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Best albums of 2013 … so far

Yesterday, we counted down the top 30 singles of 2013 so far. Today, it’s time for the year’s best albums. And, no, Random Access Memories wasn’t the only record released this year. While last year was all about the newcomers, 2013 has seen a wave of older artists re-staking their claim – from vital returns from Nick Cave and Queens Of The Stone Age to David Bowie’s extraordinary comeback after a decade-long absence. And who could forget My Bloody Valentine trolling everyone with their follow-up to 1991’s Loveless? (Perhaps The Avalanches might follow suit in the second half of the year?)

The list below is a bit less definitive than our end-of-year poll, so don’t hold us to it if some of these albums are relegated to the back of the pack by December. And they more than likely will if the next six months are as good as the last.

40. Owl Eyes – Nightswim

What we said: “Nightswim may not be the daring sonic experiment that Owl Eyes wanted, but there’s enough vision and depth to make even the missteps appear enticing.”

39. Bombino – Nomad

38. Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

What we said: “Regions of Light and Sound of God is the sound of James looking inward, reveling in self-reflection and discovery, and letting us know what he’s found.”

37. FIDLAR – FIDLAR

36. Hungry Kids Of Hungary – You’re A Shadow

What we said: “Coming in under 40 minutes, the record is a smooth ride, the melodies snappy and the warm vocals swathed in reverb.”

35. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

What we said: “On Anything In Return, Toro Y Moi adjusts his focus inwardly, focusing on family, responsibility and adaptation to an often unforgiving outside world.”

34. Underground Lovers – Weekend

What we said: “Weekend is something else altogether: a document of the here and now, of a thriving third act from one of Australia’s most interesting and charming acts.”

33. Beaches – She Beats

32. Paramore – Paramore

What we said: “Under the fiery willpower, Paramore’s guts are still intact, and they deliver post-emo pop metal with a verve that’s unmatched.”

31. Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas

What we said: “An intoxicating blend of strangely alluring, disparate musical ideas.”

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berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 6th Jun, 2013

Queens pipped at the post by The Drones.


...I'll allow it.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 6th Jun, 2013



http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_tSz3xq_c2P8/TEgG9shMmtI/AAAAAAAABcg/ElccPU2-1bM/s1600/KnuckleDragger.gif

d-ren

d-ren said on the 6th Jun, 2013

> needs more metal

metal gets its own list next week!

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 6th Jun, 2013

> needs more metal

metal gets its own list next week!

Can we have In Defence of... Metal instead?

Oflick

Oflick said on the 6th Jun, 2013

A guide to hating non-metal bands.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 6th Jun, 2013

Any excuse to post that midget metal dude

Cpt_Pugwash

Cpt_Pugwash said on the 7th Jun, 2013

http://www.drumandblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/One-Of-Us-Is-The-Killer-DEP.jpg

shaun4891

shaun4891 said on the 8th Aug, 2013

i didn't see any karnivool

dynamo

dynamo said on the 8th Aug, 2013



Maybe the album being released more than a month after the article was written was the reason.

AnnySi

AnnySi said on the 9th Aug, 2013

metal will be included in its own top list!

GOLFJIM

GOLFJIM said on the 9th Aug, 2013

no wolf or yeezus????

shazie

shazie said on the 9th Aug, 2013



This list was made on the 6th June, Yeezus was released about 12 days later.

chrisdsingh

chrisdsingh said on the 10th Aug, 2013

its cool to not like yeezus now

Oflick

Oflick said on the 11th Aug, 2013

It is? Damn. Once again, I'm not cool.

shazie

shazie said on the 11th Aug, 2013

You know what the song says:

It's hip to be square.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 11th Aug, 2013



wolf was in a top 5 at the end of the article.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 11th Aug, 2013

You know what the song says:

It's hip to be square.

that is so lame.