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.
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