2012 was an absolute killer year for music. Though it may seem kind of crazy to admit so early in the year, 2013 may be an even better year for music than 2012. Looking ahead to the future, with respect to Frightened Rabbit, Cartel, and Drake, here are some of my most anticipated albums of 2013:
Andrew McMahon – TBA
Everything Andrew McMahon touches is musical gold. Since 2000, McMahon has been tearing up the alternative music scene as the frontman piano-rock bands, Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, but he has recently decided to embark on a solo career. McMahon will be releasing his untitled EP soon this year and while McMahon isn’t in a band anymore, don’t expect anything but musical brilliance on his new EP.
Brand New – TBA
Brand New thrives on secrecy. The alternative band has a massive cult following and a perfect discography, but they choose to keep their fans in the dark when it comes to their plans for the future. Their last album, “Daisy,” came out three years ago and the band has kept quiet ever since then. Rumors have surfaced that the band will have a new record out this summer and if the reports are true, 2013 will be legen – wait for it – dary.
The Dangerous Summer – TBA
This will be the year that The Dangerous Summer finally gets the recognition they deserve. Mark my words. The Maryland alternative band is currently writing their third untitled album that will act as a follow-up to their flawless albums, “Reach For The Sun” and “War Paint.” The Dangerous Summer may not be known right now, but believe me when I say this will be an album every college student and music fan alike needs to own.
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
The saga and legend of Earl Sweatshirt grows with every passing day. The 18-year old rapping prodigy returned to the United States after a brief stint in the Samoa Islands and he’s preparing to drop a new album titled “Doris.” If “Doris: is anything as good as his debut mixtape, “Earl” was, it will be a classic. Trust me – this is not a rap album to sleep on this year.
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll
It’s been three sad, lonely years since the world heard the last of Fall Out Boy. The Chicago band went on hiatus after their last album, but thankfully, they’ve decided to make a comeback. Their new album, “Save Rock and Roll,” will be released on April 16th and Fall Out Boy fans can finally celebrate – the band gave us great memories and they’ve decided to make a few more.
Hellogoodbye – TBA
Forget about “Here (In Your Arms).” Forget about the cheesy lyrics and every other misconception you’ve ever had about Hellogoodbye. Their last album, “Would It Kill You?,” was released two and a half years ago and it singlehandedly breathed life into the group. Hellogoodbye’s new album is slated for release in April and if the band can capitalize on the rockier anthems of “Would It Kill You?,” but retain their fun, pop side, the album will be an undeniable hit.
Jimmy Eat World – TBA
Jimmy Eat World is one of the most consistent bands in music right now. Every album the Arizona band has crafted has been nothing short of great and the band is currently working on their eighth album. In a world full of pop stars that fade away after two albums, Jimmy Eat World is a band that will never let their fans hear a mediocre album. Their eighth album won’t be any different.
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
The comeback started with Justin Timberlake standing in a studio saying “I’m ready.” Timberlake hasn’t released an album in six years, but he is making his triumphant return to music with his new album, “The 20/20 Experience.” If the album is anything like single, “Suit and Tie,” “The 20/20 Experience” will be a fantastic record that’s sexy, slick, and a whole lot of fun.
Paramore – Paramore
Two and a half years ago, Paramore was thrown into complete disarray. The drummer and guitarist of the alternative-punk band left the group and it seemed like Paramore’s future was in jeopardy. The Tennessee group hasn’t wavered though and they will be releasing their self-titled album, “Paramore,” on April 9th. Paramore has never released a bad record and as long as Hayley Williams sings her heart out and continues to write great lyrics, “Paramore” will be a fantastic album.
The Wonder Years – TBA
The Wonder Years are the undisputed kings of pop-punk. Over the last four years, the Philadelphia band has gone from singing about robot-cowboys to writing uplifting, optimistic songs about facing the sadness in life. The pressure may be on The Wonder Years with their new album as their last two records have been instant-classics, but when their new music hits stores this summer expect The Wonder Years to remain on the top of the pop-punk world.