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The year 2013 was probably just as creative and productive as 2012, however as a reviewer I was somewhat intentionally less engaged. That said I did include Jonathan Butler and Blackmore’s Night albums that could be questionable, not because of the quality but the minimal amount of instrumental music they included. What was not in doubt was the tremendous comeback album of Bradley Joseph’s Paint the Sky but on any given day the creations from any of the artists in my Top Five could be ranked very differently. It was that close. Probably one of the reasons my counterpart does not rank her favorites.

In addition to these 15 albums, I should mention Eleven Eleven by Exchange was an honorable mention.

And as always I want to thank the artists that were willing to risk a critique and also spend part of their promotional budget by investing in a review. Thank you for that honor.
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Cover image of the album Paint the sky by Bradley Joseph
Bradley Joseph
June 10, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Michael's Albums of the Year
2
Cover image of the album Loveren by David Arkenstone
David Arkenstone and Charlee Brooks
May 23, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
3
Cover image of the album Dreaming of Now by Shambhu
Shambhu
January 5, 2014
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
4
Cover image of the album The Space Between by Chad Lawson
Chad Lawson
August 4, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
5
Cover image of the album Heading West by Mike Howe
Mike Howe
May 11, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
6
Cover image of the album Passions by George Skaroulis
George Skaroulis
February 16, 2014
Review by Michael Debbage
7
Cover image of the album Merry Christmas to You by Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler
December 7, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar musicHoliday Albums
8
Cover image of the album HandPicked by Earl Klugh
Earl Klugh
September 30, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
9
Cover image of the album Full Circle by Lawson Rollins
Lawson Rollins
July 13, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
10
Cover image of the album What the Winter Said by Kathryn Kaye
Kathryn Kaye
March 1, 2014
Review by Michael Debbage
Holiday Albums
11
Cover image of the album Dancer and the Moon by Blackmore's Night
Blackmore's Night
October 14, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Guitar music
12
Cover image of the album 600 Years in a Moment by Fiona Joy
Fiona Joy Hawkins
February 15, 2014
Review by Michael Debbage
13
Cover image of the album Pianoforte by Timothy Crane
Timothy Crane
March 2, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
14
Cover image of the album Dreaming the Afterlife by Sonaljit
Sonaljit
December 28, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage
Debut Albums
15
Cover image of the album Dreamweaver by Gandalf
Gandalf
June 29, 2013
Review by Michael Debbage