The 25 Best Albums of the First Half of 2013

It’s the middle of the year, so that means… it’s list time! We’re celebrating National Patriotic Beer-Drinking Day by evaluating the year in culture to date, and as far as music goes, that means looking back on the best records that have been released during the last six months. Click through to count down with us from 25 to 1! And then amuse yourself by playing the whole lot at high volume to your barbecue guests/roommates/long-suffering neighbors!

25Scout Niblett — It’s Up to Emma

The constantly under-appreciated Scout Niblett channels her inner PJ Harvey on this record, with generally excellent results. Also contains a killer cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs.”