Monday, October 7, 2013

The Talant's Catch Up: July-October 2013

It's been a busy year for music and a busy couple of months for yours truly. Lot's of albums have come out and I haven't had the chance to give a proper review to them, so here are their scores and a short synopsis of my thoughts. I also missed a few albums in the last catch up, so the list isn't exactly true to it's title of "July-October", but I'm sure you'll get over it.

Christopher Owens - Lysandre (Jan. 15):
Former lead singer of the San Fransisco band
'Girls' delivers a solid, but sadly short solo

Deer Tick - Negativity (Sept. 24): Deer Tick's
latest effort measures up to be one of their best
records of their career.

Deerhunter - Monomania (May 6): Deerhunter
crushes it yet again, this time with a lo-fi, garage
record that make you want to jump around and
break shit.

Drake - Nothing Was The Same (Sept. 24): Once
again, Drake delivers another stunning, fresh,
and exciting album. He continues to show why,
behind Kanye, he's the best in the game.

Grouplove - Spreading Rumors (Sept. 17): A
very disappointing follow up to their debut. With
only three notable tracks on a thirteen track record
Grouplove hits the Sophomore slump hard.

Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost (April 16): Samuel
Beam's fifth studio album under the name Iron &
Wine may not be his best effort to date but is still
one of the most beautiful displays of songwriting
of the year.

James Blake - Overgrown (April 5): Blake is
an innovator. He is single handedly creating a
new genre and he is doing it in a breathtaking
fashion. First with his masterful self-titled debut
and now with Overgrown.

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
2 of 2 (Sept. 30): JT's second chapter to the
earth shattering 20/20 Experience doesn't
measure up to it's predecessor, it doesn't even
come close. It's long, tired, and sexy in a
strangely annoying way.

Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (Oct. 8): No, this is
not just some big prank Miley was playing
on us. Bangerz is for real. It's one of the
better pop records that I've gotten the chance
to listen to this year. Put a side the controversy
and give this album a chance, even the biggest
Miley hater might just find themselves bopping
their head

My Bloody Valentine - mbv (Feb. 2): The
unexpected return of one of the greatest
progressive rock bands in history gave us
mbv, and damn it, was it worth the wait!

The Vaccines - Melody Calling EP (Aug. 12):
After their interesting Sophomore album
Come Of Age, fans were't sure what to expect
from the band next. The Melody Calling EP
seems to hint at a return to the sounds of their
excellent debut album What Did You Expect.

Dr. Dog - B-Room (Sept. 30): After last year's
fantastic Be The Void, I had no idea how Dr. Dog
was going to follow up after such a short break from
the studio, but the managed to exceed my exceptions
with the mysterious B-Room.

Haim - Days Are Gone (Sept. 30): Girls. Girls with
guitars. Girls with amazing song writing skills. What's
not to like about the Haim sisters? I sure as hell don't

Panic! At The Disco - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare
To Die (Oct. 8): Too Weird is short, sweet, and to
the point. Panic! is back, but they're not the band
you knew back in the Fever days. This is a pop album
and it's fucking awesome.

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (Sept. 3): Trent
Reznor used to have so much worth wining about in
the 90's,  but now that he's an Oscar winner and avid
film scorer, it just seems annoying and the obnox-
ious icy synths that show up far too often don't help

The Weeknd - Kiss Land (Sept. 10): The hype may have
gotten to Abel Tesfaye's head on this one.

-The Talent

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