|74 2013 Albums I Listened To In Q2: Semi - Ranked
Some of these may have been released in Q1 but I just got around to
listening to them. they are semi ranked to the effect that the higher on
the list they are the closer I am to promoting them to another score and
vice versa. Anything a 3 or above I suggest at least giving a spin.
anything 3.5 and above I don't think would be a waste of anyone's time.
As always recs based on high ratings are welcome and anything ranked
highly that you haven't heard you may consider a rec.
4/5 excellent folk-pop alt/indie (there abouts).
Shaking the Habitual
4/5, quirky and off the wall "Electronica, Psychedelic" think Yacht except they
would eat Yacht's soul.
The North Borders
4/5 "Trip Hop, Electronica" I had never heard of this guy but this album is
The Singles Collection 1979-2012
I was really surprised to see this come out to little to no fanfare. Excellent
collection from a classic band. I've read some issues about there being no b-sides
on it etc but I'm not an ultra fan so it made no difference to me.
Hung At Heart
4/5 "Psychedelic" and I'd add surf rock. I'm not familiar with these guys but this
album was just fun and a pleasant surprise.
|Queens of the Stone Age
4/5 I thought these guys were starting to wind down professionally and wasn't
expecting much from this release but I was wrong wrong wrong. This was out of
left field for me and just a great and solid album.
The Good and The Mean
4/5 poppy Folk-rock: I have no idea who this guy is and I could only find mention of
him on portuguese sites so maybe one or two of our brothers can fill us in. He's the
lead singer to Julie & The Carjackers but I didn't find their album to be as good.
Tales of a Grass Widow
4/5 far more polished and a little more grounded than their previous albums but still
totally off the wall. This was a tremendously enjoyable find for me.
The Hands That Thieve
4/5 As I had stated in the review thread this was just far better than I had any
right to expect. I liked it more than their previous entries and was temninded just
how much I miss hearing good new punk-Ska.
Tape Deck Heart
4/5 This guy just knows how to toe the fucking line. This album fits in perfectly
with the rest of his stellar discog.
4/5 Excellent progression from their previous album, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
People, Hell, and Angels
4/5 I'm not going to get into all the bullshit behind all his posthumous releases. This
is a great album and surprisingly it's a great sounding album. If you like Hendrix I
can't imagine you not liking this.
4/5 It's a laid back Tricky but Trip-Hop can go very well with laid back so no
|The Dillinger Escape Plan
One of Us Is the Killer
4/5 this was precisely what I was expecting and for me is a solid 4.
4/5 Solid 4, not as immediately gratifying as Sit Resist imho but it it rewards
4/5 "post-dubstep" Solid musician, solid album, solid 4
4/5 I really thought this album was getting a bum wrap after previewing it before
giving it to my kid. I think it is a solid pop-rock album and I'd prefer my kid listen to
it over a lot of other crap that is shoveled out there for mass consumption.
It's Up To Emma
4/5 "Folk" I liked it immediately but I'm a little less sure of that 4 than when I first
posted it. It'll stay a 4 for now but either way it is a good an unique album.
3.5/5 not much to say here, solid album as alwayse, I wish i liked it a bit more but I
Water On Mars
3.5/5 "Psychedelic-Rock" This was a pleasant surprise and JT and I haven't stopped
talking about them since. Great album and I definitely recommend it for any fans of
|The Invisible Hands
The Invisible Hands
3.5/5 Alt & Indie
|The Black Angels
3.5/5 "Psychedelic-Rock" not quite as good as Purling Hiss but still pretty damned
|The Haxan Cloak
3.5/5 Dark and brooding this is not usually my thing but the crafting and precision
that went into this is deserves a big nod and really shouldn't be missed.
3.5/5 "Indie Pop" Camera Obscura just doing their thing, if you've liked any of their
previous stuff you'll like this too.
3.5/5 "Punk, Alt Rock, Britpop" Excelent album lots of fun.
3.5/5 Lo-Fi Very 90's alt -rock sounding with it's washed out sound.
3.5/5 Off kilter, lo-fi, indie music, this spawn of a Kickstarter project is surprisingly
delightful at times but it won't be for everyone.
|Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
3.5/5 Great album but it's missing a little something for me... I really feel this should
be a 4/5 but it isn't.
|Captain, We're Sinking
The Future Is Cancelled
3.5/5 "Punk" Conceptually I love everything about this band, excellent album.
3.5/5 "Math-Rock" BATS light, tighter more polished sound than TTNG.
|The Flaming Lips
3.5/5 I expected more, maybe that's my fault?
The Place Beyond the Pines
Double Disco Animal Style
3.5/5 "Hard Rock, Psychedelic" I thought this was a just a great rock album. Others
seem to agree.
3.5/5 "Alt & Indie" Evidently this is kind of a Swedish super group. Some times they
hit and sometimes they miss but a great effort over all.
Modern Vampires of the City
3.5/5 Same VW different day. It's a little less frenetic but but has the same VW
sound over all. Much better tha npeople are giving it credit for imho.
Random Access Memories
3.5/5 I dig what they've done here but I'll be the first to admit that it's lacking the
killer track to make it a great album. Fanboy 3.5 as I really enjoyed it.
|Sound City Players
Sound City: Real To Reel
3.5/5 I think this album is catching some unnecessary flack but you really may have
to watch the documentary in order to really enjoy the album.
The Weighing Of The Heart
3.5/5 "Other, Electronica, Post Rock" Beautifully layered strings and harmonies.
|The Boxer Rebellion
3.5/5 Alt-Rock I found this to be a great alt rock album with solid production, a
tight band and catchy choruses.
|A Hawk And A Hacksaw
You Have Already Gone to the Other World
3.5/5 "Eastern world music sent through a slightly American filter." yah that
description is about right. Expertly crafted... not sure I'll ever listen to it again.
Graffiti On The Train
3.5/5 "Britpop" Quality rivals the The Boxer Rebellion album above but it just isn't
quite as good.
3/5 The rest of these I enjoyed but they jest kind of left me wanting. I don't plan
to ever listen to anything on this list from here down again.
Hyperblast Super Collider
3/5 Noise for noise sake... it took skill to make this album but it might have been
better to focus that skill elsewhere. This reminds me a lot of Unexpect's album from
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
3/5 Nothing wrong with this album it just wan't anything... noteworthy. If I'm
thinking of the right album I do think the guitar work was above average hence the
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3/5, same... just nothing special but not a bad album.
|Dead Can Dance
3/5 DCD fans like GnarlyShillelagh will probably beat off to it but really without being
a fan there is nothing here for you.
|The Besnard Lakes
Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
3/5 This album just dragged and dragged for me. It's not bad for what it is but it
just couldn't hook me at all.
3/5 "Alt & Indie, Post Punk" again nothing wrong with it but just not up to par with
3/5 "Indie" Not as thrilling as the name would suggest.
3/5 "Indie, Folk, Psychedelic" boring, there is better folk and Psychedelic listed
Everybody Loves Sausages
3/5 Nope, not everyone.
3/5 this one I can appreciate the artistry on but... it makes me want to sleep.
Trouble Will Find Me
3/5 A step above average... no idea what you guys love about this.
Twelve Reasons to Die
3/5 oh please go the fuck away... there is so much better than this.
We Will Destroy Each Other
The Sun Comes Out Tonight
3/5 What the fuck do you like about this??? Don't you like yourself more than that?
3/5, moar like music to die too, slowly!
|The Leisure Society
Alone Aboard The Ark
3/5 a little too leisurely.
3/5 it's fine, that is all.
2.5/ the next six are just ho hum
Images Du Futur
|Lilacs and Champagne
Lilacs and Champagne
2.5/5 Not even naming your album after a great movie will save you my dear...
In The Dark English Electric
2/5 from here down I was just annoyed.
What About the Lonely
2/5 I don't think there is anymore room in my life for shoegaze, particularly poorly
Drifters/Love Is The Devil
2/5 Fuck this and fuck you
2/5 I'm pretty sure I dozed off while listening to this.
|She and Him
3/5 I miscounted so I'm popping this one in here. They should probably call it a day
with this project. It's not horrible but it's barely noteworthy.
1.5/5 This is just insulting... fuck you bro just seriously fuck you! btw