The big day is almost here, children. The 12 days of Christmas are almost to the Lorde’s-a-leaping part and you got about 6 days of shopping left until that blessed event we’ve all been waiting for: a day off. That also means the outlets that’ve been talking about “albums-of-the-year” since July are about talked out and even the latest of fashionably late albums have been turned in (looking at you Beyoncé…but we are still leaving a stocking our for D’Angelo! At this point, I would not be at all surprised if D physically comes down Questlove‘s chimney to turn this thing in on Christmas Eve.) And all that means it’s time for grown folks to have a real conversation about the Best Albums Of The 2013. Without further ado we present Okayplayer’s Top 13 LPs of 2013: an appropriately 13-ish last supper of Electric Ladies, Acid Rappers and Cartoon Cyborgs. We got reigning champs (Janelle, JT, M.I.A.) rising stars and fresh imports (Chance, Blood Orange, Disclosure) and prodigal prodigies (Omar, Amel Larrieux)–in fact the only thing they all have in common is that they brought the noise (and the melody) in 2013. Of course, as with last year there are some inclusions and omissions that will be controversial and doubtless some shade will be thrown. But, hey..you wanna make nog, you gotta break a few eggs. Let the debate begin and remember to enjoy the music, these are the year’s best (and remember CDs and LPs make even more charming holiday gifts now that they’re totally outmoded antiques! give the gift of physical objects).
>>>Click through for OKP’s Top 13 LPs of 2013