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.
On a recent hot July day, we took in an air show in our town. Vintage planes, including a couple of impressive old warbirds, sat majestically on the tarmac for inspection as we darted from wing to wing to find relief from the withering heat.
These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
Slightly Obsessed #189: The Calling
The sound must have been a maddening echo that haunted him at first, tormented by the rooster’s crow that mocked his empty proclamation of loyalty. For three days, his faith lay in the grave with the Savior’s body, darkened by the memory of his public desertion.
Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
A video posted on the suspect’s Facebook page depicted the man in his car facing the monument as a women’s voice, presumably on a car radio, asked, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?”
Slightly Obsessed #187: He Reigns
Has a more beautiful declaration ever been written? Without that truth, we would have been forever lost to life. But because God had all authority firmly in His grasp, Satan had no chance of wresting the universe from Him. Because God reigns, Jesus could heal sickness, forgive sins, and conquer death. Because God is in control, evil was outwitted. Because He is Lord, there is power behind the words, “It is finished.”
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.