Top 11 Emo/Punk Albums, August 2013
by Evan Lucy | August 29, 2013
Ready to feel old? Yellowcard's landmark album Ocean Avenue turns 10 this year, and the band has taken a victory lap with a completely re-recorded acoustic version of the platinum-selling disc. It holds up surprisingly well, if for nothing else than the immense nostalgia factor when songs like "Way Away" and the title track kick in. Elsewhere, Canadian political punks Propagandhi commemorate the 20th anniversary of How to Clean Everything with a Fat Wreck Chords reissue packed with previously unheard demos.
But not everything this month is a look backward: Former The Academy Is … frontman William Beckett steps out into the spotlight with his first solo full-length, while The Dangerous Summer meld post-rock riffs with passionate, deeply revealing lyricism on Golden Record. On the heavier side of things you'll find Disillusion, a delightfully grungy release from Atlanta sludge-rockers O'Brother, along with a monstrous new album from metalcore mainstays Norma Jean to keep the pits going strong.