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AP music writers' top 10 albums of the year

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  • This undated publicity photo provided by Republic Records shows the album cover for "Yours Truly," by Ariana Grande. With the help of the epic Kenneth ìBabyfaceî Edmonds, the 20-year-old Grande crafted an album that harks on 90ís R&B and highlights her gorgeous, rich tone that mirrors Mariah Carey and at times, Toni Braxton.

      This undated publicity photo provided by Republic Records shows the album cover for "Yours Truly," by Ariana Grande. With the help of the epic Kenneth ìBabyfaceî Edmonds, the 20-year-old Grande crafted an album that harks on 90ís R&B and highlights her gorgeous, rich tone that mirrors Mariah Carey and at times, Toni Braxton.
    Associated Press

  • This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Born Sinner," by J. Cole. This year featured anticipated albums from Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake, but J. Cole has the rap album of the year.

      This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Born Sinner," by J. Cole. This year featured anticipated albums from Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake, but J. Cole has the rap album of the year.
    Associated Press

  • This CD cover image released by Epic Records shows "The Blessed Unrest," by Sara Bareilles. The Grammys got it right; Bareillesí third release, ìThe Blessed Unrest, î is one of the year's best thanks to its mix of upbeat and classic-sounding piano tunes, all anchored by the performers sweet and powerful tone.

      This CD cover image released by Epic Records shows "The Blessed Unrest," by Sara Bareilles. The Grammys got it right; Bareillesí third release, ìThe Blessed Unrest, î is one of the year's best thanks to its mix of upbeat and classic-sounding piano tunes, all anchored by the performers sweet and powerful tone.
    Associated Press

  • This CD cover image released by 101 Distribution shows "Goldenheart," by Dawn Richard. While Danity Kaneís reunion is somewhat exciting, Richards solo project was electrifying. The singer, who was also part of the Diddy-Dirty Money trio, is in perfect form on ìGoldenheart, î where she explores various R&B and pop sounds, including beats that are electronic, smooth and downtempo.

      This CD cover image released by 101 Distribution shows "Goldenheart," by Dawn Richard. While Danity Kaneís reunion is somewhat exciting, Richards solo project was electrifying. The singer, who was also part of the Diddy-Dirty Money trio, is in perfect form on ìGoldenheart, î where she explores various R&B and pop sounds, including beats that are electronic, smooth and downtempo.
    Associated Press

  • This CD cover image released by Matador Records shows "Like Clockwork," by Queens of the Stone Age. Homme turned in one of his most nuanced, thoughtful and emotionally powerful albums with this melancholy examination of mortality in what was otherwise a tepid year for rock 'n' roll.

      This CD cover image released by Matador Records shows "Like Clockwork," by Queens of the Stone Age. Homme turned in one of his most nuanced, thoughtful and emotionally powerful albums with this melancholy examination of mortality in what was otherwise a tepid year for rock 'n' roll.
    Associated Press

 
By Mesfin Fekadu and Chris Talbott

From the goovy melodies of ariana grande to th electrifying solo project of dawn richard, 2013 was a great year for music. associated press music writers mesfin fekadu and chris talbott pick their top 10 albums of the year.

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