2013 Albums

Beyoncé

Beyoncé – Beyoncé (2013)

Just when everyone had yelled “Cut! That’s a wrap!” and declared 2013 in music finished in early December — that’s when all the music publications release their year-end lists to get them on the...

8 Great
The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

To be honest, I lost interest in Eminem like 10 years ago when he released “Just Lose It” as the lead single from his fourth album, 2004’s Encore. After releasing two all-time classi...

7 Good
Nocturnal

Yuna – Nocturnal (2013)

With apologies to New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, who took the world by storm this past fall with her smash single “Royals,” Yuna is the burgeoning pop star from the opposite side of the...

8.5 Great
Reflektor

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)

Ever since Arcade Fire‘s “surprise” win for Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards a few years back, anticipation has been sky-high for the inevitable follow-up to 2010’s The S...

7 Good
Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt (2013)

God, I love Pearl Jam. While most “fans” are only intimately familiar with their 1991 debut Ten, and the vast, vast majority of their listenership checked out after 1994’s Vitalogy, ...

7 Good
New

Paul McCartney – New (2013)

Of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney turned out to have the longest, most successful, and ultimately most interesting solo career. While the Rockcrit establishment has deservedly branded John Lennon‘...

9 Amazing
Pure Heroine

Lorde – Pure Heroine (2013)

When I first started listening to music, Britney Spears was 17 and her career was taking off at a considerable speed. Ever since, emerging pop stars — especially female ones — have launche...

6.5 Fair
Days Are Gone

HAIM – Days Are Gone (2013)

Something exciting is happening in popular music right now that we haven’t seen in decades: the line between pop and rock is blurring again. In the ’60s, pop and rock were inextricably lin...

9.5 Amazing
Sons of the Sea

Sons of the Sea – Sons of the Sea (2013)

Until Tom Erlewine compared Incubus to Radiohead in his review of their 2006 album Light Grenades for AllMusic, I had never really considered them that alike. There are some similarities there, for su...

8.5 Great
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