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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Waxahatchee, 'Cerulean Salt'

Courtesy of Don Giovanni Records

In a year of great Nineties-indebted, female-fronted indie-rock albums (see also: Swearin', Speedy Ortiz), Katie Crutchfield's stood out. It's full of rubbed-raw heart-to-hearts about hanging with other miserable young people, waiting for the fun part to begin, and starting to get the suspicion this might be the fun part.

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