50 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend cut the cute and raised the stakes, Kanye assaulted our ears, Bowie shocked the world and Miley tossed a dance-pop party grenade

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Atoms for Peace, 'Amok'

Courtesy of XL Recordings

Thom Yorke's side band moves your body, even as it does Radiohead-ishly unnatural things to your mind. Joined by Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Yorke has rarely sounded so freewheeling vocally, and the music's marriage of live improvisation and studio mixology gives him a rich, shifty palette to play off.

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