FYPP Presents: Best Of ‘13
It’s that time of year again! That time of year when we tell you what we thought were the best albums, EPs, and record labels of 2013.
10. Heart Attack - Man Overboard
9. There Used To Be A Place For Us - Save Your Breath
8. The 20/20 Experience Part 1 - Justin Timberlake
7. Beyonce - Beyonce
6. Hoser - Seaway
5. Save Rock And Roll - Fall Out Boy
4. Before It Caves - A Loss For Words
3. What You Don’t See - The Story So Far
2. Paramore - Paramore
1. The Greatest Generation - The Wonder Years
No Sleep Records Launches ‘Chat Off Guard’ Series
No Sleep Records have launched a new feature called ‘Chat Off Guard,’ which will give fans of the label an inside look at their friends and bands. The first episode, simply titled ‘Chat Off Guard 001,’ features none other than Mixtapes. Check it out by clicking Read More.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ordinary Silence - Mixtapes
Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence
Release Date: June 25th, 2013
Label: No Sleep Records
Reviewer: Audrey Henry
With the exception of the obvious, few albums that I’ve reviewed have been from bands that are personal favorites of mine. Mixtapes, however, is an exception. Needless to say, all of my usual apprehension was replaced with excitement to give this record a listen.
Ordinary Silence starts on an upbeat, catchy note with the first track, “Bad Parts.” Even though there was a kitten in my lap when I first started listening, she soon left in irritation because of the fact that I just couldn’t bring myself to stop moving in my seat. There’s an infectious nature to the record that just makes you want to dance and hurry to learn the lyrics so you can quickly sing along.
While the entire record managed to hold my attention throughout my listening process, as always I have to play favorites a bit. “Elevator Days” definitely emerged as my winner on Ordinary Silence. Granted, this was a bit of a difficult decision because every single track has its own special spark and magic to it. “You Look Like Springtime” also earned a second (and third, and fourth) listen.
Although the record holds true to a staple of pop-punk familiarity, Mixtapes manages to bring something special to the scene with a record all their own. These aren’t the same recycled songs from other bands dressed up, it’s new and different. Kind of like a music refresher on a day when you’re down and out. Ordinary Silence is the kind of album you leave on repeat for weeks because it leaves you in such a good mood you won’t want to turn it off.
I could sit here and write for days about how much I love this album and can’t wait for its release so that I can rush to buy it. However I doubt any of you would want to read that and it would honestly just make me regret the fact the fact that I’ll be working while they’re playing my city on Thursday. So I’ll just say this: if you don’t do anything else this week, go out and listen to this album. It really is just that good.