They don't have to be in any particular order if that's too hard to work out, but what are your favorite albums from 2013? I always have difficulty with picking my favourites - I could do a top ten for every genre represented below - so in no particular order, here goes: - Haim - Days Are Gone ('Don't Save Me') ...you can't hate these girls. - Arcade Fire - Reflektor ('Reflektor' feat. David Bowie) ...The Suburbs is still a better album, IMO. - Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit ('Liquid Spirit') ...check out the double bass on this one. - Mavis Staples - One True Vine ('Every Step') ...Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) has done for Mavis Staples what Rick Rubin did for Johnny Cash. - Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird ('Clean The House') - Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest - The Smith Street Band - Don't @#$% With Our Dreams ('Ducks Fly Together') - Northlane - Singularity ...djenty prog-metal. - Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven ('Zebra') - Matthew E. White - Big Inner ('One Of These Days') ...this was release in 2012, but I only discovered it early this year, so I'm throwing it in. Now, here's the rant. Reading through a few Top 10s, Kanye West's Yeezus seems to be making it in near the top of many lists. Personally, I think music websites like Pitchfork should be/will be embarrassed by the way they have been gushing over Kanye West over the last few years. The production on his last two albums has been mostly great, little heavy-handed at times, but pretty forward-thinking in moments. Putting aside the fact that he is a massive DB, Kanye's rapping is second-rate, at best - his technique is sloppy, and he brings nothing new to the genre in terms of flow etc. Although his themes can be interesting, the lyrics are heavy-handed (and plenty of better rappers have covered the same territory). If you removed Kanye's vocals from the albums, and replaced him with any number of contemporary rappers, you'd get a albums with top-notch production and excellent rapping. Even the Odd Future hipsters (e.g. Tyler The Creator) probably have a better vocal technique. So if I see another top 10 with Kanye in it - "just 'cos", it seems - I'll scream. Or sigh.