We have just over forty days left in 2013, which I think has been a pretty good year all things considered, filled with lots of hard times and losses sure – but more wins than losses! In an attempt to catch up on this year’s albums that I haven’t listened to yet I thought I’d vaguely plan out a few music reviews to last until 2014.
1. Arctic Monkey’s “AM” (2013)
Arctic Monkeys used to be one of my favorite bands ever, I used to buy every little EP and single that came out, back when there was only one album. Now, their fifth album “AM” marks the peak of their commercial success, and since I haven’t listened to any new Arctic Monkeys since 2009’s “Humbug” I thought I’d check out what my Arctic Monkeys have been up to.
2 Franz Ferdinand’s “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” (2013)
Franz Ferdinand’s last release, “Tonight” (2009) has a permanent place on my iPod, and is one of my favorite albums of all time, easily. I’ve given “Right” a few listens here and there, but haven’t really came down with a definite opinion on the album… yet.
3. Queens of The Stone Age’s “…Like Clockwork” (2013)
Josh Homme produced my favorite Arctic Monkey’s album, “Humbug” (2009), and QOTSA’s “Songs For The Deaf” (2002) and “Era Vulgaris” (2007) are just downright masterpieces. I’ve heard nothing but good things about “…Like Clockwork” and even claims that it’s QOTSA’s best album yet. We’ll see if that’s true.
4. The Fratellis’ “We Need Medicine” (2013)
The Fratellis’ “Costello Music” has to be up there in my Top 25 albums; there were months where I wanted nothing but my Fratellis on repeat, and they’ve accompanied me on many exercise sessions. I never listened straight through their second release “Here We Stand” (2008), but “We Need Medicine” marks the band’s reunion, and I’ll be damned if I don’t welcome it into my heart before the end of 2014.
5. Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (2013)
Her single “Royals” hit me like a bad of bricks, it’s constantly stuck in my head, and I’m powerless to submit to frequent listens. I’ve listened to the full album, and I definitely like it, so I’m going to give Lorde’s first release the courtesy of a full review.