Year in Review: The Best & Most Disappointing Music Albums of 2013

I've come to the conclusion that 2013 is the year when pop music died thanks to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Indie rock is the new norm, for some terrifying reason, as Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend became more common than The Black Keys. Rap is more contrived than ever thanks to Kanye West and Jay-z's bloated egos and mediocre albums. And overall the music has suffered greatly because of it all making this past year far weaker in my eyes than 2012. Before I run down what I feel are my favorite and most disappointing albums of the year I have to acknowledge the very worthy runner-ups. Although they didn't make the list: Filter, Blue October, The Lonely Island, Gemini Syndrome, Dropkick Murphys, Eminem, Hatebreed, Queens of The Stone Age, Snoop Lion, Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' collaborations...
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