The idea of the album is still a force in 2013. Whether it be Beyonce's surprise visual album or the simplicity of the artless Yeezus, record packages dictate the music industry.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Alice in Chains
A bounty of sludge-metal for the 2010s and the ages. This is probably one of the last records that will have this Seattle Sound (and be profitable). Maybe. I wasn't sold on the Chains reunion in 2009, but looking back, that album is good, too.
Lou Reed's review pretty much describes this album perfectly.
Nine Inch Nails
Another solid record. Some throw-away tracks, but 80% better than most records out in 2013.
The Next Day
A solid album by the Glam Duke in his autumn career. Some of the best music videos of his career were spawned from these tracks. But, the "safe" singles aren't the highlights. Instead, "Boss of Me" and "If You Can See Me" are the most progressive and inspiring.
Afraid of Heights
rock has had many iterations since the Beach Boys and "Wipe Out". In
2013, the genre is still lives on--through punk. Songs like "That's On
Me" and "Demon to Lean On" are just... satisfying and crowd pleasing.
The guitar riff and pedal overdrive of "Gimme a Knife" is addictive.
Sadly, I missed Wavves SXSW showcase narrowly. Next time they're in
town, I'm taking an extra effort to see them.
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