Mini-reviews of 2013 albums

Album: The Big Dream - David Lynch
Thoughts: Strangely the singles Star Dream Girl & The Big Dream are not my favorites. The album has excellent production, the soundscapes give it a dreamlike and haunting mood.
My picks are: The Line it Curves, Cold Wind Blowin, Are You Sure, Say It, Wishing Well, and I'm Waiting Here" (featuring Lykke Li)
Honestly most of the songs are of the same standard, so tough to say a track is better than another.
I could imagine is excellent driving music. (I listened to it at Pitchfork Advance)
Rating 4 out of 5

BE - Beady Eye
Thoughts: From Liam Gallagher, former member of Oasis. A pretty good album that was better than I expected it to be.
Favorite tracks:
Flick of the Finger
Don't Brother Me
Second Bite of The Apple
Shine a Light
Rating 4 out of 5

Album: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro - Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Thoughts: The lyrics are quite “academic” and demanding on the listener. Has a few highlights, especially: Just To Make Me Feel Good, & Here I am. I like how it mixed the female and male vocals. If I had to criticize, it feels as if the writing is more important than the melodies.
Rating 3 out of 5

Album: The Redeemer – Dean Blunt
Thoughts: An experimental LP, which is not for everyone. It has weak tracks too, but atmospheric and genre-breaking, with a bit of everything: instrumentals, water, phone messages, horror music, church bells at New Year, you name it.
The Redeemer – feat. Inga Copeland
Demon feat. Joanne Robertson
Walls of Jericho
Seven Seals of Affirmation
Rating 3.5 out of 5

Album: Caveman – Caveman
Thoughts: The tracks float along, indie rock is probably best way to describe it. The vocal I feel I’ve heard before from other bands. What impressed me are the sonic soundscapes, which lift it above average.
Favorite tracks:
In the City
Shut You Down
Over My Head
Rating 4 out of 5

Album: If you Leave - Daughter
Thoughts: An interesting new discovery. It doesn’t leap out at you as that great on first listen, yet it has a quiet, understated power. Some listeners may not be able to handle the sad vocal, though the music does get under my skin. I don’t know if I’ll still be listening to the album in a few months, but you should give it a shot. The vocal is similar to Cat Power.
Favorite tracks:
3.5 out of 5

Album: Me Moan - Daugton Gibson
Thoughts: Two or three ok tracks, but I was bored by the rest of the album. Didn't live up to the promise of his debut album from last year, maybe he should have waited, and not have put out new material so soon.
The Sound of law
Into The Sea
2.5 out of 5

Heard any of these albums yet? Which new music are you listening to? Share your opinions in the comments.


  1. The only record in that list I'm interested in listening to is the David Lynch album.

    There has been some new records that I added to my 2013 list. The Pacific Rim soundtrack as well as the new albums by Front Line Assembly, OMD, and the Pet Shop Boys which are all pretty good. If you haven't been following my music blog, some new NIN songs were performed in Japan and man they're fucking good.

    1. @thevoid99: The David Lynch album is good, but his singing vocal is obviously not for everyone.
      I haven’t heard those other albums you mention, I’ll see if they are for me. You must be pretty happy NIN songs are dropping.

  2. Chris, I'm glad someone else is paying attention to 2013 albums for me. I don't have a clue what's going on, but appreciated this post as a jumping off place. (I'm bookmarking it so I can come back.)

    As far as for what I'm listening to: Ever hear an Australian rock band called Beasts of Bourbon?

    1. @Dusty McGowan: Never heard of that band, I’ll look them up, thanks for the info! If you want to see a mid-year roundup of my favorites of 2013, you can go here:

      Favorite songs of 2013 so far (tracks 1-25)
      Favorite songs of 2013 so far (tracks 26-50)

  3. I'm curious about that Lynch album. Going to give it a listen today.

    Lately I have been hooked on the new Fuck Buttons album. Love those guys.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: The Lynch album was a highlight of those albums I reviewed, hope you like it!

      Don't know that band you mention, kind of a provocative band name.

  4. Can't wait to check out David Lynch's album. Haven't heard of any of the others, but I'll look into them.

    1. @Josh: David Lynch's album is in my top 15 LPs of the year so far.


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