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The AltSounds Top 50 Albums Of 2013 | Part 2: #25-11

The AltSounds Top 50 Albums Of 2013 | Part 2: #25-11

Closing the year with the ultimate list of the best albums of 2013 chosen by the AltSounds team

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire December 31st, 2013

A few days ago we released Part 1 of our Top 50 list which contained #50 through 26. The response to Part 1 has been phenomenal with many of the artists themselves tweeting in support of their place on our list. Not only that but we have had a lot of feedback about the quality of the selections on our list which we are really proud of.

And, as the 2013 draws closer to its end, we are happy to showcase Part 2 of our Top 50 Albums of 2013 which focuses on #25-11, with the final Top 10 being released on New Years Eve. We are really proud of this list and it is a true testament to what we stand for as a brand and as a website. Unlike most other publications there are Self Released albums on this list, by bands that did it all themselves without the backing of a label. Some are rare enough to not be on Spotify and as such didn't make it to our associated playlists!

Please remember that in 2014 and beyond that AltSounds will continue to support the best music, regardless of anything other than the quality of the musical output. We will put bands with no fans, no Youtube views on the front page the same as we will back a band that has 6,000,000 plays. What we care about is the quality of the music and that in the modern world is a rare commodity. Keep making music, even if it is just you in your bedroom and you never know, you might make it to our end of year list next year!

Chris MUG5 Maguire, Editor In Chief,

Release Date: July 19th 2013
Record Label: Workhorse Music Group
What We Said:
To truly appreciate a Karnivool release, you need time and, being that the Perth quintet specialise in the sort of sprawling and imaginative progressive-rock soundscapes that will either rock or float your boat, time is your friend.
Read Review: Review: Karnivool – Asymmetry [Album]

Release Date: June 24th 2013
Record Label: The Drop
What We Said:
Blackbird is a triumphant return to top form for Fat Freddy's Drop, an undeniable work of art created through love, passion and friendship. Music for the soul, from the soul.
Read Review: Review: Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird [Album]

Release Date: 14th October
Record Label: New Heavy Sounds
What We Said:
You can't take This Devil Is Them on face value or first listen. You need to really give it a few goes. It's not a grower - it's just not for everyone. Some people I played 'GDZ' to basically looked at me like I'd taken a dump on their carpet and told them Christmas was cancelled.
Read Review: Review: Antlered Man - This Devil Is Them [Album]

Release Date: September 9th 2013
Record Label: Warner Music
What We Said:
If You Wait is one of the best albums I've heard this year, it's definitely one of the strongest débuts for a long long time. The three-piece have captured the mood of a generation and created something very special indeed. Both uplifting and soul-searching this record soars into the heart and mind and pretty much stays put... fine by me.
Read Review: Review: London Grammar - If You Wait [Album]

Release Date: 6th May 2013
Record Label: Small Town Records
What We Said:
Bad Weather has arrived at just the right time, and with just the right amount of everything. Palm Reader’s influences are laid bare, but they've shaped them to become their own. This is a cracking debut album that is a welcome addition to the scene. It’s fun, uncaring, fast and heavy. Just the way it should be.
Read Review: Review: Palm Reader - Bad Weather [Album]

Release Date: March 15th 2013
Record Label: Weathermaker Music
What We Said:
Earth Rocker may not be the most original or experimental album that Clutch have ever done. It’s probably not even in their top 3, but that’s because the bar has already been set incredibly high over their 20 year career. It is, however, a very fine album indeed and one stuffed with massive songs that showcase perfectly the near genius levels of song writing ability that have elevated Clutch to their cult status within the world of rock and metal.
Read Review: Review: Clutch - Earth Rocker [Album]

Release Date: October 29th 2013
Record Label: Downtown Records
What We Said:
Everyone can sell their copies of AM because a true rock ‘n’ roll revival will top it, just give them a few years…
Read Review: Review: White Denim - Corsicana Lemonade [Album]

Release Date: August 5th 2013
Record Label: Columbia Records
What We Said:
There’s no fluff and filler on Days Are Gone, you could play it any which way around and it would still sound good. You could release almost any one of the tracks as a single that could stand well on its own and that has to speak volumes. I listen to Days Are Gone and forget about everything around me, and I just want to dance around my living room in my slippers shouting “never look back, never give up”.
Read Review: Review: Haim - Days Are Gone [Album]

Release Date: November 5th 2013
Record Label: Aftermath Records
What We Said:
The Marshall Mathers LP2 isn’t just about The Marshall Mathers LP, it’s about the reconnection with Marshall Mathers that this record has allowed him to make and if this is his final record it’s one he (and we) will be sincerely thankful for.
Read Review: Review: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2 [Album]

Release Date: March 29th 2013
Record Label: Sony
What We Said:
Sempiternal is their most accessible piece of work to date, but not to their detriment. There's a familiarity to it but also an undeniable amount of growth and change. If people think that metal can't be poetic or meaningful, then this is a game changer.
Read Review: Review: Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal [Album]

Release Date: September 2nd 2013
Record Label: Vagrant
What We Said:
It certainly delivers on my want and need for a catchy mother fucker of an album that takes me over and allows me not to think about life so much.
Read Review: Review: The 1975 - The 1975 [Album]

Release Date: May 21st 2013
Record Label: Matador Records
What We Said:
The stripped down arrangements and slow-burning pace along with Welsh's on-the-sleeve lyricism may scan as boring or unimaginative for some, but with a little patience and a few listens, the songs on Impersonator gradually reveal a depth and warmth that's easy to take for granted at first.
Read Review: Review: Majical Cloudz - Impersonator [Album]

Release Date: May 27th 2013
Record Label: Ribbon Music
What We Said:
There is no doubt that Laura Marling is one of the most talented singer songwriters of our generation, with Once I Was an Eagle a glimmering tribute to not only folk but British music as a whole. If you're a fan of the likes of Joni and PJ, this album is an absolute must.
Read Review: Review: Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle [Album]

Release Date: July 9th 2013
Record Label: Epitaph
What We Said:
The Blackest Beautiful is a phenomenal album; a benchmark from a band that are in a league of their own, completely unperturbed by what everyone else is doing. Animalistic, moving, passionate and life-affirming; letlive. have set the bar very, very high. And now it’s everyone else’s turn. Yeah, good luck with that.
Read Review: Review: letlive. – The Blackest Beautiful [Album]

Release Date: September 20th 2013
Record Label: Virgin
What We Said:
Chvrches have done what other artists could only dream of, and that’s creating an anthology of tracks that is rich in brilliance, imagination and stunning fundamental musical reflections that will be sure to remain timeless and a credit to not only Scottish music scene, but the incredible independent music community we have here in the UK.
Read Review: Review: Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe [Album]


The AltSounds Top 50 Albums of 2013 | Part 1: #50-26
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