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The best overlooked albums of 2013

All that talk of Beyoncé, Miley, Timberlake, Lorde, and Kanye overshadowed a greater truth: 2013 was flush with terrific albums that could have, and should have, found a bigger audience. Here are 10 of them. James Reed

It’s safe to say most folks discovered Aiko as a secondary player on Drake’s latest album, “Nothing Was the Same.” Aiko’s touch was so light that it was nearly vaporous, but you couldn’t forget her breathy introduction on “From Time.” She exuded the same less-is-more sensuality on “Sail Out,” her debut EP of stripped-down, simmering R&B that put her in the lineage of understated singers, from Sade to Aaliyah.

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