What defined music in 2013? The long-awaited return of legends. New favorites who arrived fully formed. The triumph of elaborate promotion. The sneak-attack album drop.
From My Bloody Valentine’s unexpected comeback album, its first in 22 years, to excellent debuts from Lorde, The Strypes, Jake Bugg and many others, 2013 was full of surprises. Vampire Weekend released career re-defining albums. Uncompromising veterans The Flaming Lips refined their well-established sounds. We also remember musicians we lost in the last year.
This is only the beginning of our year-end extravaganza. Stay tuned. What defined your year in music? Let us know in our comment section below!
ATOMS FOR PEACE – BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES
ALTER BRIDGE – ADDICTED TO PAIN
VAMPIRE WEEKEND – STEPS
PEARL JAM – SIRENS
VOLCANO CHOIR – “COMRADE”
CAVEMAN – EASY WATER
ARCADE FIRE – REFLEKTOR
DAFT PUNK – GET LUCKY
THE NATIONAL – TROUBLE WILL FIND ME
LORDE – ROYALS
CHVRCHES – RECOVER
NEKO CASE – MAN
JAMES BLAKE – RETROGRADE
JAKE BUGG – WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU
PHOSPHORESCENT – SONG FOR ZULA
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – I SAT BY THE OCEAN
AVETT BROTHERS – ANOTHER IS WAITING
DAVID BOWIE – WHERE ARE WE NOW?