One recurring theme in music this past year was the prevalence of “comebacks.” Long-dormant artists released their first new material in 5, 10, 12, or even 22 years, while legendary bands like The Replacements, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Outkast announced reunion gigs. Below is a list of albums that hit the shelves in 2013, ordered by the years since a previous release:

 

  • Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (4 years)
  • Camera Obscura - Desire Lines (4 years)
  • Devendra Banhart - Mala (4 years)
  • Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (4 years)
  • Grant Hart - The Argument (4 years)
  • Har Mar Superstar - Bye Bye 17 (4 years)
  • Mum - Smilewound (4 years)
  • The Black Hollies - Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere (4 years)
  • Volcano Choir - Repave (4 years)
  • Yo La Tengo - Fade (4 years)
  • Johnathan Rice - Good Graces (5 years)
  • King Khan & the Shrines - Idle No More (5 years)
  • Mudhoney - Vanishing Point (5 years)
  • Primal Scream - More Light (5 years)
  • Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork (6 years)
  • Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All (6 years)
  • Tullycraft - Lost in Light Rotation (6 years)
  • The Blow - The Blow (7 years)
  • The Knife - Shaking the Habitual (7 years)
  • Boards of Canada - Tomorrow’s Harvest (8 years)
  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (8 years)
  • Pixies - EP1 (9 years)
  • The Baptist Generals - Jackleg Devotional to the Heart (10 years)
  • David Bowie - The Next Day (10 years)
  • Medicine - To the Happy Few (10 years)
  • Future Bible Heroes - Partygoing (11 years)
  • The London Suede - Bloodsports (11 years)
  • The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanney Valley (12 years)
  • Deltron 3030 - Event 2 (13 years)
  • Sebadoh - Defend Yourself (14 years)
  • Oblivians - Desperation (16 years)
  • Mazzy Star - Seasons of Your Day (17 years)
  • My Bloody Valentine - m b v (22 years)
  • Dot Wiggin - Ready! Get! Go! (44 years)

While some of these albums were critical and commercial successes, others were less so. Which of these albums, in your opinion, were worth the wait? What artists do you hope make a return in 2014?

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