Best Albums of 2016:
Pierce the Veil – Misadventures
I think this album had far exceeded my expectations. I may be a little biased since they are one of my favorite bands, but I loved that this new album still paid homage to earlier works. They’ve definitely stepped up their game, kicked it up a notch and the wait was well worth it!
Like Pacific – Distant Like You Asked
I first saw Like Pacific at a very small show with Forever Came Calling. They put on such a great live performance; I checked them out and followed them when this album was released. Their lyrics pack a punch, as well as their craftsmanship. A very well put together album that is worth checking out. I know these guys will be big one day!
Moose Blood – Blush
I was highly anticipating a follow up from their acclaimed I’ll Keep You in Mind from Time to Time, and needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. Beautifully somber lyrics accompanied by upbeat music, and this album has such a unique tone to it.
A Day to Remember – Bad Vibrations
This release blew me away. With breakneck pace, and catchy riffs, A Day to Remember definitely can still deliver the package. For an independently released album, it’s so well put together and it never loses its momentum. A great album for those who either have been longtime fans, or are just discovering them.
Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
I haven’t really listened to much of Panic! since I saw them on the “Save Rock and Roll” tour oh so long ago. But I listened to this on a whim, and I’m glad I did. A heartfelt, and soulful concept album that smoothly flows track to track. Brendon Urie’s voice is reminiscent of Sinatra, and it fits the tone of the album perfectly. Grateful I gave this one a chance!
Green Day – Revolution Radio
To me, I felt Green Day fell off the map after the release of ¡Uno…Dos…Tre! and Demolicious, and I was hoping that they’d come back with something with more of a kick. When Revolution Radio came out, it was everything I was hoping it would be. Politically charged and unapologetic, the album also has a smooth change of pace when it slows down but reels you in when it goes fast. It has such a nostalgic, yet new sound to it that it can appeal to both new and old fans.
Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine
I think what surprised me the most about this album was the change of style. This album, in comparison to his old work, has a heavier R&B and jazz influence. Mac Miller had some heavy lyrics before, but some of the verses on this album really impressed me, and it was a step up. I never would have expected him to have more singing on an album than rap, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well this album is put together and how it sounds.
Post by Kayla Rojas
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