Best of 2013 Staff Picks

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By Carly F.

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1. Deafheaven Sunbather

Sunbather was definitely my most anticipated album of 2013 and it exceeded my expectations. Very different from their debut, this album is emotionally raw and invokes all your senses. The ripping guitars and guttural punch vocals truly do put them a level above most bands in their relatable genres, solely because of the eloquent style of Sunbather.

Favorite track: “The Pecan Tree”

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2. Ghost B.C. Infestissumam

All I can really say about this album is how indefinitely cool it is. Hauntingly wicked lyrics, almost awkward infusions of poppy/surf rock, black metal and Papa’s crooning voice- not mentioning the allure of the unconfirmed band members, this band kicks ass. Plus, an ABBA cover with Dave Grohl on drums…they’ve got me hooked.

Favorite track: “Monstrance Clock”

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3. Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe

“With its fussy textures and lovelorn introspection, the music here feels firmly like the product of a single mind. Often, Dev Hynes sounds like he’s trying to get to the bottom of the 1980s fixation coursing through so much indie-aligned pop and rock right now, working airy, mournful vamps for long stretches to understand the nostalgia they’re triggering. He doesn’t try to conceal the seams between these ideas, either. There’s a bravery to Hynes’vulnerability here. He finds what he’s looking for, and he doesn’t flinch.” SPOT ON REVIEW by Mikael Wood of LA Times

Favorite Track: “You’re Not Good Enough”

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4. Counterparts Difference Between Hell & Home

This album has solid and hauntingly relatable, beautiful lyrics in every track. A melodic metalcore album that uses the usual drawbacks of the genre to its advantage, sparingly uses break downs and simple yet powerful chorus to verse ratio.

Favorite track: “Witness”

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5. Lady Gaga  ARTPOP

Artpop is my feel-good album of the year. Every track is addictive and hasn’t left my head since it came out. A very good come back from Born This Way, featuring an onslaught of amazing artists,  this is easily one of the best pop albums of the last 3 years.

Favorite track: “Do What U Want” feat. R Kelly

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