MUSIC: Best of 2013 (Year-End List) – 50 Foreign Albums

IMG_6791 I can honestly say I’ve listen to more than a hundred albums this year – no exaggeration. See, my commute to work takes an average of four hours a day, and during the latter part of the year, I’m at home every day (aka unemployed) so just imagine what an involuntary semi-hermit such as myself does in my every waking hour. But no complaints. Little things make me happy. Here are 50 albums (LPs and EPs combined) I thoroughly enjoy, ten of which I loved most, and which I believe are not only sonically tasteful, but also brilliant, if not the best, in general sense. In no specific ranking:

  1. Anoraak – Chronotropic
  2. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
  3. BANKS – London
  4. Baths – Obsidian
  5. Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation
  6. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
  7. CHVRCHES – The Bones Of What You Believe
  8. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
  9. Death Grips – Government Plates
  10. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  11. Emily Wells – Mama (Acoustic Recordings)
  12. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  13. Factory Floor – Factory Floor
  14. G-Dragon – Coup D’Etat
  15. Hammock – Oblivion Hymns
  16. How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion
  17. J. Cole – Born Sinner
  18. James Blake – Overgrown
  19. Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
  20. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
  21. Killer Mike & El-P – Run The Jewels
  22. Kilo Kish – K+
  23. Minus The Bear – Acoustics II
  24. Mogwai – Les Revenants
  25. My Bloody Valentine – m b v
  26. Neon Neon – Praxis Makes Perfect
  27. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
  28. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  29. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name
  30. Savages – Silence Yourself
  31. Sigur Rós – Kveikur
  32. Ta-Ku – Songs To Break Up To
  33. Taylor Swift – Red
  34. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
  35. The Internet – Feelgood
  36. The Strokes – Comedown Machine
  37. The Weeknd – Kiss Land
  38. Tyler, The Creator – Wolf
  39. Washed Out – Paracosm
  40. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

Top 10

10. Foals – Holy Fire

Check: ‘Inhaler’, ‘Late Night’

FOALS

9. Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

Check: ‘3005’, ‘Pink Toes’, ‘Telegraph Ave’

8. Rhye – Woman

Check: ‘Shed Some Blood’, ‘One of those Summer Days’

7. HAIM – Days are Gone

Check: ‘Falling’, ‘My Song 5’

HAIM

6. Disclosure – Settle

Check: ‘Latch’, ‘White Noise’, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’

DISC

5. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Check: ‘Graceless’, ‘Heavenfaced’, ‘This Is The Last Time’

Print

4. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

Check: ‘Along’, ‘Still Life’

3. Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Check: ‘Worst Behaviour’, ‘Come Thru’, ‘From Time’, ‘Too Much’

2. Arctic Monkeys – AM

Check: ‘Do You Wanna Know?’, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, ‘Mad Sounds’

1. Kanye West – Yeezus

EVERYTHING

Yeezus Christ Superstar

Also: Best of 2013 – Music Videos and Local Albums

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