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My Top 25 Albums Of 2013

My 25 favorite albums of 2013. Plenty of great albums didn't make the cut, so don't be mad ;)
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Favorite Track: Shuggie
24Norma Jean

Favorite Track: Wrongdoers
23Son Lux

Favorite Track: Pyre

Favorite Track: 1 1 is

Favorite Track: The Hive
20Kayo Dot

Another gargantuan, eclectic collision of avant-garde, progressive metal, post-rock, death metal, jazz, black metal, chamber music, and much much more from compositional genius Toby Driver.
Favorite Track: And He Built Him a Boat

A stellar ambient album that recalls Eno's prettiest work while conjuring up a series
of compelling and engaging sonic pieces.
Favorite Track: Sand
You're Nothing

The Danish punk rock outfit improves upon an already robust sound from their first
album with the same force that makes them so infectious.
Favorite Track: In Haze
17Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

One of the most enjoyable and stimulating retrospective musical acts of the year
abound with nostalgic pop gems performed through a modern lens.
Favorite Track: Touch
Pink Tape

Colorful, lovable, and quirky k-pop with masterful production and stunning hooks.
Favorite Track: Toy
The North Borders

Smooth, immersive, and gorgeous electronic textures coalesce under a colorful canopy of melodies.
Favorite Track: Emkay
14Danny Brown

Danny proves himself yet again to be one of the most versatile rappers in the
game, and though I prefer the more introspective first half, I always get a kick out
of the volatility of his character.
Favorite Track: The Return
13Of Montreal
Lousy with Sylvianbriar

Kevin Barnes and the band strip down their sound to something focused and
personal, allowing their songwriting ability to shine.
Favorite Track: Obsidian Currents
12Chelsea Wolfe
Pain Is Beauty

The mystical singer/songwriter pulls together her most sonically diverse album to date, incorporating elements of dark wave, electronics, shoegaze, noise rock, and drone atop her introspective gothic rock and folk style… not to mention her gorgeous voice.
Favorite Track: They'll Clap When You're Gone
11The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer

A ferocious, aggressive, and rhythmically complex record that instills tension and
paranoia while managing to be incredibly memorable.
Favorite Track: Prancer
10Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Josh Homme and company return with their best album since their Rated R/Songs
for the Deaf peak.
Favorite Track: My God Is the Sun
9Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest

The electronic virtuosos serve another vast soundscape with considerable detail
and personality.
Favorite Track: Nothing Is Real
8Agnes Obel

A soothing and classical take on songwriting with lush piano, string arrangements, and one of the most angelic voices you'll hear in 2013.
Favorite Track: The Curse
7The Haxan Cloak

The definition of darkness. Excavation is creepy to the point where every square
inch of the music crawls under the listener's skin. Thus, the atmosphere it presents
delves deep into the underground world. Yet despite the shadows it casts, there's a
strange sense of hope at the end. It's some of the most unique electronic music
you'll hear.
Favorite Track: Miste
6Kurt Vile
Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt delivers a solid and spacious rock album with a sweet tinge of haze and
psychedelia. With longer song structures, he manages to make every second of the
music incredibly interesting and enormously catchy. And it all seems so effortless.
Favorite Track: Shame Chamber
5Jon Hopkins

Visceral, gritty, and ragged electronic album that speaks enormous volumes to Hopkins's dexterity as a producer. Favorite Track: Open Eye Signal

A gargantuan album that melds elements of black metal, post-rock, and shoegaze
in a cathartic, intense musical experience about those who are constantly tantalized
by their deepest desires. George Clarke's screams are far from sinister; in fact
they are incredibly vulnerable. He just wants to dream. Though many black metal
purists turn their noses to this album, it's hard to argue that moments like the last
two minutes of the title track are some of the most uplifting sounds heard in
modern metal.
Favorite Track: Sunbather
3The Knife
Shaking the Habitual

Though it may not be the duo's magnum opus (see Silent Shout) this album is
easily The Knife's most ambitious and iconoclastic album. It's a twisted ride that
explores some of the most unsettling aspects of sound while never failing to stick in
one's mind like a parasite.
Favorite Track: Raging Lung
2Altar of Plagues
Teethed Glory and Injury

A gritty, dense black metal album with masterful touches of industrial effects and electronics to give it a sense of unrelenting rigidity.
Favorite Track: A Remedy and a Fever
1Typhoon (USA-OR)
White Lighter

Easily the most emotional piece of music I've heard all year. It feels like a lifetime
captured in 45 minutes of beautiful indie folk from the pressures of growing up to
finding one's place in the world. Additionally, the band contrasts reflective lyrics
with grand-scale instrumentation that is colorful and riveting. Do yourself a favor
and listen to this masterpiece. It amazes me that this has been so overlooked, but
I guess this band truly is Portland's best kept secret.
Favorite Track: Hunger and Thirst
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