Best of 2013 – Part 2, Best Albums

2013 has been a great year for . We have expanded our staff and coverage to bring more bands and live acts to the attention of fans and readers, and are looking forward to 2014 with great anticipation as we focus on the music coming out of all corners of New York State. Music festivals and incredible tours pepper the Upstate New York music calendar, giving broad musical choices for the 8 million New Yorkers who call Upstate their home.

Our staff writers and photographers were asked to look back at the full year of music in Upstate New York and beyond, and weigh in with their best of 2013. We looked at 10 categories – Best Upstate Show, Best Show, Best Upstate Album, Best Album, Best Upstate Festival, Best Festival, Best Upstate Venue, Best Venue, Best Band on the Rise and Jam of the Year –  and came up with the best music we have seen and heard this year.

Here’s part 2 of 5, looking at the Best Albums of 2013

Best Upstate Album

Top Picks

Floodwood This is Life

Solaris Neon

Donna the Buffalo Tonight, Tomorrow, Yesterday

Rest of the Best

Smackdab II

Crows Cage Forgiven Sins

Eastbound Jesus Northern Rock

Jeff Bujak User Correction

Blind Owl Band This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel

Bad Cello Finna EP

Ocupanther Progressor

Driftwood Rock-N-Roll Heart

Formula 5 Formula 5

Best Album overall

Top Picks

Daft Punk Random Access Memories 

Arcade Fire Reflektor 

Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt 

Rest of the Best

Phish Ventura ’98

Alan Evans Trio Merkaba

The Deep Dark Woods Jubilee

David Bowie The Next Day

McCartney New

Imagine Dragons Night Vision

Toro Y Moi Anything in Return

Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest

Oh Honey  With Love EP

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City

Phish Chicago ’94

Lorde Pure Heroine

Did we miss an album this year that you thought was great? Sound off in the comments!