This year many rock artists, especially in the pop rock/pop punk genre put out some of the best albums of their careers and the genres too.
From new artists putting out their debuts to seasoned ones that have already created names for themselves, each one of these records have something special. They are all a must listen, from track one to the end.
1. Better Weather – With Confidence
This record has ten songs where none should be skipped, since every one of them is amazing. They are all pop-punk anthems that don’t have to be reserved for summer jams. From the lead track, “Voldemort” all the way to “Waterfall” With Confidence takes the listener on a unique experience that can only be achieved from a small amount of artists. This young band is one of them; this may only be their debut, but they are going somewhere and fast. They have already gained a large amount of popularity since this record came out and it doesn’t stop there. Check out this record and you won’t be disappointed.
2. Death of a Bachelor – Panic! At The Disco
This is an artist that have proved themselves over and over again with every record they release. On their fifth release and they are not even close to stopping. Every song on this album is just as good as the previous and the sound is different then what they began as, but it couldn’t be better. Changing sounds makes for new and fresh music and Panic! delivers with this one. This album is a unique experience because the album as a whole has its own sound but even the songs within have their own. The title track has a Frank Sinatra vibe while songs like “Crazy=Genius” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty” have a more pop sound. Fans of Panic! already know how great this record is and is why it is one of the best releases of the year.
3. Misadventures – Pierce The Veil
After waiting four years for a new Pierce the Veil release, this record doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. Being such a huge fan of Selfish Machines and Collide With The Sky, it was a fear that this record wouldn’t be able to compare. But that is so far from being the case. These songs are crafted beautifully and intensely; from the personal lyrics to all the band’s talents on their respective instruments. This is another band that have been around for a decent amount of time and they still have a lot of musical fight left in them. “Song For Isabelle” is one where vocalist Victor Fuentes really shows off his personal lyricism. Meanwhile, “Texas Is Forever” shows off wonderful instrumentals. Although those respective elements shine in those two songs, they are shown in every song.
4. Double Dare – Waterparks
Another debut album from a new band showing up on the best releases of the year is a huge feat and shows the new talent emerging in this genre. This is another amazing pop-punk record with every song having its own place in the album but can stand on its own. Every song has the listener trying their hardest to not get up and dance to the beat. Between the instrumentals and the electronic elements Waterparks added, they both have their own special place in each song. This band is another on that will definitely be going places.
5. Blush – Moose Blood
This album was a complete random listen to because of all the hype surrounding it. Blush is Moose Blood’s sophomore album, but feels like a debut.They lean more towards the pop rock with smoother rock surrounding their sound. Each song on the record is extremely catchy and keeps the listener wanting to hear the next. And when it’s over, listen over again. The UK group is picking up speed with this album and if they keep making jams like this then they will easily be among the ranks of other great artists. Anyone can pick up this record and enjoy many, if not all the songs.
6. In Our Bones – Against The Current
Pop rockers, Against The Current have finally released their debut record. After listening to their two EPs front to back, multiple times, a new record was long due. And In Our Bones doesn’t disappoint one bit. The songs are catchy and evolve into a more pop rock sound that takes one step further than their previous EPs. All the songs are unique and have something about them that make them special, but the band truly shines with “Blood Like Gasoline” and “Wasteland.”
7. Low Tides –This Wild Life
Acoustic duo, This Wild Life’s sophomore album, Low Tides, takes what they have created with their debut, Clouded, and truly expands upon it. The songwriting and instrumentals greatly improved, which is impressive since their debut was unique to begin with. Many songs on this record expose true emotional reactions from the listener. The songwriting is so powerful that it evokes those emotions from someone who may not even be going through the situation being sung about. Kevin Jordan’s vocals are so soft and can serenade any listener. These vocals pair perfectly with the seriousness of the topics and his emotion is reflected in the same way. This record is an easy one to listen to and a hard one not to enjoy.