Uncut Editor's Diary

The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Editor's Choice

The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Editor's Choice
Allan Jones

The current issue of Uncut comes with a rather spiffing free 52-page magazine that hosts our essential guide to the best new albums, reissues, box sets, films, DVDs and books of 2013. This year we’ve expanded our new album section to a Top 80, as voted for by the Uncut staff and nigh on 50 of our regular contributors.

John has already posted a Wild Mercury Sound Best 143 Albums Of 2013, which you can see here . Below, I’ve listed the 20 albums I voted for in our end of year poll, plus 10 that didn’t quite make the final cut. Inadvertently, my number one choice might be considered controversial in the light of allegations made against Roy Harper since my list was compiled. I’m not quite sure how my vote would have been affected if the charges against Roy had been made public earlier, but I haven’t changed it retrospectively for the simple reason that I wanted to be faithful to my original choice and Man & Myth was the new album I played most in 2013.

Anyway, I’d be interested as ever in your comments on the list below. As usual, please let me know at the usual address what you made of our Top 80 and my Top 30 and maybe even let me know what your own favourite albums of the year were.

You can reach me on allan_jones@ipcmedia.com. It’s always good to hear from you.

30 Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

29 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

28 Promised Land Sound – Promised Land Sound

27 Guy Clark – My Favourite Picture Of You

26 Julia Holter – Loud City Song

25 Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With The Caul

24 Diana Jones – Museum Of Appalachia Recordings

23 The Shouting Matches – Grownass Man

22 Richard Thompson - Electric

21 Endless Boogie – Long Island

20 Bill Callahan – Dream River

19 The Strypes – Snapshot

18 Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

17 Mark Kozelek & Desertshore – Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

16 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-Ins

15 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

14 Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You

13 Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw

12 Houndstooth – Ride Out The Dark

11 Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare

10 My Bloody Valentine - mbv

9 Matthew E White – Big Inner

8 Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

7 Israel Nash Gripka – Israel Nash Gripka’s Rain Plans

6 Kurt Vile – Wakin on A Pretty Daze

5 Jason Isbell – Southeastern

4 Pond – Hobo Rocket

3 Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

2 Phosphoresecent – Muchacho

1 Roy Harper – Man & Myth


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