We put together together our top 10 albums of the past year, as we get ready for 2014. Check it out below and let us know what were your favorites. Thank you for all the support thus far, and expect more from us in the new year!
10. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2
Bronson decided to drop the sequel to my personal favorite Action project, 2011’s Blue Chips. Electronic production duo, Party Supplies, supply the production again, and perhaps you can add Blue Chips 2 to the list of best sequels of all time. If you want a good laugh, check out a teaser he released here.
Standout Tracks: Rolling Thunder, 9.24.13, Twin Peugots
9. MGMT – MGMT
MGMT’s selt titled third studio album was one of my most anticipated albums of the year, and although not recieved too well by critics, it was one of my most played albums of 2013. MGMT really strayed away from their signature sound from their past two albums, but nonetheless, MGMT takes you on a weird, enjoyable ride.
Standout Tracks: Cool Song No. 2, Alien Days, A Good Sadness
8. Volcano Choir – Repave
Volcano Choir is one of the many side projects by Bon Iver lead singer, Justin Vernon. Repave takes us through a journey filled with soothing vocals, and masterful instrumentals, leaving the listener eagerly wanting more.
Standout Tracks: Alaskans, Bygone, Comrade
7. J. Cole – Born Sinner
J. Cole avoided the dreadful sophmore slump, and released one of the best hip hop albums of the year, Born Sinner. This may be one of the most underrated projects of the year. J. Cole handled the production on every track, except for the two interludes, and really is stepping into his own now.
Standout Tracks: Trouble, Rich Niggaz, Chaining Day, Let Nas Down
6. Drake – Nothing Was the Same
Known for being very open about his life in his music, Drake does not fail to do so in this album. But it isn’t his story that captivates listeners, as anyone can tell their life story, but instead it’s the way that he tells it. His lyrics in this album are top notch along with his delivery and flow that only seem to get better and better with each album.
Standout Tracks: Tuscan Leather, Furthest Thing, From Time, Too Much, Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
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5. Danny Brown – Old
One of the most praised albums of the year for its abstractness is Danny Brown‘s Old. Who would’ve though a 30-plus year old out of Detroit would be one of the hottest rappers of the year. The album bounces from track to track, with beats and topics that don’t necessarily relate with each other. But somehow they all manage to blend into a psychotic, molly-induced masterpiece.
Standout Tracks: Red 2 Go, Dope Fiend Rental, 25 Bucks, Dip
4. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
People slept on Earl Sweatshirt this year… and Doris is undoubtedly one of the most underrated albums of the year. But we here at Fresh Drops fucked with Earl’s first studio album and believe it was one of the best of 2013. After proving to us that he hasn’t lost any of his lyrical skill during his rehab hiatus, and laying all his feelings over some of the darkest hip hop beats we’ve heard in a minute, it was no question that Doris was a groundbreaking release.
Standout Tracks: Burgundy, Sunday, Sasquath, Hoarse
3. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Can’t front like there wasn’t a whole bunch of glamor and glitz to this album prior to its release, leaving many with a question mark on whether this will live up to the hype. But nonetheless the future legends Daft Punk came through with another hit album. From beginning to end, Random Access Memories is an emotionally driven album from its lyrics to production. Daft Punk really pushed the boundaries of EDM and rock all while reviving sounds of past generations that have been long forgotten. We couldn’t have asked for a better album from the duo and we were really happy to have it released at what felt like was the perfect time.
Standout Tracks: Give Life Back to Music, Instant Crush, Lose Yourself To Dance, Motherboard, Doin’ It Right
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
Modern Vampires of the City demonstrates how Vampire Weekend has growed and matured from indie pop college graudates, into sophisticated young adults; capable of producing one of the top albums of the year. Packed with catchy tunes, and some deeper tracks as well, Vampire Weekend’s latest effort is a must listen for all music enthusiasts.
Standout Tracks: Step, Hannah Hunt, Obvious Bicycle
1. Kanye West – Yeezus
Why wouldn’t this album be number one of the year? This has gotten major love since its very release, as well as a lot of hate. I was looking for a reason to not name Yeezus the top album of 2013, mainly because I’ve been such a huge Kanye West fan, dating back to his pre-College Dropout days. There is just no other album released this year as exhilarating, jolting, or mind-blowing as this. Kanye continues to push the envelope with his music, creating by far his most experimental project to date. Combining elements of hip hop, electronic, industrial rock, and reggae, there’s no reason why Yeezus shouldn’t be named our top album of the year.
Standout Tracks: New Slaves, Hold My Liquor, Blood on the Leaves, Guilt Trip, Bound 2