2013 was quite a year for albums. This is a selection of the year’s best releases. There are quite a few excellent records that didn’t make the list.

10. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

It is a reflective offering with a mix of genre-blending bursts and somber contemplations.

9. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

The industrial veterans return for a sober and composed venture.

8. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Neko Case releases a daring new album with an all-star guest list.

7. !!! – Thr!!!er

The dance punk band finds comfort in new personnel and creates a freer sounding record.

6. James Blake – Overgrown

The album is a singer-songwriter endeavor that has traces of dubstep and trip-hop.

5. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Boards of Canada offer a superb techno effort with brisk elements and entrancing beats.

4. José James – No Beginning No End

A charming jazz meets soul release with hip-hop elements. It is a Blue Note release that continues the trend of giving new life to the genre.

3. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

The band presents new work that lives up to previous efforts; the album rocks with a sinister inclination.

2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

The album plays like a love letter to ‘70s disco packed full of cameos.

1. Kanye West– Yeezus

Kanye West attacks with punk energy in a highly artistic effort.

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