Blog: 2013’s Best Music in Haiku

As the year comes to a close, countless words will be written about the year’s best records. In an effort not to add to the glut of words, I offer one haiku to each of my ten favorite albums of 2013. If you think I’ve missed one, please let me know, preferably with a haiku about what makes it special.

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NEKO CASE

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

It can’t be easy

To improve on perfection

But she has done it

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NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Push the Sky Away

Thirty-five years in

Instead of disappointing

Still bringing the dread

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CHELSEA WOLFE

Pain is Beauty

 Dark lush and gothic

As she says, destruction makes

The world burn brighter

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SKY FERREIRA

Night Time, My Time

Hey mega divas

Here is a fun album that

Is real deal art pop

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 JON HOPKINS

Immunity

Sonic symphonic

Masterpiece electronic

My writing soundtrack

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 KACEY MUSGRAVES

Same Trailer, Different Park

 This is a record

That could turn Juliette Barnes

Into Reyna James

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THE WEEKND

Kiss Land

Like Michael Jackson

But produced by Portishead

Self-loathing head trip

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GOLDFRAPP

Tales of Us

Long hot bath music

Melancholy ache music

Beautiful music

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JANELLE MONAE

The Electric Lady

Epic ambition

Future rock rhythm and blues

Prince’s true Princess

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JAMES BLAKE

Overgrown

Although the Grammys

Think he is a new artist

He is two for two

 

 

 

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