There were so many great albums that were released year and it definitely took me a while to narrow them down. Here are the albums that I felt stood out the most, whether they’re a newer artist breaking out into the music scene or a seasoned artist showing us they’ve still got it.
Set It Off has a special thing going for them where they can be successfully be theatrical and overdramatic in their music without it being too over-the-top or coming across as bitter. Lead singer Cody Carson’s vocals command attention and turns Duality into a musical diary filled with never-ending angst, resentment and sass, especially in tracks like “N.M.E.” and the album’s title track. Talk about a great album to listen to when you’re pissed off at the world.
It only took forever for The Ready Set to release another full length album and The Bad & The Better definitely did not disappoint. Mister Witzigreuter graces our earbuds with tracks about falling in love, breaking up, being yourself, and accepting life as it comes instead of focusing on becoming famous in his signature electro pop style. Plus, any artist who’s willing to sing a song about being stuck in the friend zone get bonus points in my book.
While a latecomer in the year, it definitely still made an impact with by perfectly embodying the term “ear-candy.” Each track is filled with infectious lyrics and upbeat instrumentation that makes you feel like you’re living in a cheesy ‘80s high school movie. They blend modern indie pop with retro characteristics to create a cohesive record that transitions so smoothly that you won’t realize that you’ve been dancing for 45 minutes straight. Throw on Talking Is Hard to get the party started!
I really commend artists that can tastefully use music to tell someone else’s life story and Famous Last Words accomplished that in the form of Council Of The Dead. The band took the morbid topic of death and produced seven painfully beautiful and realistic tales that hit home for anyone who has lost someone close to them. The album brings listeners hope that there is some form of life after death, especially in “The Uprising,” which is a track about a living person who was impacted by one who had passed.
It’s always hit or miss when artists, especially NEW artists, incorporate multiple genres in their works. However, SomeKindaWonderful plays with everything from soul to electronic indie to country in their debut to showcase creativity, instead of indecisiveness. The Ohio natives, headed by the charismatic Jordy Towers, are the definition of a fusion band and accomplish it with ease – from heartbreaking emotional hit “Reverse” to bittersweet toe-tapper “Honeymoon.”
So many great albums came out this year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has to offer! Cheers to all of the great music that came out in 2014!
Most Anticipated: Simple Plan