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Guitar World Staff Picks: Damian Fanelli's Top 10 Albums of 2013

I'm not exactly sure how to describe my take on the music that came out in 2013.

Did I simply take a year off — a vacation, if you will — from listening to new stuff? Did I intentionally focus on old stuff, reissues, box sets and new albums by artists who have been on the scene for decades?

Simple answer? Yeah, that's pretty much what I did. And I had a good time.

That said, I'm looking forward to a ton of new albums that are scheduled for 2014, including the Reverend Horton Heat's Rev and a new one from Jeff Beck.

On that note, here are my top 11 (yes, 11 — call it a bonus!) albums of 2013. See you next year!

For the rest of Guitar World's Year End 2013 content — including Brad Tolinski's 10 Best Albums of the Year, Guitar World's 30 Best Albums of the Year, a Tribute to the Rockers We Lost in 2013, Paul Riario's top gear picks and more, head HERE.

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Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.