The most captivating music this year has been from long time favorites of mine. I have enjoyed the progression of talent and skill as they grow with the music. It is almost impossible to choose between the amazing offerings this year, so I will pick the ones that always stay in the top ten on my playlist.
The laptop rap of MC Lars is always on my playlist, because it is music that rhymes with a unique ability to see through the posturing and get right down to the matters at hand. Written for an intelligent generation that is often expected to be serious all the time, MC Lars has made it cool to laugh and play.
Every song on this album reminds me why I fell in love with WCAR’s music in the beginning. From the first to last song, it instantly transports me back to the live performances I have seen, with all the excitement and energy I cannot get enough of. “One Way Ticket” always reminds me of the moment (years ago) that I left home to find my place in the world.
Following the wildly successful Life Lessons, Handguns has designed the next step in punk music about our lives. Disenchanted shows a more mature, serious side to Handguns, where the music is tight, set to lyrics that hit hard. One of my favorite driving-down-the-road albums, Handguns gives the listener something to think about as they jam.
Once more, Escape The Fate touches on every part of the human experience. Using hate as a catalyst for triumph, this album is all about facing negative with a positive force strong enough to sustain a person through any obstacle. Far from music with a message, it is an anthem for every naysayer in your life.
From the first song to the last, I was mesmerized by music that wraps around the words of a story I have followed for years. Crossing the entire spectrum of emotion, I was surprised, happy, sad, and frightened, as each song continues the plight of Anabel. Lyrics from “Fatal Optimist” say “I am no hero and I’m not a saint/I can’t save the world/and I never asked for this” and resonate with a generation who must find solutions to serious issues we face today.
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