Joe’s Top 5 Records in 2015 So Far
Well it’s that time of year where we reflect on the past 6 months of music! Here are my top 5 albums so far in 2015. Listen & love.
5. Fall Out Boy – American Beauty / American Psycho
Where do I begin to start with Fall Out Boy’s new effort? This record has been on constant repeat for me since it was released to the public in January. Again Fall Out Boy challenge the notion of what people think they should be as a band in 2015. The record contains soaring hooks, Patrick Stump’s best vocal work to date, and a barrage of electronic elements and samples. Highlights include The Kids Aren’t
Key tracks: Alright, Novocaine, Jet Pack Blues and Fourth Of July.
4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Steven’s new record is his best and most personal. He has always been a great story teller but with this new album he puts his autobiography front and center. Most of the record is stripped down to just his vocals, a single guitar and a ton of reverb. The result is a hauntingly beautiful album about his childhood and the subsequent loss of his mother.
3. All Time Low – Future Hearts
What do you get when you combine All Time Low & Producer John Feldman? A really fun and polished Pop rock record and probably All Time Low’s best. The thing I love about All Time Low is they never veer too far off from what made them popular in the first place. Their knack for melody can’t be denied.
Highlights include Kicking & Screaming, Missing You, Tidal Waves and Old Scars / Future Hearts.
2. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
Multi-Genre and Multi Instrumentalists Twenty One Pilots are back with their new album Blurryface. This album has to be one of the best albums released this year for me. No other act out there today can transition as seamlessly from the Reggae rock of “Ride” to the indie pop sensibilities of “Tear In My Heart”.
1. Butch Walker – Afraid of Ghosts
Super Hero producer Butch Walker’s new album Afraid of Ghosts is rightly an homage to his late father. The album is also the first where he handed over production duties to Ryan Adams. Adam’s makes the most of the stripped down instrumentation, weaving acoustic guitars, drums and piano into a full sound that feels lush, especially on the gorgeous “Chrissie Hynde”. The best thing about Butch Walker is he never makes the same record twice and I welcome the addition of Afraid of Ghosts to his already stellar catalog.
Highlights include Still Drunk, 21+, and Chrissie Hynde.