Sophomore releases tend to be crucial for the longevity of every recording artist’s career. While his excellent self-titled debut album has made him a key figure within the indie and electronic circuits, James Blake’s second full-length offering Overgrown has raised the bar more than just one step higher. Driven by the juxtaposition between lyrics of love, pining and loneliness with harmonious music, Overgrown beautifully showcases the complexity of Blake’s sonic palette as well as his abilities as a composer. As virtuosic and genre-bending his debut album was, it takes things even one step further in terms of consistence and growth, making the 25-year old singer-songwriter and producer one of the most influential musicians of our time.
It’s that time of the year again. As 2013 comes to an end, the moment has arrived to take a look back and see what musical gifts the past 12 months had in store for us. While we usually list our Top 50 choices for each category, we decided to switch things up a little this time around. In this year’s End of Year-list edition, we share with you our top 10 choices plus six notable mentions of the following categories: Album Of The Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. In addition, you are invited to voice your opinion by selecting one of the 20 listed options from the poll form below. In case you do not agree with any of them, you can debate as to why in the comment section. The result of your votes will be shown on January 2.
Today we present you our top 10 album choices, spearheaded by James Blake’s brilliant sophomore release Overgrown. It faced tough competition from two of the most talked-about full-length offerings this year: Kanye West’s Yeezus and Drake’s Nothing Was The Same offerings. Despite its mixtape format, its complexity and cohesiveness catapulted Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap to our top 10 ranking. See below who else made it on our list.