Albums of the Year 2013 – Top 100 albums for the first six months of the year

Music is not dead; far from it if our mid-year list of Albums of The Year 2013 is anything to go by!

There’s been big releases from enduring artists including David Bowie, Primal Scream and Peter Hook as well as long-awaited new albums from the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Boards of Canada. On top of this there has been a surge of albums and tracks from new artists exciting us with their sounds.

Although between the four editors (John Robb, Phil Newall, Guy Manchester and Sarah Lay) we came up with about three quarters of the list below. Add to this albums our writers had fallen in love with and we’ve got the round 100. We haven’t put it in any kind of order (we’re not that organised or scientific) so just dig in and get some amazing music in your ears.

2013 mid-year list

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds  – Push The Sky Away (Review) “A masterpiece of longing and desire.”

Dirt Box Disco – People Made Of Paper (Review) “a raging fusion of influence from punk, new wave, power-pop, metal, and glam delivered with insane energy, bludgeoning volume and the chaotic finesse of The Macc Lads”

Tracey Curtis – Thoughts In The Dark (Review) “An understated gem; in short, a joyous recording.”

Black Pus – All My Relations (Review)

Goldblade – The Terror Of Modern Life

Ian McCulloch – Holy Ghosts

Sparks  – Two Hands On Mouth

Sounds Of Swami – Sounds Of Swami

Klaus Dinger and Japandorf – Japandorf (Review)

Peter Hook & The Light – Live at Manchester Cathedral (Review)

Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Thought Forms – Ghost Mountain

The Orb Feat. Lee Scratch Perry – The Orb Feat. Lee Scratch Perry

Salif Keita – Talé

Rvivr – The Beauty Between

Pissed Jeans – Honeys (Review)

Rival Mob – Mob Justice

Gnod – Chaudelande

Etran Finatawa – The Sahara Sessions

Dan Friel – Total Folklore

Cult Of Luna – Vertikal

clipping. – midcity

Baths – Obsidian

The Haxan Cloak – Excavation

Savages – Silence Yourself (Review)

The Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

The Fall – Re-Mit

Primal Scream – More Light

Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork (Review) “So many moods perfectly executed- this is a great rock album and sets the standard for the now.”

Merchandise – Totale Night

The Stooges – Ready to Die

Iceage – You’re Nothing

My Bloody Valentine – mbv

Black Sabbath – 13

Jagwar Ma – Howlin’

Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs – Clarietta

Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are

Deerhunter – Monomania

Mudhoney – Vanishing Point

Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

David Bowie – The Next Day

Hookworms – Pearl Mystics

Beady Eye – BE

Johnny Marr – The Messenger

The Secret Colours – Peach

Alright the Captain – Conversation Skills for the Socially Nervous

Haiku Salut – Tricolore

Tim Burgess – Oh No I Love You More

Erica Nockalls – Imminent Room

Lorna – Heart of Wire

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Ed Harcourt – Back in the Woods

Beat Mark – Howls of Joy

Bent Cousin – Everybody’s Got One

Dutch Barn – Lighter Later

Stornoway – Tales from Terra Firma

Phildel – The Disappearance of the Girl

Mayors Of Miyazaki – Holy Cop

Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

Werewolves In Siberia – The Rising

Wardruna – Yggdrasil

War Wolf – Riding With Demons

Sandwell District – Fabric 69

Ruts Dc – Rhythm Collision Volume 2

Richard Thompson – Electric

Red Hare – Nites Of Midnite

Ramon Judah & Conscious Sounds – Deliver Me

Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

Paramore – Paramore

Nosaj Thing – Home

Monoswezi – The Village

Los Chinches – Fongo

James Blake – Overgrown

Hyetal – Modern Worship

Human Fly – Awesome Science

Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat

Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live

Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light

Foot Village – Make Memories

Fair Ohs – Jungle Cats

Double Dagger – Double Dagger

Black Roots – On The Ground In Dub

Bassekou Kouyate – Jama Ko

Autechre – Exai

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Bosnian Rainbows – Bosnian Rainbows

L. Pierre – The Island Come True

British Sea Power – Machineries of Joy

Kurt Vile – Walkin on a Pretty Daze

SULK – Graceless

Neils Children – Dimly Lit

Viki Vortex – Bittersweet Twisted Treats

Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

Calling All Astronauts – Post Modern Conspiracy

Suede – Bloodsports

Adam Ant – Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hassar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter

I Am Kloot – Let It All In

Fightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

Atoms for Peace – Amok

What have been your album highlights of 2013 so far? What are you looking forward to in the second half of the year? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. Must check out the Black Roots and Dirtbox Disco cds. You missed The Vibrators excellent new album ‘On The Guest List’. Their best for years.

  2. despite The Fireflys “Embers of the autumn” receiving a cracking review from yourselves it didnt make the list, however its not out till 5th August i see, so will it make the latter part of the years perhaps?

  3. Yes.. Love love Secret Colours Peach and Primal Scream

  4. Criminal, neither of the two best LPs of 2013 are included – Edwyn Collins and Steve Mason!

  5. I’ve seen similar lists in guardian & nme of which i agreed with none of choices (do we really do these in July now?). This much better atleast Deerhunter, Primal Scream & Kurt Vile in there. But yeah what about Steve Mason? Or Unknown Mortal Orchestra? Good year for music so far but surely they must deserve a mention.

  6. I miss the Ashpodells great record; it’s a shame

  7. Very humbled to see our album here in such esteemed company, thank you.

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