There have been four magnificent albums in 2013. Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, and Daft Punk. Four LPs that will sweep the top of every year-end list that matters.
But before we appoint legendary status to the crop of 2013, let’s admit what’s in the back of all our minds: the true competition — the benchmark of beauty and towering inferno of acclaim — stood silent this year, out of contention.
For that reason, 2013’s most accomplished music, agreeable as it may be, will carry an asterisk — a caveat to victory that we employ on the top records from any and every year that Death Cab lie in wait.