Music Roundup: 2013 Top Picks

16 Dec

How are we already at the end of 2013? This year flew by.

December usually brings numerous lists wrapping up the year in entertainment, which I find fun to read. Here I’ll share a quick list of my favorite albums from this year (in no particular order).

As usual, titles are available to borrow from the Hoboken Public Library.

1. Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady


Janelle Monae’s sound is a special brand of futuristic R&B. Although “Look Into My Eyes” sounds like it belongs on a James Bond movie soundtrack from the 1960s, which is pretty rad.

2. Kanye West, Yeezus


Yes, Kanye West is controversial. But it’s undeniable that Kanye always experiments and pushes limits with his music. Yeezus is no exception. “Bound 2” is my favorite track, and I even like the video.

3. Billie Joe + Norah, Foreverly


As a longtime Green Day fan, hearing Billie Joe Armstrong go rockabilly (with Norah Jones!) seemed strange. I adapted and quickly grew to appreciate the simplicity of this record, which was inspired the Everly Brothers.

4. Lady Gaga, ARTPOP


ARTPOP has an ambitious concept. I expect nothing less from Lady Gaga. Her dramatic flair is present on the record, as are her musical chops. This woman is a gifted artist. My choice track is “Gypsy”.

5. J. Cole, Born Sinner


TLC guests on “Crooked Smile”, which encourages women to embrace their flaws–similar to their famous song “Unpretty”. In the video for “Crooked Smile”, J. Cole tells a darker and more devastating story.

6. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories


We all know the upbeat, dancefloor friendly “Get Lucky”, one of the top jams this summer, but the album is more varied. On “Giorgio by Moroder”, the legendary music producer tells his story over a smooth beat.

Bonus Pick: Beyonce, Beyonce

Image via Pitchfork

Mrs. Carter released her latest album with virtually no promotion, except this Instagram video. I’ve listened to it, and it is amazing. The album is only available on iTunes now, but we are working on adding it to our collection.

What were your favorite albums of 2013? What do you think 2014 will bring musically?

-Kerry Weinstein, Reference Librarian

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