M+N Critics Poll 2013

The results are in for our annual critics poll. We count down the top 25 Australian records of 2013, a diverse year with a few clear frontrunners.

25. World’s End Press

World’s End Press

What we said: [?I’d love to find some negative aspects, for the sake of balance, but I’ve got nothing. I’m floored.?](/releases/2001254)

24. Underground Lovers


What we said: [?If Weekend was simply the seventh Underground Lovers album it’d be considered exceptional. That it’s appeared after so long a break makes it nothing short of amazing.](/releases/2001191)

23. Summer Flake

You Can Have It All
(Rice is Nice)

What we said: [?Stephanie Crase knows the beauty in brooding. It’s all over her debut album as Summer Flake – part low-key confessionals to the listener and part circular conversations with the proverbial mirror.?](/reviews/4616751/)

More reading: [Track by Track](/articles/4612668)

22. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Push the Sky Away
(Bad Seed Ltd.)

What we said: [?Nick Cave is beyond having to prove anything to anybody. But Push the Sky Away is testament to the singer-songwriter’s ability to successfully flex against the constraints of his own craft.?](/reviews/4563817)

21. Machine Translations

The Bright Door

What we said: [?I’m not sure if the name is an in-joke, but I can’t think of many people making music more achingly human than Greg ?J? Walker. His are ordinary machines: imperfect, breathing and sighing.?](/releases/2001280)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4626638)

20. Don Walker

Hully Gully

What we said: [?It’s a record with an intense, assured feel and a clean, inviting sound …. I look forward very much to spending a long time in its company.?](/releases/2001237)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4610533)

19. Cut Copy

Free Your Mind

What we said: [?If you appreciated them as weightless dancefloor stylists and covert pop classicists, Free Your Mind will hit the same sweet-spot.?](/releases/2001267)

18. Bushwalking

No Enter

What we said: [?I could expound on what is dynamic, thought-provoking and enjoyable about No Enter indefinitely, but that wouldn’t be nearly as exciting as actually listening to it.?](/releases/2001248)

17. Big Scary

Not Art

What we said: [?These are youth raiding the FM airwaves of the ?80s. They’ve got a ?big? album. Big like a Don Henley record.?](/releases/2001223)

16. Beaches

She Beats

What we said: [?Beaches transcend time in a sound that is at once unique and familiar, grounded and otherworldly.?](/releases/2001199)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4588170)

15. Abbe May

Kiss My Apocalypse

What we said: [?Kiss My Apocalypse is May’s best record so far and also the most likely to succeed commercially.?](/releases/2001202)

14. The Necks

(Fish of Milk/Fuse)

What we said: [?The cumulative effect is a kind of transcendent stasis, a liminal state of blissful relief much greater than the sum of its parts – It’s a stunning piece of work.?](/releases/2001285)

13. Primitive Calculators

The World is Fucked

What we said: [?This is a nasty, vicious, misanthropic, spiteful album and I never want to hear it again.?](/releases/2001275)

More reading: [Track by Track](/articles/4630620)

12. Kirin J Callinan

(Siberia/Remote Control)

What we said: [?Kirin J Callinan makes you think. Sometimes, that’s all you can really hope for.?](/releases/2001217)

More reading: [Track by Track](/articles/4595252); [long-form feature](/articles/4568052)

11. Gardland

Syndrome Syndrome
(RVNG Intl/Inertia)

What we said: [?On first blush another slice of abstract techno, maybe produced anywhere between Detroit and Berlin, but listen closely and you’ll begin to hear a very local landscape.?](/releases/2001304)


10. Angel Eyes

Final Fare
(Bedroom Suck)

What we said: [?It’s strange to imagine that there’s a hidden meaning behind the distorted moans, but the record is stronger for having that meaning left in the distance.?](/releases/2001172)

9. Ooga Boogas

Ooga Boogas

What we said: [?This is the best record of the year, and the Ooga Boogas are the best band in the world.?](/releases/2001198)

More reading: [Track by Track](/articles/4571561)

8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Float Along/Fill Your Lungs
(Flightless/Dot Dash)

What we said: [?As far as their place in psychedelia goes, they make the Tame Impala/Pond coterie seem like little boys playing in the sand with toys.?](/reviews/4620210)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4574833)

7. Courtney Barnett

How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose

What we said: [?It’s hard to imagine an ambassador better suited than someone as acutely insightful as Courtney Barnett.?](/releases/2001261)

More reading: [Long-form feature](/articles/4630222)

6. Bed Wettin Bad Boys

Ready for Boredom
(R.I.P. Society)

What we said: [?Ready for Boredom captures four guys who use rock and roll not as some kind of salvation but rather just as a way to deal with getting older.?](/releases/2001161)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4552611)

5. Standish/Carlyon

Deleted Scenes

What we said: [?Deleted Scenes is so far removed from rock’s regular physicality that it feels like an abstraction: the sound of desire rather than the desire itself.?](/releases/2001203)

More reading: [Track by Track](/articles/4603285)

4. The Native Cats

(R.I.P. Society)

What we said: [?Packaging experimentation and earnest poetic songwriting into a singular and palatable piece of work.?](/releases/2001221)

3. TV Colours

Purple Skies, Toxic River
(Dream Damage)

What we said: [?It is a self-assured record and one of the year’s best.?](/releases/2001212)

2. Dick Diver

Calendar Days

What we said: [?These songs romanticise insignificance, their characters observing a world that carries on unaffected by their everyday problems.?](/releases/2001180)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4597631)

1. The Drones

I See Seaweed

What we said: [?There’s not a note wasted on I See Seaweed and the result is eight songs as streamlined in intent as a shark at dusk – I’d say it’s the best Drones record so far.?](/releases/2001178)

More reading: [Interview](/articles/4573230)

TOMORROW: The results of our annual Readers Poll


####Compiled from the votes of Max Easton, David Nichols, Jules LeFevre, Lawson Fletcher, Patrick Emery, Steph Kretowicz, Edward Sharp-Paul, Aaron Curran, Ian Rogers, Anthony Carew, Andrew P Street, Tim Scott, A.H. Cayley, Jody Macgregor, Doug Wallen, Darren Levin, Tim Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Judge, Barnaby Smith, Kate Hennessy, Luke Telford, Samuel J Fell, Hannah Brooks, Everett True, Christopher Lewis, Freya Zaknich, Trevor Block, Jeremy Story Carter, Adam Curley, Jake Cleland, Nick Argyriou and Matt Shea.