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2013 Albums According to Silent G

One of the things I liked to do with my bi-weekly column, “The Key of G,” was to make top 10 release lists at the end of the given year. While I enjoyed that, I always felt a little disingenuous because I don’t listen to that much new music; I spend most of my time digging for and listening to old records. Hence, my top 10 lists would barely be made, as I squeezed in a few listens right at the end of the year to go with the few albums from artists that I always keep up with. Further, I never kept a running list, so my top 10 would have omissions, on top of my already poor sample size.

My mission in 2013 was to listen to as many new releases as possible and to document them. What I have now is a list of 60 albums from 2013 that I listened to and ranked in order. Mind you, this list is not meant to be definitive; there is a lot that I didn’t listen to for several reasons, mainly just because there isn’t enough time in the day to hear everything. I did listen to almost everything from artists that I am a fan of, which is something I have done a poor job of over the years. I also branched out to some artists I never was a fan of before. I also discovered some new artists I had never heard of at all, which was quite nice in most instances.

Here is the list of all 60 albums I listened to in 2013. Again, this list is not intended to be definitive at all; it is just a list of what I listened to, ranked solely by my opinions. I am sure there will be some disagreement and head scratching, but some of you might also see some new things to check out. And that’s what it’s all about anyway.

60. “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

59. “The Last Ship” by Sting

58. “Age Against the Machine” by Goodie Mob

57. “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National

56. “Wish You Were Here” by Samiyam

55. “Obsidian” by Baths

54. “Say That To Say This” by Trombone Shorty

53. “Born Sinner” by J. Cole

52. “Rebel Era” by Griz

51. “Excavation” by The Haxan Cloak

50. “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire

49. “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” by Foxygen

48. “Kenny Dennis LP” by Serengeti

47. “Release” by Random Rab

46. “Drown Out” by Daedelus

45. “I Hate Music” by Superchunk

44. “The Diving Board” by Elton John

43. “R Plus Seven” by Oneohtrix Point Never

42. “Trap Lord” by A$AP Ferg

41. “Legends Never Die” by R.A. the Rugged Man

40. “Settle” by Disclosure

39. “Dreaming Into Being” by Bluetech

38. “In the Kitchen” by Hieroglyphics

37. “The Event II” by Deltron 3030

36. “My Name is My Name” by Pusha T

35. “Black Radio 2” by Robert Glasper Experiment

34. “The North Borders” by Bonobo

33. “The Second Album” by Latyrx

32. “Magna Carta Holy Grail” by Jay-Z

31. “Yeezus” by Kanye West

30. “Anything in Return” by Toro y Moi

29. “Defend Yourself” by Sebadoh

28. “Slow Focus” by F&@k Buttons

27. “Museum of Consciousness” by Shpongle

26. “More Is Than Isn’t” by RJD2

25. “Engravings” by Forest Swords

24. “One True Vine” by Mavis Staples

23. “Defcon 5… 4… 3… 2… 1” by Man or Astro-man?

22. “One For The Road” by Devin the Dude and “Trill OG: The Epilogue” by Bun B

21. “Psychic” by Darkside

20. “Acid Rap” by Chance the Rapper

19. “King Remembered in Time” by Big K.R.I.T.

18. “Yessir Whatever” by Quasimoto

17. “Late Pass” by Jel

16. “No Poison No Paradise” by Black Milk

15. “Better Off DEAD” by Flatbush Zombies

14. “Wise up Ghost” by Elvis Costello & the Roots

13. “Twelve Reasons to Die” by Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge

12. “Home” by Nosaj Thing

11. “Doris” by Earl Sweatshirt

10. “Milk Money” by Dosh

9. “Victim of Love” by Charles Bradley

8. “False Idols” by Tricky

7. “Dusk To Dawn” by Emancipator

6. “Hokey Fright” by The Uncluded

5. “Tape Two” by Young Fathers

4. “13 Degrees Of Reality” by The Heliocentrics

3. “Old” by Danny Brown

2. “Tomorrow’s Harvest” by Boards of Canada

1. “Run the Jewels” by Run the Jewels

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