Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101It’s that time of year again. Here’s part one of Louder Than War’s albums of the year 2013 list.

Those of you with a decent enough memory will recall that last year we put in a front of you a mammoth list of 200 amazing albums from 2012. This year we’ve reigned our enthusiasm in somewhat and are presenting a more modestly sized list of 150. The reason we’ve downsized our list is not because this year has been three quarters as good for releases as last year, but rather because last year we included some choices from our contributors. This year we have a separate list for writers which we’ll put in front of you next week. So any fury at the exclusion of your favourite album of 2013 should be directed towards the whole of the lead editorial team; John Robb, Phil Newall, Sarah Lay and Guy Manchester. Exorcising your spleen through the medium of the written word with caustic barbs, we assure you, is far more cathartic than a punch on the nose so if you disagree with anything please feel free to “have a go at us” in the comments box below rather than search us out in person.

As usual we’ve endeavoured to be as diverse and genre inclusive as possible in our list – and not by way of the “token” this or the “token” that album. So in the list you’ll find reggae, folk (NOT La Marling), jazz, hardcore, black metal, blues, pop, noise, electronic, indie, rap, ska, funk and etc. etc. etc. We hope we’ve included the best releases in all those genres, but it’s inevitable that we’ve missed some. The very nature of embracing all genres means we’ll never know as much about any of them as someone who specialises in and devotes their whole life to listening to just one kind of music. We accept that. So, again, pipe up if, in your opinion, we’ve boobed.

As with all such lists ours has the dual purpose of hopefully opening your eyes to some albums you may’ve missed this year and also to serve as a springboard to some debate. We hope we’ve achieved that.

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Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101150. Hey Colossus – Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo. (Sludge Metal).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101149. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat. (Dark Ambient / Experimental).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101148. Swearin’ – Surfing Strange. (Indie Pop Punk).

Live Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101147. Satelliti – Transister. (Jazzy Krautrock).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101146. Tim Hecker – Virgins. (Ambient Electronica).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101145. Thundercat – Apocalypse. (Jazz / Funk / Electronica).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101144. Camera Obscura – Desire Lines. (Indie Pop).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101143 Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. (Rock).

Live Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101142. Mulatu Astatke – Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village(Ethiopique / Afrobeat).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101141. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven. (Experiemental Drone Electronica).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101140. Dan Friel – Total Folklore. (Psychedelic Indietronica).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101139. Keaton Henson – Birthdays. (Folk).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101138. Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True. (Punk Rock).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101137. Martin Simpson – Vagrant Stanzas. (Folk).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101136. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt. (Indie / Acoustic).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101135. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP. (Rap).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101134. Deafheaven – Sunbather. (Atmospheric Black Metal).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101133. Defeater – Letters Home. (Melodic Hardcore).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101132. These New Puritans – These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds. (Post-Punk / Art-Rock).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101131. David Bowie – The Next Day. (David Bowie).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101130. Barn Owl – V. (Psychedelic Drone).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101129. Chrome Hoof – Chrome Black Gold. (Avant Funk).

Live Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101128. Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer. (Metalcore).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101127. The Flatliners – Dead Language. (Ska Punk).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101126. Canola Tenderfoot – Hy-Brasil. (Chillout Electronica).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101125. The Ex And Brass Unbound – Enormous Door. (Jazz-Punk-Afrobeat).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101124. OvO – Abisso. (Noise-rock).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101123. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks. (Industrial Rock).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101122. Cate le Bon – Mug Museum. (Female Singer-Songwriter).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101121. Gary Numan – Splinter. (Synth-Pop).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101120. Crash of Rhinos – Knots. (Math Rock).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101119. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra. (Neo-psychedelia).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101118. Fire! Orchestra: Exit!. (Jazz rock).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101117. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971). (Folk).

Live Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101116. My Bloody Valentine – m b v. (Shoegaze).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101115. Body / Head – Coming Apart. (Experimental Guitar).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101114. Wooden Shijps – Back to Land. (Space Rock).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101113. English Heretic – Anti-Heroes. (Art Collective).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101112. Stornoway – Tales from Terra Firma. (Indie Folk).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101111. Palma Violets – 180. (Garage Rock).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101110. Teeth Of The Sea – Master. (Experimental Post Rock).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101109. Altar of Plagues – Teethed Glory and Injury. (Irish Black Metal).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101108. Widowspeak – Almanac. (Dream Pop).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101107. Cornell Campbell – New Scroll. (Reggae).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101106. Suede – Bloodsports. (Alt Rock).

Live Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101105. Young Echo – Nexus. (Electronic Collective).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101104. Woodkid – The Golden Age. (Indie / Chamber Pop).

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101103. Moderat – ii. (Glitchy Techno).

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101102. Black Roots – On The Ground In Dub. (Roots Reggae / Dub)/

Our Review.

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 – 101101. Orchestra of Spheres – Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music. (Krautrock).

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So endeth part one. Part two, 100 – 51, can be found here.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The devil put dinosaurs here is a big fat pile of shit! Dual harmony overkill and “signature sound” abuse. It would be number one of my disappointments of 2013 list!!! It only looks good next to the return of Soundgarden! Thank fuck Janes Addiction have still got the bollocks to move in a forward direction.

  2. Big Gazza Numan ONLY 121??? Consider myself and Dom officially unimpressed with this, he’s only 2 places above his leading tribute band!!! Nice work with Altar of Plagues though.

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