At the risk of offending everyone involved in the scene, I must report that 2013 was a stellar year for emo. In most genres, that might be cause for celebration, but as any emo fan will tell you, declarations of affection for and appreciation of that music are never straightforward. So while 2013 saw great releases from the likes of Their/They're/There, You Blew It!, Have Mercy, The Story So Far, Dads, Man Overboard, Balance and Composure, and dozens of others, you won't find any of them in the Pazz & Jop poll results. That's in part because the genre has always flown under the mainstream radar, but this year that isolationism was largely self-imposed; every time the word "emo" was mentioned by the music press, most of its fans and practitioners stubbornly refused to acknowledge the man behind the curtain in the Cap'n Jazz hoodie.
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