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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About Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael has had three novels published that comprise the "Freak Scene Dream trilogy": "True Love Scars," "The Flowers Lied" and "Untitled" which can be ordered here. His new book, "Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey," can be pre-ordered from HoZac Books. In November Backbeat Books will publish "Addicted To Noise: The Music Writings of Michael Goldberg," which can be be pre-ordered here.

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