2013 was quite a year for albums. This is a selection of the year’s best releases. There are quite a few excellent records that didn’t make the list.
10. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
It is a reflective offering with a mix of genre-blending bursts and somber contemplations.
9. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
The industrial veterans return for a sober and composed venture.
8. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Neko Case releases a daring new album with an all-star guest list.
7. !!! – Thr!!!er
The dance punk band finds comfort in new personnel and creates a freer sounding record.
6. James Blake – Overgrown
The album is a singer-songwriter endeavor that has traces of dubstep and trip-hop.
5. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Boards of Canada offer a superb techno effort with brisk elements and entrancing beats.
4. José James – No Beginning No End
A charming jazz meets soul release with hip-hop elements. It is a Blue Note release that continues the trend of giving new life to the genre.
3. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
The band presents new work that lives up to previous efforts; the album rocks with a sinister inclination.
2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The album plays like a love letter to ‘70s disco packed full of cameos.
1. Kanye West– Yeezus
Kanye West attacks with punk energy in a highly artistic effort.