Arctic Monkeys’s AM is straight up gloomy, angst-y and sexy all wrapped up into one absolutely amazingly instrumented album. It’s very apparent that they put a lot of effort into the musicality with the experimenting of different instruments they don’t normally play with and enhancing the simplest of sounds (hand claps and foot stomping in “Do I Wanna Know?”). Each track tells a story and every one of them plays off the one before it like the domino effect. Awesome guitar riffs along with relatable lyrics makes you wanna head bang all night long. There isn’t one song that’s out of place on AM and that’s really a part of what defines it as a great album.
Another strong newcomer is New Politics. While A Bad Girl In Harlem isn’t their debut album, it undeniably shows the listeners exactly what they’ve been missing out on. All of the songs are fun, peppy and an overall good time thanks to lead singer David Boyd’s obviously charisma in his vocals. A Bad Girl In Harlem is very much an album about transition since they went from being separate solo artists to becoming a band and even moved from Denmark to New York (especially apparent in “Berlin” and “Goodbye Copenhagen”). I have no doubt this band will make it big in the rockverse since they were honored to go on tour with some big-named acts like Fall Out Boy, P!nk, 30 Seconds to Mars and Panic! At The Disco right after their hit “Harlem” broke into the American radio airwaves.
Finally, Cage the Elephant is ﬁnally getting the recognition the so rightfully deserve. I mean it’s not like they’re past work was horrible (because they got a few hit singles from them), but Melophabia certainly has the makings for the perfect road trip soundtrack (and who doesn’t want to go on a road trip?). There is an obvious growth in not only their songwriting and musical abilities but even in the tone of frontman Matthew Shultz’s vocals. Plus, with a few listens you’ll be able to pick up on the lyrics pretty easily (which will come in handy for that road trip). With gritty, raw vocals paired with the newly added psychedelic, groovy instrumentation, Melophobia is a great album to add to your collection.
You never know what to expect from a new Panic! At The Disco album and Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! is deﬁnitely no different. While it’s obviously more dance-infused than their previous album Vices And Virtues this small change in vibe worked with Brendon Urie’s one-of-a-kind voice. This dance aspect mixed with their original pop-rock sound gives this album almost an ‘80s kind of feel to it and would be perfect for a modern day Breakfast Club. “This Is Gospel” and “The End Of All Things” are the perfect bookends of this overall fun album and really makes you anticipate what the next album will sound like.
Don’t let their ultimate hipster anthem, “Sweater Weather,” fool you, because The Neighbourhood is far from obscure hipster music. This strong debut album successfully makes you think a little bit more about what today’s world has become. Hauntingly honest and thought provoking tracks delve into some pretty deep themes such as bullying (“How”), consumerism (“Let It Go”), and blackmail (“Female Robbery”). With the soft, very indie sounding vocals of Jesse Rutherford paired with a hybrid of alternative and hip-hop beats all done by their own instruments, each song oozes with refreshing creativity. I Love You. might be just what you’re looking for if you really want to impress your friends with how much you understand your music.
11. Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll
12. Fitz And The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream
13. The Summer Set – Legendary
14. Paramore – Paramore
15. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
16. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
17. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
18. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
19. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
20. Demi Lovato – Demi
Most Anticipated: The Black Keys