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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
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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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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