(The following is our prediction for the Pitchfork Media’s ‘Top Albums of 2013′. Note that these are only predictions and are not their actual results, however, when those are finally published, we will post a convenient list version of their ‘Top 50 Albums of 2013′ for easier viewing. This is also not our Top Albums of 2013, just what we predict Pitchfork to have as theirs.)
In 2012, Pitchfork chose to give their Album of the Year to Kendrick Lamar instead of Frank Ocean, who garnered the same award from virtually every other publication. In 2011, Bon Iver received Pitchfork’s recognition, instead of the more universally acclaimed PJ Harvey record. In fact, the first album (in reverse chronological order) to effectively ignore this trend, was of course, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With Yeezus currently finding itself comfortably in the lead of critic round-ups, it could well be likely Pitchfork gives their AOTY to the undisputed critic’s favourite of 2013, and their highest rated record.
In saying that, with Arcade Fire’s almost completely neglected Reflektor, comes a chance for them to take a stand for one of music’s most daring records in years. Or they could choose Disclosure, with one of the most influential and complete debut records in some time. And there is also the current runner-up and critically loved, Vampire Weekend third LP. Their most assured and profound record, the Pitchfork darlings could finally take top spot.
In our opinion, Yeezus will take top spot. Second and third are inter-changeable here, as are fifth, sixth and seventh. Also expect The Knife to obtain a higher placement than their 8.4 rating suggests, as well as a high placement for breakthrough band, Deafheaven. Savages could well be this year’s highest placed under 9.0 record. Despite their reasonably low scores, HAIM and CHVRCHES will likely feature in the top 20.
Hip hop artists Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt and Drake could easily find their place here (likely in the place of Run the Jewels), as could Blood Orange or Autre Ne Veut. Expect Pitchfork favourites in the top 50 such as Ty Segall, Sky Ferreira, Deerhunter, Kurt Vile, Death Grips, Justin Timberlake and the National.
1. Kanye West – Yeezus
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
3. Disclosure – Settle
4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
5. Savages – Silence Yourself
6. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
7. Phosphorescent – Muchacho
8. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
9. My Bloody Valentine – m b v
10. Iceage – You’re Nothing
11. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
12. Darkside – Psychic
13. HAIM – Days Are Gone
14. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
15. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
16. Deafheaven – Sunbather
17. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
18. Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
19. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
20. The Field – Cupid’s Head