It’s been a year of big releases – here’s a run down of some of the best.
- Old Souls – Deaf Havana
This album (and this year) has marked a definite change and improvement for the guys in Deaf Havana. They’ve brought themselves back up to six members, but they’re far from who they started off as. Long gone are the post-hardcore influences and harsh vocals, the band are now touring around the world playing music influenced by artists such as Springsteen. They’ve progressed in leaps and bounds since Fools and Worthless Liars, and I look forward to seeing what the new year brings them.
- Sempiternal – Bring Me The Horizon
Whatever music scene you’re into, I think most people would argue that this is the best album to be released this year, and that’s understandable. What really sets it apart is how accessible this is in comparison to their previous albums. This is the sort of music you now find played on Hollyoaks adverts, and in shops such as New Look. The pure lyrical genius behind the songs still shows that it is inherently from Bring Me though, despite it’s slightly softer vocals. Does it need reiterating that this release led to a sell out tour?
- The 1975 – The 1975
A big favourite among the more indie-rock music scene, and to say this is a debut album, it’s a triumph. After the huge success of the first single, Sex, which received a lot of promotion on major radio stations such as the BBC, this highly-anticipated 16-track album lived up to all its expectations.
- AM – Arctic Monkeys
Remaining in the top spot on the iTunes album chart for a fair shot on forever, this is the band’s work since Suck It And See Came Out – and things have changed a little bit. Although there have been many comments that all the songs rather sound the same, it’s very different to any work they’ve produced previously. And the people most definitely like it.
- Opposites – Biffy Clyro
What is there to say? Easily their best album yet.
Paramore – Paramore
Tape Deck Heart – Frank Turner
Monsters In The Closet – Mayday Parade
English Rain – Gabrielle Aplin
Arc – Everything Everything
Bad Blood – Bastille
If You Leave – Daughter
Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy
Legendary – The Summer Set
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Long Way Down – Tom Odell
If You Wait – London Grammar
Lost At 17 – Emily’s Army