In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new android ears. #getlucky
"Spring Breakers" soundtrack: Dubstep 'n inst. score capturing spirit of moment just as 'Singles,' '16 Candles' & 'Apocalypse Now' before.
Earl Sweatshirt, "Doris":
Queens of the Stone Age, "Like Clockwork." Melodic distortion from best hard rock band on Earth. Mesmerizing, honest, sweet but barbed.
Laura Marling, "Once I Was An Eagle." British folk rock starring voice with backbone. LP will get 25-year reissue in 2038 to grand acclaim.
Chance the Rapper, "Acid Rap." Tripped-out reporting of bloody Chicago from teen breakout. Hard but witty, tough but emo. #lsd #cocoabutter
N. Miss. Allstars, "World Boogie Is Coming." "Sandinista!" of blues from Dickinson bros. Guitar, fife, drum — and Robert Plant on harp.
Kanye West, 'Yeezus." Unrepentant, polarizing, furiously minimal, 'Yeezus' succeeded despite/because of the ego who built it. #croissants