2013 Music Review Marathon

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.

2013 Is A Crazy Year For Music

Looking back at 2013, and I’m realizing how many new albums came out this year that I cared about.

Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Vampire Weekend, Nine Inch Nails

and MIA, Franz Ferdinand, and The Fratellis have albums coming out soon too!

So, I’m writing this little blurb right now just as a personal reminded that I need to listen to the new NIN album, and a commitment of sorts to try and review some of the albums that have came out in 2013.

Also coming out this year: new Beck music, new Arcade Fire, new Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, new Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and new Queens of the Stoneage.

You understand? This is the year my iPod explodes.

Roses’ “Roses EP” (2013)

Roses is a self-described “Romantic Rock’n’Roll Synthpop Band,” and while my experience with Synthpop may be limited I totally understand what they mean by Romantic Rock’n’Roll. Roses’ EP is a braid of soft keyboards, pulsing sin waves, clean guitars, and modestly pretty voices. The band has a particular way of describing painfully obsessive love.  The third track, So Very Wild asks the question “How can I love you when you’re so very wild?” with a sense of romantic honesty that reminds me of Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City” (2013). Sometimes words fail us, and Roses doesn’t shy away from occasional non-linguistic chorus of “la’s” or “oh’s,” not unlike the The Fratellis’ sing-along-bar songs, if that particular bar was a little bit quieter and somber. My favorite thing about Roses’ EP is how they let songs step in both Romantic Rock’n’Roll and Synthpop. It’s not like they sat down and arbitrarily decided one song would be Rock and one song would be Synthpop, each song has a little bit of both and it makes for a dynamic and interesting listen on top of being catchy and pleasant.