Favorite Albums of 2013.

Published in: Reviews.

It’s the time of year when folks start putting out their “Best Of” lists. Here are my favorite albums of 2013, unranked.1

A Note on Methodology

My style of music discovery and consumption isn’t very critical. I keep an eye on NPR’s First Listen and Pitchfork’s Best New Music and listen to the albums. If I like the album, I add it to a yearly playlist on Spotify, which I listen to while I’m working. At the end of the year, I look back and cull the albums that I’m most fond of. This results, generally, in albums that stood out enough for me to see who it was while it was playing. Albums that are subtle in their quality or have a familiar sound tend to get lost in the process. It is what it is.

The List

  • Arcade Fire: ReflektorAlbum cover of Reflektor by Aracade Fire
  • Willis Earl Beal: Nobody Knows.Album cover of Nobody Knows by Willis Earl Beal
  • Jake Bugg – Shangri LaAlbum cover of Shangri La by Jake Bugg
  • Daft Punk: Random Access MemoriesAlbum cover of Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
  • Ivan & Alyosha: All the Times We HadAlbum cover of All the Times We Had by Ivan & Alyosha
  • Leagues: You Belong HereAlbum cover of You Belong Here by Leagues
  • Poliça: ShulamithAlbum cover of Shulamith by Poliça
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: That’s It!Album cover of That's It! by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Public Service Broadcasting: Inform – Educate – EntertainAlbum cover of Inform - Educate - Entertain by Public Service Broadcasting
  • Josh Ritter: The Beast in Its TracksAlbum cover of The Beast in Its Tracks by Josh Ritter
  • The Shouting Matches: Grownass ManAlbum cover of Grownass Man by The Shouting Matches
  • Typhoon: White LighterCover of White Lighter by Typhoon
  • Volcano Choir: RepaveAlbum cover of Repave by Volcano Choir

On Spotify? Here’s the playlist. And here’s everything I’ve been listening to this year.

  1. Don’t make me choose!

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