Sometimes it takes a while to digest new records. That’s why each month, Sonic Cereal reviews albums in retrospect. Here’s a look at the best records of March 2013 that get the Sonic Cereal stamp of approval. Don’t let these pass you by.
1. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
After a show-stopping, film-noir-ish performance at the Grammys in February, Justin returns with his first full-length since 2006. It was hands-down the most highly anticipated release in March, even knocking out David Bowie.
The horn-punctuated single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z is ambling and ethereal. This summer’s baseball and football stadium tour with Jay-Z will certainly be a highlight of the summer for many, along with Lollapalooza and Pitchfork.
2. David Bowie – “The Next Day”
David Bowie is one of those artists with so many hits it’s not even fair to call him a legend. He is beyond legendary. I challenge you to pick up one of his greatest hits records, listen to it and see how many songs you know. You’ll surprise yourself.
His first studio album in ten years features bite-sized songs that are mostly downbeat compared to his past material. Strong stuff.
3. They Might Be Giants – “Nanobots”
They Might Be Giants always do-it-up fun. Twenty-five tracks – some as short as six seconds – populate this 17th album from the Brooklyn Rockers. Double yay.
4. The Strokes – “Comedown Machine”
Where’s the fun? What used to be a genuine rock band has taken a turn deeper toward the likes of electronic beat-heavy Hot Chip and Cut Copy. The jury’s still out on whether this is a good thing or not. My take: boring.
Also Out In March
Lil Wayne – “I Am Not A Human Being II”
Depeche Mode – “Delta Machine”
Bon Jovi – “What About Now”
Low – “The Invisible Way”
Suede – “Bloodsports”
Dido – “Girl Who Got Away”
OneRepublic – “Native”