Just as children grow up, so do our favorite artists. Some show immense growth between their few releases. Others gradually choose to change up their style throughout their career until they’ve evidently put out their most personal work of art. Change may scare us, especially when it comes to artists that we’ve grown to love over the years releasing music that’s completely different from their previous works. Just remember the message “Try something new–who knows, you might like it.”
I want to start off by saying the Chester Bennington’s passing is not the reason why I chose One More Light as my top album this year. Each track was a window into Chester’s battles with his demons from dark, gloomy musical styles to eulogy-like verses. One More Light was Chester’s last cry for help, which unfortunately ended with the darkness clouding his whole being.
As It Is didn’t fail to impress in sophomore release Okay. Delving into heavier topics such as depression, divorce, and anxiety while set to the sounds of high to mid-tempo pop punk instrumentation gives the listener an intimate look into the struggles of someone who is predominantly known as “The Happy One.” Okay. is ultimately a musical PSA saying “you never know what someone is going through just from looking at them.”
After Laughter is about as far as you can get sound wise from the early days of All We Know Is Falling and Riot!. The album as a whole is a great example of hiding emotional experiences behind fun upbeat music. Hayley Williams uses each track to show the listener a glimpse of the woes she has faced in adulthood, which include putting on a brave face in public, not having complete control over the things that happen in your life, and realizing that marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I’ve been an All Time Low fan since Put Up Or Shut Up and I’m not going to lie and say that Last Young Renegade is a far cry in style from their debut. However, this album is almost like an ode to their past while also showing lyrical growth that only comes with the ins and outs of adulthood. They’re not the young, spritely kids we fell in love with anymore, but LYR has given reminiscent and personal tracks from All Time Low that has lacked in past releases.
With each new album, Demi Lovato has seemed showcase her vocal versatility more and more. Tell Me You Love Me is without a doubt her strongest release to date. She combines heavy R&B elements and slight gospel-like vocals with pop starlet qualities and a sultry sass that has always been hidden away in past works. She shows that doesn’t want to be classified as another “Disney Singer Chick” in TMYLM.
6. Sleeping With Sirens – Gossip
7. Lorde – Melodrama
8. Kesha – Rainbow
9. Grayscale – Adornment
10. New Politics – Lost In Translation
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