Top 50 Albums of 2013: Who Missed the Cut?

My top 50 albums of 2013 list is finalized! That post is coming this weekend (once I complete short write-ups on each), but to get the process started, here are the albums that didn’t make the cut. That doesn’t mean they’re not great records! Just to make it this far, I’ve listened to each one at least three and usually four or more times. I own more than a few of these (and listen to them regularly). You can’t go wrong with almost any album on this list. BUT they just didn’t quite measure up to the top 50.

  • The 1975, The 1975
  • The Ambulars, Dreams Asleep At the Wheel
  • Alpine, A Is for Alpine
  • Anna Calvi, One Breath
  • Arctic Monkeys, AM
  • The Avett Brothers, Magpie and the Dandelion
  • The Black Angels, Indigo Meadow
  • Blitzen Trapper, VII
  • Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe
  • Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest
  • Bonobo, The Northern Borders
  • Bosnian Rainbows, Torn Maps
  • The Boxer Rebellion, Promises
  • Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
  • Buke & Gase, General Dome
  • The Cave Singers, Naomi
  • Cloud Boat, Book of Hours
  • Cloud Control, Dream Cave
  • Cold War Kids, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  • Crystal Stilts, Nature Noir
  • Cut Copy, Free Mind
  • Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Speed of Things
  • Darkside, Psychic
  • Darkstar, Darkstar
  • David Ford, Charge
  • Death Grips, No Love Deep Web
  • Deer Tick, Negativity
  • Deerhunter, Monomania
  • Delorean, Apar
  • Devandra Banhart, Mala
  • Ducktails, The Flower Lane
  • Editors, The Weight of Your Love
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Eleanor Friedberger, Personal Record
  • Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll
  • Foals, Holy Fire
  • Föllakzoid, II
  • Fur Trade, Don’t Get Heavy
  • Gap Dream, Shine a Light
  • Grouper, The Man Who Died In His Boat
  • Grouplove, Spreading Rumors
  • The Head and the Heart, Let’s Be Still
  • Jasmine Thompson, Bundle of Tantrums
  • Jessie Ware, Devotion
  • Jim James, Regions of Light and Sound of God
  • Josh Rouse, The Happiness Waltz
  • The Joy Formidable, Wolf’s Law
  • Julian Lynch, Lines
  • Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe
  • King Krule, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  • Krista L.L. Muir, Guten Tag Gemini
  • Kurt Vile, Wakin On a Pretty Daze
  • Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
  • Laurel Halo, Chance of Rain
  • Leagues, You Belong Here
  • Leif Vollebekk, Northamericana
  • Local Natives, Hummingbirds
  • Locrian, Return to Annihilation
  • Los Campesinos!, No Blues
  • Lost Animal, Ex Tropical
  • Mandolin Orange, This Side of Jordan
  • Maps, Viccissitude
  • Midlake, Antiphon
  • The Milk Carton Kids, The Ash and Clay
  • Mind Spiders, Inhumanistic
  • Moonface, Julia With Blue Jeans On
  • Mountains, Centralia
  • Mutual Benefit, Love’s Crushing Diamond
  • Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks
  • Noah and the Whale, Heart of Nowhere
  • On An On, Give In
  • Palma Violets, 180
  • Paper Lions, My Friends
  • Paramore, Paramore
  • Parenthetical Girls, Privilege
  • Passenger, All the Little Lights
  • Phoenix, Bankrupt
  • Poliça, Shulamith
  • Ra Ra Riot, Beta Love
  • The Range, Nonfiction
  • Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers
  • Said the Whale, hawaii
  • Satellite, Calling Birds
  • Savages, Silence Yourself
  • Sin Fang, Flowers
  • Sky Ferreira, Night Time My Time
  • Smith Westerns, Soft Will
  • Solar Bears, Supermigration
  • Speedy Ortiz, Major Arcana
  • Still Corners, Strange Pleasures
  • Tift Merritt, Traveling Alone
  • Tim Hecker, Virgins
  • Ty Segall, Sleeper
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II
  • Upset, She’s Gone
  • Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the city
  • Waaves, Afraid of Heights
  • Water Liars, Wyoming
  • Weekend, Jinx
  • Widowspeak, Almanac
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito
  • Yellowbirds, Songs from the Vanished Frontier
  • Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse 

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