Happy 2016! It’s the first Monday of the year, and what better way to get through it than with some good music? This year is going to be full of great new releases, but until then, we’re still jamming to our favorite tunes circa 2015. While there’s countless albums from last year that deserve recognition, here’s the top five albums that I kept on repeat last year.
#5: Fall Out Boy– American Beauty/American Psycho
This album came out in the beginning of 2015, but its instant appeal has made it seem like it’s been out for much, much longer. Boasting singles like the title track “American Beauty/American Psycho”, “Centuries”, Big Hero 6’s featured song “Immortals”, and “Uma Thurman”, it’s hard not to love the dance-y vibe that dominates this album. It’s not the same as the “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” days, but it’s refreshing to hear FOB continue developing their sound without losing their identity.
#4: Noah Gundersen– Carry the Ghost
After an astounding debut offering a la Ledges, I had high expectations for Gundersen. Carry the Ghost throws out those expectations and creates its own legacy. Gundersen is a master of his craft, and while his voice and instrumentation are enough to make this album good, he isn’t one to settle for mere ear candy. The depth of meaning in his music makes Carry the Ghost an album that stays with you long after the last note rings out. (Here’s the full album review.)
#3: Adele– 25
After a few years of not hearing anything from Adele, it was hard to keep calm when she suddenly dropped her single “Hello” and announced her newest album. My personal favorites are “Send My Love”, “River Lea”, and “Million Years Ago.” Hopefully I’ll be able to snatch some concert tickets whenever she has her next tour, since this round completely sold out so quickly. (Read the full album review here.)
#2: Emery– You Were Never Alone
This was probably my most anticipated album of 2015, since I had contributed to their Indiegogo campaign a year prior, and the album originally had an August 2014 release date. But all good things come to those who wait, and this album did not disappoint in the slightest. I enjoyed it for several months just as it was, and when Emery suddenly revealed that it was a concept album and explained its elements, I was even more blown away. (Here’s my original review of it.)
#1: Twenty One Pilots– Blurryface
Vessel is a gem that I’ve cherished for a while, so you can bet that I was super pumped by the prospect of new 21p music. The album dropped around the same time as my graduation and seemed so fitting, with songs such as “Stressed Out”, “Ride”, and “Doubt” that speak of the anxieties of life and uncertainty of the future. I love the quirky ukulele-driven “The Judge” and “We Don’t Believe What’s On TV”. The lyrics are thought-provoking while still amusingly witty, and their branded “schizoid-pop” sound still reigns. Even the hints of reggae throughout the album are surprisingly good. Actually, Blurryface is one of those rare albums that I can enjoy from start to finish without the temptation to skip tracks. It seems that 2015 has treated Twenty One Pilots well, and I am very hopeful for what opportunities lies ahead for this duo.
Those are my top five from 2015! What albums did you fall in love with last year? Let me know in the comments!
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