[YEAR-END] Honorable Mentions Of 2013

Ian-Isiah-The-Love-ChampionAs the first installment of the ‘Best Albums of 2013’ list, these releases just barely made the list. They’re not top 50 worthy, but each album had good songs that are worth featuring.

AlunaGeorge – Body Music
A TUA favorite (see 1 and 2), this UK duo’s debut album was highly anticipated but didn’t make the stateside impact anticipated.

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest
Amidst “Roar” comparison controversies, Sara’s quiet third album manager to scoop a prestigious ‘Album of the Year’ nomination.

Bilal – A Love Surreal
Bilal’s latest may be his first effort without Solange’, but there’s still lots of good songs.

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
I’ve never really been a fan of his, but I was very glad that he worked with Diplo on two tracks (“Gorilla” and “Money Makes Her Smile”).

Chase and Status – Brand New Machine
Widely known for producing Rihanna’s “Wait Your Turn” and “G4L”, this production duo’s third album spawned a few international hits.

Robert Delong – Just Movement
After seeing the Washington native perform live at this year’s NYC Governor’s Ball, it’s clear that Robert’s beats are some of the best around.

Diplo – Revolution EP
Every Diplo EP is great, and this one continues his trend of modernizing the ‘bounce’ music craze.

Wynter Gordon – Human Condition: Part 2 Sanguine
Wynter continues her trend of feel-good soul on her second installment of her ‘Human Condition’ series.

Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go
On his third album, Mayer links up with Pharrell for an interesting (but somewhat successful) mix of genres.

Ian Isaih – The Love Champion
After declaring that he wanted to be the Tank of gay male singers, soul crooner Ian Isaih released an impressive debut mixtape.

Lady – Lady
Nicole Wray’s neo-soul project had no promotion and still made waves just because of her iconic name as a pioneer of early 2000s R&B.

Le1f – Tree House
Le1f’s definitely amongst the top when it comes to gay rappers, and his third mixtape ‘Tree House’ is a lyrical journey that deserves recognition.

Lenka – Shadows
The Australian singer-songwriter’s third album was wrongly overlooked by international charts.

London Grammar – If You Wait
Already Gold in the UK, London Grammar’s debut has spawned six hit singles in 2013 alone.

Paramore – Paramore
Self-titled albums are usually an artist’s best work (except for Ciara’s case), and Paramore’s third effort doesn’t disappoint.

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