Best of 2013 Dept.: New York Times Critics Pick Year’s Top Albums

One of the year’s best comes from M.I.A.

In todays New York Times the papers music critics pick the year’s best albums.

Jon Pareles

1 Lorde “Pure Heroine”
2 Laura Marling “Once I Was an Eagle”

3 Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City”
4 Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks”
5 M.I.A. “Matangi”
6 Janelle Monáe “The Electric Lady”
7 David Bowie “The Next Day”
8 Tal National “Kaani”
9 Laura Mvula “Sing to the Moon”
10 The Haxan Cloak “Excavation”

Ben Ratliff

1 Cécile McLorin Salvant “WomanChild”
2 Deafheaven “Sunbather”
3 Body/Head “Coming Apart”

4 ‘Mestres Navegantes: Edição Cariri’
5 Craig Taborn Trio “Chants”
6 Black Host “Life in the Sugar Candle Mines”
7 Marc Anthony “3.0”
8 Sky Ferreira “Night Time, My Time”
9 Tye Tribbett “Greater Than”
10 Rhye “Woman”

Jon Caramanica

1 Drake “Nothing Was the Same”
2 Kanye West “Yeezus”
3 Ashley Monroe “Like A Rose”
4 Jai Paul
5 Pusha T “My Name Is My Name”
6 Sky Ferreira “Night Time, My Time”

7 Migos “Y.R.N.”
8 Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap”
9 Haim “Days Are Gone”
10 Ty Dolla Sign “Beach House 2”

Nate Chinen

1 Craig Taborn Trio “Chants”
2 Wayne Shorter Quartet “Without a Net”
3 Bill Callahan “Dream River”

4 Andy Bey “The World According to Andy Bey”
5 Ashley Monroe “Like a Rose”
6 Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel”
7 Eric Revis, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille “City of Asylum”
8 Chris Potter “The Sirens”
9 Earl Sweatshirt “Doris”
10 Cécile McLorin Salvant “WomanChild”

For these critic’s favorite songs plus comments about each album, head to the New York Times.

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