Mini-reviews of 2013 albums (1 of 2)

Tales of Us by Goldfrapp (September 10)
Loved it! Among my top 3 albums of 2013 so far. Doesn’t have any obvious big hits. You could accuse it of a lack of variation, but the tracks fit well together. I like the mellow approach, which reminds me of Goldfrapp’s album Seventh Tree (2008), which I also love.
4.5 out of 5

Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails (September 3)
The first part of the album I liked the most. The remainder I could appreciate too, no tracks sounded the same, with lots of experimentation.
I haven’t got anything to compare with, since I haven't listened to the other albums by the band, and seldom listen to industrial rock.
Favorite tracks:
Copy A
Came Back Haunted
All Time Low
4 out of 5

Paracosm by Washed Out (August 13)
I quite liked it, despite the samey tracklist. If you enjoy chillwave, this is a summer album you need to listen to. A couple of the songs kept on playing in my head when the music was off, you have been warned :)
It All Feels Right
All I Know
3.5 out of 5

The Third Eye Sane by Belle & Sebastian (August 27)
An album that is mainly going to appeal to existing fans of the band. It assembles various B-sides and rarities the band have released since their previous compilation album Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (2005)
I think it’s the kind of record where listeners have personal favorites. This is the case with most of their albums.
Favorite tracks:
Your Cover’s Blown (miaoux miaoux remix)
Suicide Girl
I Didn’t See It Coming (Richard X mix)
Blue Eyes of a Millionaire
3.5 out of 5

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action by Franz Ferdinand (August 27)
I'm not familiar with the previous output of the band, so I'm probably the wrong person to review it. I know the name, but that's just about it. I liked below three tracks, which are quite catchy. The rest of the new album not so much. Probably a bit too loud for my taste. If you enjoy British rock music, give it a try.
Favorite tracks:
Right Action
Evil Eye
Stand on the Horizon
Rating 3 out of 5

Heard any of these albums yet? Agree or disagree? As always, share your opinions in the comments


  1. The Goldfrapp album was incredible. Love the mood. One of my favorite albums of the year.

    You should check The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae. It's an incredible album as expected.

    1. @Cristi B: Happy you love new Goldfrapp album as well, I didn’t even need to highlight favorite tracks, because I love it all :)

      Don’t know that other album, thanks for the suggestion, I’ll see if it’s for me.

  2. I do like that Goldfrapp album as I think it's better than the last one which was alright.

    As for Hesitation Marks. I'd rank it somewhere in the middle. I think it's better than The Slip, Ghosts I-IV, and With Teeth but not as good as the previous albums. I'll help you in guiding you about NIN and where to go and such. I just need more time to do some editing and such on my column with some updates.

    I did like Franz Ferdinand when they first came out but after hearing "Take Me Out" too many times, I tuned out. I do like the Washed Out album but it's not as good as the last one.

    The records that I really like right now are the new Chvrches, Delorean, and Mazzy Star.

    1. @thevoid99: Yeah, the last Goldfrapp album was remarkably different, I liked a few tracks on Head First (2010), but I kind of felt they sold out a bit. I suppose they want to keep changing with every record, which is ok with me.

      A solid album by Nine Inch Nails, I think it might be in my top 25 album at years end, we’ll see.

      "Take Me Out" is a great song by Franz F, there are some pretty catchy tracks on the new LP, worth a listen.

      Will be listening to Mazzy Star today at NPR First Listen, my thoughts on that album next weekend.

  3. I'm not familiar w/ any of these albums I'm afraid Chris. I only know Nine Inch Nails' soundtrack for 300, ahah. It's a good one though.

    1. @Ruth: I hope you find some new music you like :) Haven’t seen 300, so don’t know the soundtrack

  4. I started Tales of Us, but I didn't finish it. I'll have to go back and listen to it from start to finish. Hopefully, Goldfrapp will land on my list again this year. :)

    I'm a big fan of Franz Ferdinand's first three LPs, but Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is their "worst" one. The best place to start would be You Could Have It So Much Better or their self-titled debut.

    1. @Josh: Tales of Us by Goldfrapp I loved, I remember you are a fan.
      I’m not familiar with Franz Ferdinand’s previous albums, thanks for the advice.


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