Twenty-thirteen was a mind-boggling year for music. I didn’t buy all of the albums in this collage, but i did purchase several of them. I just can’t believe the volume of good music that was released this year. Maybe it’s just that my musical horizons have broadened, but i’ve got a 2013 playlist on Spotify that’s sixty-four hours long. That’s about half as long as my playlist for the entirety of the aughts.
I can’t possibly mention every album that was released this year, but here are a few things that stick out in my mind:
Charli XCX finally released an album. I waited a long time for this, and it didn’t disappoint me—although the best tracks on the album are the ones i had already heard from her teaser singles.
Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories disappointed me. The single Get Lucky was so damn good, and they hyped the album so much that i expected something more exciting than this weird collection of lounge music. If only Pharrel Williams was on every track, it would’ve been a much better album.
Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, and Queens of the Stone Age all came back with really solid new albums.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’s new album Mosquito is terrible. I don’t know what happened to them, but i was really disappointed by this one.
Paramore, Thom Yorke—i mean Atoms For Peace—Tegan and Sara, The National, and a number of other bands i already loved put out really good new albums.
I hated Ra Ra Riot’s new album Beta Love when i first heard it. It sounded so auto-tuned and so different from the sound i fell in love with years ago. But then it grew on me, and i wound up buying a used copy of it.
And my Favorite Album of 2013 goes to newcomers CHVRCHES. The minute i heard their EP, i began to anticipate the full album. Bones of What You Believe is truly enjoyable from start to finish. I don’t remember how i discovered CHVRCHES (pronounced “churches”), but i’m glad i did.
This year i got to see the following acts in concert:
- David Byrne & St Vincent
- Joanna Newsom
- friggin’ Björk
It’s not a super long list, but i still felt like i had a really great year for seeing concerts. I mean, i finally saw Björk!! Now i just need to see Billy Corgan some day before i die.
Björk at Pitchfork. Photo by Amanda Hatfield