Personal Best of 2013 Lists

Vampire Weekend best of 2013

We gave you are collective Top 30 songs and Top 20 albums of 2013 last week, but here are our separate lists. Because all our number #1 albums are Vampire Weekend’s wonderful third album, I have pictured each of our second favorite albums below.
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Best 20 Albums of 2013

greatest, favorite, best, albums of 2013

As Austin noted in our introduction to our favorite songs of 2013 list yesterday, it is much more difficult to list a years worth of favorites than one might think. 2013 was quite an interesting year in music. Many big names (or at least big expectations) left a disappointing taste in fans’ mouths (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, The Strokes, Jay-Z, etc.). This left the door wide open for smaller, and sometimes even unheard artists to really pave the way to a brighter future, and in some cases, all-out overnight stardom (Lorde, Savages, CHVRCHES, etc). This also left a lot of room for controversy. Who is worth the listen, and who is just going through the motions while filling our ear buds with noise? Well the controversy was not absent in making this list. With all three of us at LxL listing out our top 20 albums separately and then combining them into a normalized list, there was bound to be some peoples favorites left off. Mean things were said, blood was spilled, and opinions hotly thwarted. Nonetheless, the list must go on. Here is what we considered to be our favorite albums of 2013:

20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
alunageorge body music album-cover art
Last year, Alunageorge’s “Your Drums, Your Love” ranked in at #20 on our favorite songs of 2012. This year, the soulful pop R&B duo returned with a full LP to support the single, as well as a grip of other ripe-for-the-shaggin’ type of tunes. The duo now garnered another #20 slot, but this time on our albums list with Body Music.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best New Artists of 2013

 

Best New Artists of 2013

We began our end-of-year coverage yesterday with our five most disappointing albums of the year, now we switch to a positive note with our favorite new artists. This turned out to be a very strong list, as we judged these artists on the strength of their debut, but also on their potential over the long haul. Sometimes the concept of a “new artist” can be ambiguous (see Grammy’s Best New Artist Nominees every year), so we defined it as having to release their first proper studio album this year. So here are our bright new stars.
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Rhye Review: Woman

Rhye

Woman

Rhye Woman album cover art

In general, I’m not much for easy listening music. I believe it should stay in elevators, dentist’s office, and in your worst enemy’s dreams, but occasionally someone does this deservedly slighted genre right. Thus is the case with Rhye, a collaboration project from two well-respected producers in Canada’s Mike Milosh and Europe’s Canada aka Denmark’s Robin Hannibal. Both are known for a smooth, lovemaking brand of electronic music, so this project actually makes perfect sense. With Woman, the two producers form an intoxicatingly irresistible mix of easy listening R&B that keeps you engaged start to finish and will guide you when you turn the lights down low.
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