
17Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Great "comeback" album by QOTSA. Really enjoyable from top to bottom; something their
two previous albums lacked in my opinion.
16Earl Sweatshirt

With the exception of Frank Ocean, this will most likely be the last thing I care about when
it comes to Odd Future. This album was overhyped. It didn't deliver what most were
expecting, but it's still pretty damn good. The only negative comment I can make is how
Earl depends on featured guests to make songs accessible. If it wasn't for all the guests,
would it still be as good?
15James Blake

I'm upset that James Blake's sophomore album isn't on many "best of 2013" lists. I can
argue that it might be better than his debut. It's way more complete. The production on
this album is pure gold.
14Mikal Cronin

Beautiful record. Sweet and simple, but definitely memorable.
13David Bowie
The Next Day

So glad to have this on my list. Great album by Bowie. Rock music needed this.
12Chance The Rapper
Acid Rap

Not on as many "best of 2013" lists as I expected. If you haven't heard this yet, please
9Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels

If there was a Tag Team Championship in music, El-P and Killer Mike would have been
champs since R.A.P. Music dropped in May 2012.
8The National
Trouble Will Find Me

They'll always have a spot reserved in my top 10. A great album that follows two classics
in a row.
Nothing Was The Same

This year, Drake's album ranked one spot higher than my favourite band's new album. I
still don't know if it's ok for me to like Drake.
You're Nothing
5Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

In 10 years from now, I can see this album being ranked amongst the top 20 pop albums
of all time. I might be wrong. I might be nuts. There is so little pop music worth
discovering and abusing of. This is pop at it's finest.
4Arcade Fire

Where I'm from, you're just supposed to like Arcade Fire nowadays. Though I've been a fan
since Funeral, it's great to see that even when making an album for everyone to love, the music
remains sincere. The double album concept however perplexes me. I don't think it was
necessary. Am I supposed to feel like I'm listening to two short albums? Is their a contrast from
one disc to another that I'm not grasping? Am I missing the point entirely?
3Danny Brown

2Kanye West

I can tell you everything the magazines and websites have already said about this album. I
think this is yet another classic album in Yeezy's near perfect discography. I don't care much
for his fashion talk. I don't care much for his hate on paparazzi. You can call him an idiot.
You can call him a genius. When it comes to his music, everyone has an opinion. POWER.
1Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City

I've heard many say this album distances itself too much from their previous work. The
reasons to say so are evident; there is so little guitar on the album, 6/12 tracks can be
considered ballads, and the once peculiar/quirky traits associated with Vampire Weekend
have now been made accessible to a larger audience. The band describes their third studio
album as a conclusion to a trilogy, which wraps up the beginning of their so far successful
career, and prepares them for the unknown. The adolescent vibes from the band's debut
album are now minimal. Contra served as a perfect midpoint as to what they were, and what
was to come. Modern Vampires Of The City Vampire Weekend's mature masterpiece.
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