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Albums of the Year 2013

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:

You know it's a strange year when Johnny Borrell releases a good album! Yet that's exactly what he did with his debut solo effort. It's not the album of the year but still, it surprised everyone and makes you wonder if he'll return to the Razorshite days ever again.

With our list pages not live yet on this new version of the website, we're tackling the end of year list a little differently. There's no particular order, just a list of the albums that deserve a mention, along with a few pulled out with album artwork.

2013 was one of the best years for music in recent times. Maybe you had to dig a bit deeper to unearth the gems but it was well worth it. No doubt we've missed a few and we'll keep adding to the list based on your suggestions, so read on and Blab to tell us what we've missed. Also click on an album to read the original Soundblab review.

The Big Releases

Some of the established bands returned this year with possibly their best work. Arctic Monkeys proved they're not afraid to do what they want with the RnB tinged AM. Arcade Fire went a little bit disco while Foals stepped up to headliner status with their heaviest album to date. While Nick Cave proved he still had it at the ripe old age of 56.

Arctic Monkeys
AM
Arcade Fire
Reflektor
Foals
Holy Fire
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Push the Sky Away

The Comebacks

Speaking of old age, David Bowie practically came back from the dead if most gossip mongering arseholes were to be believed these past few years. The Next Day is without doubt the greatest comeback ever and his best album since Scary Monsters. My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields finally gave us what we wanted, it just took him 22 years to do it, thankfully mbv didn't disappoint. Even Suede proved there was still life in old Brett yet.

David Bowie
The Next Day
My Bloody Valentine
mbv
Suede
Bloodsports
Medicine
To the Happy Few

The Psych Revival

Following the likes of Tame Impala and Goat in 2012, the psych revival threw up some modern classics this year. MGMT continued to rid themselves of their early fans while releasing arguably their best album. Hookworms released possibly the debut album of the year but if you're looking for something utterly bonkers, go and dig out the Gnod album.

Pond
Hobo Rocket
Foxygen
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Hookworms
Pearl Mystic
Gnod
Chaudelande
Fuzz
Fuzz
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II
The Flaming Lips
The Terror
MGMT
MGMT

The 90s Alt Rock Revival

At times this year it felt like it was 1991 all over again. In fact the quality of some of the albums you see below was better than some of the originals that inspired them.

Milk Music
Cruise Your Illusion
Parquet Courts
Light Up Gold
Coke Weed
Back to Soft
California X
California X
Speedy Ortiz
Major Arcana
Waxahatchee
Cerulean Salt
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP
Purling Hiss
Water on Mars

Electronic

Electronic music came in many forms this year and continued to push the boundaries. Four standout albums came from Fuck Buttons, Autre Ne Veut, Forest Swords and Tim Hecker.

Autre Ne Veut especially gave us something new with their alt RnB sound. A genre that's been bubbling under for the last few years but seemed to really make sense with 'Anxiety'.

Fuck Buttons
Slow Focus
Autre Ne Veut
Anxiety
Forest Swords
Engravings
Tim Hecker
Virgins

...and then there was this lot

Aidan Baker Always Drowning
Anna Calvi One Breath
Atoms For Peace AMOK
Balbec Two Sides to Every Story
Bardo Pond Peace on Venus
bEEdEEgEE Sum/One
Black Sabbath 13
Bleached Ride Your Heart
Bosnian Rainbows Bosnian Rainbows
Cate Le Bon Mug Museum
Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs Clarietta
Chelsea Light moving Chelsea Light Moving
Christopher Owens Lysandre
Connan Mockasin Caramel
Cults Static
Darwin Deez Songs For Imaginative People
Daughn Gibson Me Moan
Daughter If You Leave
David Lynch The Big Dream
Dean Wareham Emancipated Hearts
Deerhunter Monomania
Doldrums Lesser Evil
Drenge Drenge
Ducktails The Flower Lane
Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record
Empty Pools Saturn Reruns
Everything Everything Arc
Factory Floor Factory Floor
Fat White Family Champagne Holocaust
Fear of Men Early Fragments
Fidlar Fidlar
Future of the Left How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
Girls Names The New Life
Gold Panda Half of Where You Live
Greg Boring Heavy Syrup
Grouper The Man Who Died in His Boat
Gun Outfit Hard Coming Down
Haim Days Are Gone
Iceage You're Nothing
Indians Something Else
Islet Released By The Movement
Jackson Scott Melbourne
James Blake Overgrown
Jamie Lidell Jamie Lidell
Jaws Milkshake EP
Johhny Dowd Do The Gargan
Johnny Borrell Borrell 1
Jon Hopkins Immunity
k-x-p II
King Krule 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Laura Marling Once I Was an Eagle
Local Natives Hummingbird
Los Dos Hermanos Bourbon, Blood & Seafoods
Low The Invisible Way
Lower Plenty Hard Rubbish
Lule Kaine Quiet Volcanoes
Mazzy Star Seasons of Your Day
Merchandise Totale Nite
Moodoid Moodoid
Mudhoney Vanishing Point
Neon Neon Praxis Makes Perfect
Night Beds Country Sleep
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
No Age An Object
No Joy Wait to Pleasure
Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven
Orchestra of Spheres Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music
Pantha du Prince Elements of Light
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold
Parquet Courts Tally All the Things That You Broke
Peace In Love
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Pinkunoizu The Drop
Pins Girls Like Us
Pissed Jeans Honeys
Pixies EP1
Polica Shulamith
Pond Hobo Rocket
Primal Scream More Light
Purling Hiss Water On Mars
pvt Homosapien
Quasi Mole City
Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork
Scott & Charlene's Wedding Any Port in a Storm
SHABDA The Electric Bodhisattva
Smith Westerns Soft Will
Sneeze I'm Going to Kill Myself
Solar Bears Migration
Splassh Comfort
Suuns Images du Futur
Swearin' Surfing Strange
Teeth of the Sea Master
The Cosmic Dead Inner Sanctum
The Fall The Remainderer EP
The Fall Re-mit
The Flaming Lips Peace Sword EP
The Julie Ruin Run Fast
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Men New Moon
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Orwells Other Voices EP
Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin
These New Puritans Field of Reeds
Thought Forms Ghost Mountain
Toro Y Moi Anything in Return
Torres Torres
Toy Join The Dots
Travis Bretzer Making Love
Twin Peaks Sunken
Tyler, The Creator Wolf
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Mind Control
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Wavves Afraid of Heights
Weekend Jinx
White Fence Cyclops Reap
Widow speak Almanac
Wolf People Fain
Wooden Shjips Back to Land
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
Yo La Tengo Fade
Younghusband Dromes
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse
Yuppies Yuppies
Zomes Time Was

Overrated

Every year there's a handful of bands that are hyped to the hills, only to release a debut album that falls a little short of expectations, I'm looking at you Palma Violets. As we're doing the list a little differently this year, here's our albums that we're not sure what all the fuss is about.

Palma Violets 180
Savages Silence Yourself
Deep Vally Sistrionix
The Strokes Comedown Machine
Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

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The Next Day is the album of the year for me. I also really enjoyed Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record and I thought Silence Yourself was pretty decent.

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So much awesome stuff. My faves were Hookworms, Johnny Dowd, The Cosmic Dead, SHABDA and Teeth of the Sea. And pretty much anything on Paradigms Recordings

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It's been a great year, some really great albums that unfortunately will go unnoticed. In a way it's nice that it's all very much underground.

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Some great albums, gonna check out some of the electronic albums

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Some great albums, gonna check out some of the electronic albums

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You should also check out the new East India Youth album, released last week, it's really good.

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one not listed i was very found of is Julia Holter 'Loud City Song'.

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one not listed i was very found of is Julia Holter 'Loud City Song'.

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one not listed i was very found of is Julia Holter 'Loud City Song'.

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one not listed i was very found of is Julia Holter 'Loud City Song'.

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