Even as singles gain increasing traction in the fast-paced scene that has developed in the age of the internet, there is something special—maybe even more so now—about spending time with full-length records. In the first half of 2013, our favorite albums are as diverse as the music of the moment. Legends are returning, fresh faces are emerging, and genres are bending themselves into new and almost unrecognizable forms. With the second half of the year already making some big promises, we look back on the 2013 so far and pick our top albums.