Five Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 and One That's Driving Me Crazy by Kevin Thorson on 2013-04-03 09:36:34
So with March just behind us that puts three months of music already in the bag. We've seen some great releases so far this year like Red, Audio Adrenaline, and Plumb all of which didn't disappoint. So with part of the year's best releases already past us I thought it a great time to write a most anticipated albums article. Way to time an article.
Having said that though there's still some great new releases heading our way. Below I've listed the five I really can't wait for and one certain album that I've been waiting an eternity to hear. See my picks and let me know if you agree.
#5 - Switchfoot "Fading West" (sometime 2013. probably summer)
So "Fading West" is actually a documentary and not an album, it's still going to be one of the releases to look for. Switchfoot always does quality stuff and this won't be an exception. You can expect to see a lot of surfing in this doc if this teaser is any indicator. Switchfoot and surf go together like hotdogs and July 4th, which is probably close to the day it's going to be released.
#4 - Silverline "Lights Out" (April 9)
I've been following this indie rock band for years now hoping that their Christ filled messages would reach the masses. Well more and more people are catching on to their music since they recently signed with label Dream Records and are now about to release their new album "Lights Out". This is one amazing rock album and one you gotta share with your friends. Get their title song "Lights Out" for free here and have a listen for yourself.
#3 - The Letter Black "Rebuild" (Soon)
They're in that same category as Red, Fireflight, or Write This Down. You know, buy it, crank it, and watch the paint peel off the walls. It's just utterly beautiful and a bit destructive. The Letter Black is never a let down and their new music video "The Only One" is the proof.
#2 - Skillet "Rise" (June 25)
Go big or go home. Skillet's monstrous anthems are the stuff of legends, and so are the album titles they choose. I'm thinking "Rise" continues in that theme, and that should be a clue that this release could be a huge hit. After hearing some early song previews like "Sick of It" I'm going out on a limb and saying this will be their biggest success to date. Period.
#1 - Relient K "Collapsible Lung" (soon)
I can never get enough of Relient K's wit and musical twists, but I don't have much of a choice. Their albums are torturously far between and the wait is down right painful, but that makes their releases so much sweeter I guess. I'm sure it's deliberate. The question is always what will this album sound like? I loved the unsophisticated understated style of "Forget and Not Slow Down" but will the next evolution of Relient K be totally unfamiliar to us? Let's hope not. I'm a bit nervous after hearing "That's My Jam". It's a good track, I just hope there's not to much 'bubble gum' stuck to their next project. One thing I do know is that their albums are never disappointing, which is why it's my most anticipated album of 2013. Whatever it is.
Bleach "untitled" (never?)
This one's driving me crazy. Where are you Bleach? Remember @bleachisalive? So many were thrilled to hear of a new album, well at least I was and still am. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 2013.
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.