10 Essential albums of 2013

December 4, 2013 by Altpress

10 Essential albums of 2013

5. PANIC! AT THE DISCOToo Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!

At the constant risk of alienating their fans, Panic! At The Disco’s brave artistic trajectory can be described as “never do anything twice.” On this round, they played up both dance and depth with a collection that can put you in a wistful, rhythmic trance one moment then make you stop and raise an eyebrow the next. Their anachronistic focus has shifted from cabaret to ’80s new wave, which they tinge with club-ready yet thoughtful pop everyone from ravers to Warped Tour attendees can get behind. (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen) [Cassie Whitt]

4. THE WONDER YEARSThe Greatest Generation

The Wonder Years have always been a better-than-most pop-punk band, but The Greatest Generation showed people just how great they can be. They’ve created a fervent community by writing songs about topics incredibly real to their fans, from family problems and depression to the pains of growing up. All of these are in focus on the album’s closer, “I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral.” We dare you to find another pop-punk song that gives you this many chills. (Hopeless) [Brittany Moseley]

3. TOUCHÉ AMORÉIs Survived By

Touché Amoré have become the new face of hardcore, a distinction the Los Angeles quintet would probably roll their eyes at. They’re not the first band to combine thrashing, pulsing hardcore with impassioned, cathartic lyrics. But in 2013, they did it better than anyone else. Sorry, boys; you’ll just have to get used to being remembered. (Deathwish Inc.) [Brittany Moseley]

2. PARAMOREParamore

Apparently the secret to success—both commercial and artistic—is to have two key band members quit your band. It worked for Paramore: The Farro brothers bailed, then the next thing we know, Hayley, Jeremy and Taylor wrote the best music of their career, landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and headlined a pretty impressive arena tour (so we heard—it didn’t come to Cleveland). Paramore is an impeccable album in a world obsessed with singles, and we commend them for it. (Fueled By Ramen) [Scott Heisel]


Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun—aka Columbus, Ohio, duo twenty | one | pilots—are very much a pop band trafficking in sunny hooks, propulsive beats and fizzing electronica. But Vessel isn’t another mindless cookie-cutter opiate found on the end caps at Target. Joseph’s neurotic (sometimes troubled) ruminations on modern life undercut the breezy sentiment the music conveys. Dance, cry or do both at the same time. Just feel. (Fueled By Ramen) [Jason Pettigrew]


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