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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Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt'

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Pearl Jam's 10th album is a brooding, pissed-off set — great news for fans. Lots of Lightning Bolt's best moments are downtempo, including "Sirens," their own haunted take on the PJ-inspired power-ballad subgenre. But let's be clear: The killer punk-metal rant "Mind Your Manners" should be played extremely loud.

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