We here at soulhead have enjoyed being your trusted source for breaking information in all things soul. From reminiscing on all the classic sounds that game to define a generation, to the new music that reflects the great legacy of soul music, 2013 has been good to us!
And while we love all the artists we’ve profiled over the years, there are a few that have stood out to us! This list is a companion piece to our “Year in Review in Reviews 2013”. You shouldn’t leave 2013 without at least checking out these albums!
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Best of 2013- As Told by Our Contributors
First of all, it would be unfair to not simply get this out of the way: Beyonce.
There, we’ve said it.
For all the reasons listed in our recent review of the celebrated album, 2013 was the year of Queen B, and we believe this list would be incomplete without mentioning it. Now, that said, there’s is still much love (and hype) surrounding that album, so we’ll take this time travelling a bit deeper in to our recesses to get in to some serious talking about our favorite albums of the year, starting with the paragon of controversy and brilliance, Kanye West.
And speaking on sleepers…
The Detroit native crept on to the scenes and acted with this quiet gusto that barely broke notice above the underground. But nonetheless, we loved everything about this album. The way Black Milk managed to chronicle the lives of Detroit denizens with innovative beats that straddle and defy genre lines was remarkable. In fact, we still shiver thinking about the duality of “Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst”.
And lastly, rounding out this Best of 2013, we cannot leave out a man who has worked a lot harder this year than we realize, Mr. Justin Timberlake.
It is true, in the name of pop culture it would seem that this year goes to Mrs. Carter, flat out. But considering both A-rated projects put out by JT (The 20/20 Experience, and 2 of 2), we have to tip our hat to him and realize how influential he has been this year. Indeed, of Bey is the Queen of Pop, Justin is at least the Prince Consort!
We have loved this year 2013! It seems that most of the music this year seems like it has been dominated by new projects from pop culture mainstays and heavyweights who have finally found their stride, producing the music they want their fans to hear. We love this sense of unbridled freedom from our super soul stars and want them to continue to do so!
And for all of their success, there were still several projects from more low-key artists that really earned our hearts and ears. We can only hope that 2014 will see more of the lowkey types continuing to produce create music and battling towards prominence.
Here’s to another year of great and even greater music that livens our hearts and stirs our souls!