[tps_title]Maxwell Haddad’s Top 10 Albums of 2013[/tps_title]
10. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake – While not as strong as his earlier solo records, this is still one of the best pop albums of this year and has a fun and diverse group of 70s inspired tunes.
9. The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae – Ms. Monae proves that her talent knows no boundaries with this album that exists in all genres while somehow feeling like a harmonious, funky, fresh adventure.
8. Once I Was An Eagle by Laura Marling – Ethereal, lyrical, moody, and sexy: a gorgeous combination.
7. Paramore by Paramore – I had written this band off until they returned with this self-titled confection of terrific pop rock songs that shows a newfound confidence and sense of fun.
6. mbv by My Bloody Valentine – Who knew that they would return in 2013 after 20 years? An incredible surprise and a beautiful, guitar soaked album.
5. The Next Day by David Bowie – As strange and thoughtful as you’d expect from Bowie, although this is a better album than he has produced in some time.
4. Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend – A fun, sweet, effortless pop album that was the perfect soundtrack for the summer.
3. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk – Incredible collaborations led way to great dance tracks that are still stuck in my head many months later.
2. Inside Llewyn Davis Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Is it cheating to put a soundtrack on here? I’d argue no when the soundtrack consists of all new recordings by the film’s cast and collaborators. Gorgeous, haunting folk tunes that accentuate the gloomy winter days with aplomb.
1. New by Paul McCartney – Sir Paul is, of course, an all time great. Yet I don’t love all of his solo records and I thought his best days were behind him. Wrong. This is a surprising, deft, masterful pop record that proves that there are no constraints on creativity and no ties on talent. Not only one of Sir Paul’s best solo albums ever, but my favorite record of the year.