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

THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual

Traditional electro-pop, this ain't. Swedish siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer's monstrous epic feels like a calculated affront to the music industry who once awarded them a Swedish Grammy. It's a nightmarish, off-kilter, and just plain masterful collision of ambient synths, tropical percussion, warped vocals, and insane track lengths. The whole thing eschews both radio play and categorization, resulting in an artistic tour-de-force of mood and texture.

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