2016 will forever be known as the ultimate Throwback Thursday of music for me. I was so happy that a bunch of artists that I grew up with released new music this year. Let’s hope the 2017 is just as great!
When frontman Deryck Whibley almost died from kidney and liver failure, hopes of a new album was pretty slim. Luckily, Whibley pushed through and 13 Voices was born. From beginning to end, the album takes the listener into Whibley’s mind as he faces the struggles of fighting addiction. Standout track “War” is a prime example of just how emotional and stressful it was for him to triumph over his demons. 13 Voices was the comeback that Sum 41 needed.
I, as well as all of their longtime fans, were pretty devastated when Yellowcard announced their breakup. In their final *sobs* album, Yellowcard did their best to remind their fans of their impact on them and to reassure them that as long as they keep their music alive in their hearts that they’re not saying goodbye forever (see “A Place We Set Afire”). There was no better way to end their career on than with this self-titled release. Thank you for two decades of music!
Simple Plan is my favorite band in the entire world, so I was pretty stoked about the release of Taking One For The Team, as their previous album came out 5 years prior. It’s the perfect blend of old school pop-punk snark and new school experiences. They had their “screw conformity” anthems “I Refuse” and “Opinion Overload” mixed with cutesy tracks “Perfectly Perfect” and “Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching” to give their fans a glimpse at how much they’ve grown in their career. A perfect staple for longtime fans.
I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical about Matt Skiba replacing Tom DeLonge in Blink-182. However, California proved that Skiba was the best option that the band could’ve gone with as their entire album was similar to tracks pre-Neighborhoods. Debut single “Bored To Death” was a strong indicator that Blink was back to their old selves but with a new member in the mix. In a way, how easily the album flows makes it feel like Skiba was always a part of the band and we welcome him to the family.
Since Panic! At The Disco is pretty much just Brendan Urie now, I was intrigued to see what he would do as a solo act. Well, count me impressed because Death Of A Bachelor is absolutely the musical direction that Urie has been trying to go in since Too Young To Live, Too Rare To Die. Urie showcased many different facets to himself as a performer from the bluesy title track to the dance-y “LA Devotee” to the anthem-like “Hallelujah.” I have to say I like this new Brendan and I hope we’ll get to see more.
6. The Summer Set – Stories For Monday
7. DNCE – DNCE
8. JoJo – Mad Love.
9. Nick Jonas – Last Year Was Complicated
10. Mike Posner – At Night, Alone.