Paste Best Albums of 2013

It’s that time of year when the lists come fast and the disagreements come furious. Paste and I agreed that Phosphorescent’s Muchacho was the album of the year: you can read an abridged version of my review here at número uno atop Paste’s 50 Best Albums of the Year, or read the original piece here. I also contributed new capsule blurbs about Earl Sweatshirt and Cass McCombs, and blurbs for Autre Ne Veut and Deerhunter are excerpted from my longer reviews here and here.

For those keeping score, here were my 25 favorite albums of 2013. Feel free to throw Burial’s Rival Dealer EP in there just about anywhere:

Phosphorescent Muchacho

1. Muchacho, Phosphorescent
2. Shaking The Habitual, The Knife
3. Monomania, Deerhunter
4. Big Wheel & Others, Cass McCombs
5. Cerulean Salt, Waxahatchee
6. Anxiety, Autre Ne Veut
7. Loud City Song, Julia Holter
8. Excavation, The Haxan Cloak
9. Dour Candy, Billy Woods
10. Don’t Tell The Driver, Mick Turner
11. Torres, Torres
12. Silence Yourself, Savages
13. Slow Focus, Fuck Buttons
14. Year Of Endless Light, Wilder Maker
15. MCII, Mikal Cronin
16. Purgatory/Paradise, Throwing Muses
17. Woman, Rhye
18. Privilege, Parenthetical Girls
19. Cruise Your Illusion, Milk Music
20. Push The Sky Away, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
21. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
22. R Plus Seven, Oneohtrix Point Never
23. Innocence Is Kinky, Jenny Hval
24. Surrounded, Richard Buckner
25. The World Is Well Lost, Vaadat Charigim

Paste Best of 2013