Best Albums of 2013

This is a list documenting my most beloved albums of 2013. It is not a window into my soul or a reason to lambast Kayne West, Daft Punk, or Vampire Weekend for making wildly overpraised albums. Alright, maybe there's a little bit of that, but what's most interesting is the absence of that full-blown masterpiece early on that made the race to the top a foregone conclusion. So, without further ado, here are my favorite records of 2013!

Best Albums of 2013

SON LUX Lanterns

Mastermind/producer Ryan Lott has so many musical reference points (from hip-hop, electronic bedroom pop, R & B, anthemic indie rock, classical arrangements, cinematic orchestral movements, etc) that one might suspect his majestic third album Lanterns to topple under the weight of self-indulgence. Instead, this is the work of a sincere artist shifting between styles and moods relentlessly and with such bold confidence that it's a miracle the songs actually resonate beyond the bombast. Epic, rousing, brilliantly conceived art-pop that taps into that imaginative space in the brain that breeds pleasure.

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