Monday, January 13

Monte's Favorite Albums of 2013

Favorites of 2013 - Albums

As most of you who read my music posts know, I'm all over the place. While I didn't get to listen to everything new or critically acclaimed, I had a chance to discover some new bands. This year I also made the return to soundtracks, specifically vintage horror scores being reissued by some passionate companies. I also rediscovered my love for jazz/soul/R&B. These are just 25 (a hard cut considering I started with a list of 50) of my favorite albums released in 2013, enjoy and please share your favorites too.

Arctic Monkeys – AM
Their sound has evolved, morphing into different forms but this album is reminiscent of the vibe that I loved in their early career.

Autre Nu Veut – Anxiety
Not for every taste, but for those willing to take a trip with a unique electronic R&B experience.

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
The hiatus hasn’t hurt this band, back in excellent form with a sound fit for a soundtrack.

Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” puts every emotion into every track.

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Dark and melodic, Chelsea Wolfe paints a beautiful dark dream.

CHVRCHES – The Bone of What You Believe
How I want pop music to sound.

Dawes – Stories Don’t End
Dawes makes the best road trip album of the year. 

Disclosure – Settle
Another pop infused and transformed album that could be the best dance album of the year.

Haim – Days Are Gone
A mix of just about everything in a group that just wants to take over your playlist.

Holy Ghost! – Dynamics
They haven’t changed the formula over their short career, but this album still has the appeal of catchy hooks and pulsing beats.

Inc. – No World
A group trying to sound like late 80's, early 90's R&B while twisting the sound into something new.

Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady
Prince is on this album and Janelle outshines him. Enough said.

Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God

James experiments with his sound, making an album filled with creativity.

The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Continuously good, this band seems to get better in different ways with every album.

The Neighbourhood – I Love You.
The strongest radio album this year.

Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
The best lead off track of any album this year, and it only gets better.

 Rhye – Woman
A beautiful album with a vocalist that is mesmerizing.

Savages – Silence Yourself
The battle cries of the lead singer  absorbs with confidence and journeys into exciting territory.

Sebedoh – Defend Yourself

Not as wild, not as loud as they use to be, but still quality listening.

Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
Change is good and this band continues to transform in a good direction.

Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
You never know what’s coming next, that’s a very good quality.

Volcano Choir – Repave
Justin Vernon has an captivating quality in his music. With the addition of a few other talented artists, the result was an album I listened to on repeat.

Weekend – Jinx
A good second LP is a hard thing to find.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
A record store employee recommended this to me. An album mixed with fuzzy, feedback heavy guitars with surprising 
melodic vocals.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
I initially wrote this album off, but on a random shuffle of some music came across the song “Despair”. Changed the whole album for me.

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