2013 has already proved to be a year to remember for music. We’ve had an album released by just about every major hip-hop artist (with Eminem’s on the way.) Indie rock is taking over, with Vampire Weekend and the National leading the way. Electronic music is at an all-time high after the reemergence of Daft Punk and the new comers, Disclosure, climbing onto the scene. Even Justin Timberlake decided to join the party with his first album in 6 years, and one more to come. This being said, I don’t think there’s been a better week in music this year, then what we’ve experience this past week.
With stars ranging from Drake to Elton John, we were graced by just about every genre of music. While Drake headlined the week, with his critically acclaimed, Nothing Was the Same, it was the Scottish “synthpop” trio, Chvrches, that stole the show. Their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, is a wild ride, giving a modern take on 80s pop at its best. Close behind them was Icona Pop’s debut album, This is…, powered by the hit single, “I Love It.” If this wasn’t enough, Kings of Leon, came back from a much needed break, with the blues heavy, Mechanical Bull, which proved the Nashville rockers still have some gas left in the tank. Old timers Elton John, Yoko Ono and Sting, didn’t want the younger stars to take all the spotlight, releasing some new content that will hold my parents over for the time being.
While all this new music was incredible, it was the 20th anniversary rerelease of In Utero that many people will remember the most. The final album by the legendary band, Nirvana, includes remastered tracks, along with B-side songs that were never released. This is a must buy for any Nirvana fan, or any music fan that wants to listen to the last piece of work, Kurt Cobain ever released. While Nevermind may go down as the most prolific Nirvana album, In Utero is still a remarkable piece of art that is a landmark for grunge and alternative rock.
So what does the week ahead have in store? The biggest name is easily going to be Justin Timberlake, who is releasing Part 2 of The 20/20 Experience. With lead singles “Take Back the Night” and “TKO,” this is sure to be more of an upbeat, dance album. We also have new comers, HAIM , releasing their debut album, Days Are Gone, which has been streaming on NPR this week. The last album I’m excited for is Danny Brown’s third album, Old, which has singles featuring A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. Even if you’re not a fan of his music, you got to respect a man that can pull this off at his own concert.
Check out the links above for a recap of this week in music, and check back next week for some reviews and whatever new shit may be in store.