Best of 2013: Top 30 Albums

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

I am but one person – with a taste in music that’s my own.

These albums are albums that I listened to in 2013 and placed into a best-of list that best represents what I liked this year. My music tastes have moved more in line with mainstream pop recently so there is an abundance of pop music but I believe 2013 to be the most varied year in “pop music” in quite some time.

Here are the 30 albums that I select as my picks of 2013.

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Patty Griffin – Silver Bell

Patty Griffin - Silver Bell

Despite only just becoming available for the first time, Patty Griffin‘s record Silver Bell already boasts a richer history than most. Originally intended for release in 2000, record label politics kept it at bay until finally receiving a release last month.

That didn’t stop songs from being bootlegged and eventually making their way out in other forms. Songs from Silver Bell would go on to be covered by the Wreckers (One More Girl), Joan Osborne (What You Are) and, most notably, the Dixie Chicks, who named a tour and live album after Top Of The World (they also recorded Truth #2). Earlier this year, DCX singer Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell for her first solo album Mother.

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Natalie Maines comes back solo

Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, has been relatively absent from the spotlight since wrapping up their last tour for their 2006 record Taking The Long Way. That album, as we remember, won them five Grammy awards and contained the response to outcry against Natalie’s comments against then-president Bush for being from their home state Texas. Since then,

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