Best Broward and Palm Beach County Albums of 2013
Listen up, people. Grab your beverage of choice or the stinky, sticky thing you enjoy puffing on, put the volume up, and get ready to judge.
They say the album's dead, but there's no real proof -- no bloody vinyl LPs or strangled cassettes (non-cassingles, of course) lying around with police tape protecting them. At Country Grind, we believe in the album, and so here, we touted the finest groupings of songs from Broward and Palm Beach counties released in 2013.
Our opinionated writers have gathered this list for your education and listening pleasure. Feel free to dissent. Click on.
SIN x Numonics - 7 Deadly
They say they want that old SIN back! And this is what happens when an East Coast tongue meets a bass-heavy producer. Eight months after the release of A Toast To You, SIN joined forces with fellow Broward County producer Numonics to release 7 Deadly in August. It's the first time listeners are given an opportunity to listen to SIN on a Southern-inspired project, and the Rhode Island transplant doesn't disappoint, staying true to his cadence and implementing cunning punch lines and braggadocious rhymes fans are used to, with a twist on songs such as "7 Deadly" and "Steal the Scene" featuring Miami's J.Nics. Lee Castro
Shovelhead - Suffer In Life
We are so enamored with this release that it made it to the company of our top metal albums of 2013 list, which might be perceived as a bit of a stretch for what is essentially a local band's demo. However, Shovelhead hits all of the marks with an ignorantly hard punch for fans of early Swedish death metal and current revivalist thrash. Entombed worship obviously runs rampant on Suffer In Life, but we're not complaining in the slightest, and furthermore, we're ecstatic to see a heavy South Florida band taking on this style: A breath of fresh air amid the occasionally uninspired hardcore and, shall we say "post-Tampa" style death metal the area's heavies tend to deal in. David Von Bader
See also: Top 10 Metal Albums of 2013: Part 1
New Coke - Duct Tape Your Mouth
Lake Worth's version of New Coke is vastly superior to that oddly fizzy corn syrup that Coca-Cola tried to force-feed us a few decades back. Like Coca-Cola itself, this scuzzy trio comes caffeinated, and it shells out high-octane rock 'n' roll, awash in reverb and metered grit -- tearing a page from the art-damaged punk sounds of Suicide and Television. And like fish scale quality cocaine, New Cokes's spectacular three-track seven inch, Duct Tape Your Mouth, is goddammed fire. Delightful chugging guitar fuzz, a la Dinosaur Jr., reverberating over singer/guitarist Danny Morales' understated, could-give-a-fuck delivery. It is an indie-rock gem. Alex Rendon
Will Brennan - Prodigal Son
Like an tweeker wandering the streets at five a.m., hip-hop has grown addicted to the hook. In its rush to drop everything for one inane, memorable refrain, it has dropped the original foundation of rap, the quest for clever, creative rhymes. Enter Will Brennan, the Palm Beach County emcee with the lyrical dexterity of the high school honor student he once was coupled with a respect for the hip-hop that came before him. On opening track "RNR," you can see how he found himself signed to Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records. He comes out guns blazing like an Andre 3000 for the next generation. Midway through the album comes the song "Bass" with, uh-oh a catchy hook, but Brennan doesn't take the rest of the song off, throwing in for free some X-rated double entendres free of charge. David Rolland