Wednesday, December 11, 2013
13 new albums you should buy
November was a good month for music.
Here are my top music releases from November 2013:
1. M.I.A. – Matangi: You have to have an open mind to listen to an M.I.A. album. She is as eccentric as it gets. I feel like she had the most original, creative and complete album of the month.
2. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2: This is Eminem at his best. His wordplay and rhyme scheme is phenomenal on this album. He brought his A game and redeemed himself from his last effort.
3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A theatrical masterpiece it is. While it's an album full of ballads, for me it was close to classic status. Various artists lend vocals to this project for what I feel is a timeless piece of work. Effective and powerful.
4. Omarion – Care Package 2: Omarion hasn’t missed a beat. This free download was the best R&B project released in the month of November and has me looking forward to his Maybach Music release coming soon.
5. Jhene Aiko – Sail Out (EP): An artist I look forward to in the future. Her fresh new sound and excellent intricate writing is worthy of playlist placement on the iPod.
6. Chris Brown – X Factor (EP): Shout out to Chris Brown. This EP is simply genius. I enjoyed every minute of it and felt no need to skip any of the songs.
7. Delta Rae – Chasing Twisters (EP): Not sure what genre to place them in. A little country, a little theatrical, and a little soulful. Even though there are only five tracks, it is very entertaining.
8. Bun B – Trill OG The Epilogue: The underground king is back and this album is a very awesome listen. I have nothing but good things to say about this well-rounded and complete disc.
9. Yelawolf and DJ Paul – Black Fall (EP): Very entertaining and not a dull moment. He and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia is a match made in heaven. A very short project, but very necessary.
10. Slim Thug – Boss Life: I’m not a fan of artists who lack subject matter. I also hate to make a statement like that about Slim, but this album has flow to it that was appealing and it is easy to listen too.
11. Trae tha Truth – I Am King: A free mixtape that felt better then most of the albums released. Most of the project is mellow and it’s filled with guest appearances from all across hip hop. I was impressed with the choice of appearances and what each guest brought to the project. Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Jada Kiss, Young Jeezy, Big Krit, T.I. and Meek Mills just to name a few.
12. Aril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne: Avril’s self-titled album isn’t a must have. I expected the album to be better than it was. With that said, I wanted her to step out of her comfort zone and she did that for few tracks. The album is very pop and very young, but it had its moments.
13. Tech N9ne – Therapy: Another release worth the listen was Tech N9ne’s Therapy Sessions. This was Tech’s complete transition to metal/rap. I can’t wait to see if he follows this with a complete album and tour with a full live band.
That concludes my list of November releases to add to the collection. All in all, it was a good month. I have 13 quality picks, and I have a feeling that December will have a few near classics in it. Only time will tell, so stay tuned…
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