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The 40 Best Albums of 2013 So Far

The Halftime Show

As 2013 cruises towards its summery midpoint, once again we’ve decided to compile an eclectic soundtrack to help you stave off swimmer’s ear — moombahton, footwork, the sunniest black metal record of the year, at least three country divas, an Atlanta rapper whose diamonds wink and say “Pikachu” [sic], and definitive proof that 39 other albums have existed this year besides the new one from Daft Punk.