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Honorable Mention Albums of 2013

December 6, 2013

Foals Holy Fire
Foals do their best Coldplay impression, not musically, but in size and scope. They come very close.

Bastille Bad Blood
Another great EDM album with several songs that should/could become hits.  The song Bad Blood was one of my favorites this year.

Avicii True
A unique blend of dub step, country roots and soulful singing makes for a delicious grab bag of an album.

The Strokes Comedown Machine
They will probably never make an album as good as Is This It or Room on Fire but this album reminds us just how good they can still be.

London Grammar If You Wait
It’s easy to compare them to Florence + the Machine or The XX and when that is who you are compared to, clearly you are doing something right.

Arcade Fire Reflektor
I actually enjoyed some of these songs which is surprising since previously I enjoyed one or none on previous albums. I’d like to give them more credit but honestly had the producer not been James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame I would have slid them over to my list of Worst albums of 2013.

Tegan and Sara Heartthrob
The ladies try their hand at 80’s inspired music and remind us of the good old days of The Go-Go’s and Banarama. That’s not a bad thing.

Lorde The Love Club EP
5 tracks of monster hits. Had it been a full album it would have made the Best
list. Pure Heroine was decent but as a follow up to this EP it was a big disappointment.

Deafheaven Sunbather
The album cover, which is pink, is incredibly misleading. Deafheaven are a hardcore, post metal band that combine their scream-o with shoegaze and my, oh my, the result is thrilling.  It’s a musical journey with highs and lows, lyrics need to be printed.

Torres Torres
It’s a chick and a guitar and I know what you are thinking, how could that make for a good full album? Torres figured that out. Listen to “Jealousy and I”. Great, great song.

The Field Cupid’s Head
This album is straight up dope. It’s a great headphone album to get lost in. The pulsing synths, distorted sampling and rhythmic basslines are nothing short of mesmerizing.

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