Well friends, they say in the blogging world authenticity is key, and it wouldn’t be authentically me if it weren’t a day late, am I right?
Technical difficulties abound, but IT’S OFFICIAL, I am HERE, and I am so excited about it.
I have tried a thousand times to write a “here is what my blog is about” transitional paragraph, but it’s… hard? so why don’t we just start with this:
if you like winged eyeliner, sleeping in, and every emo band that was popular in 2009… then we’re going to get along just fine. So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and let’s chat about the best albums of the year.
paramore: after laughter
I’m not exactly an unbiased reviewer anyway, but when it comes to Paramore, they can do no wrong. I have loved every phase since the angsty heavy rock of 2005’s All We Know Is Falling, right up to the synth-fuelled 80s inspired bubblegum sounds of this year. There is officially something for everyone in the Paramore discography!
I think it’s safe to say they’ve been showing their “dark side” for years now (what is it about having a woman centre stage that makes everyone so shocked by angry songs?) but this record really shows the complicated interactions between emotions; no song (or person) is really just sad, or angry; it’s a good reminder, a valuable lesson, and an epic fifth release from my all time favourite band of all time ever.
harry styles: self titled
I’ve never felt any guilt over my abundant love for Harry Styles, and this album proved it was worth it all along; it’s dynamic, deep, and full of bops. A vintage, indie vibe and lyrics that will leave you scouring tabloids for any mention of Styles (IS he having a baby?!) make Harry’s self titled album an incredibly strong debut. Is it getting too wild to compare his to Fleetwood Mac, or even Neil Young’s Harvest Moon? Yes? Sorry, I’m doing it.
If you’ve been studiously ignoring this album on the premise of Harry’s association with One Direction (and your superior music taste — boy bands? ick!), it’s time to get on board.
the maine: lovely little lonely
I’ve always respected the way the Maine can change their sound at the drop of a hat without losing what makes them so… special. This album sounds totally different than any of their previous work, but somehow it’s still just distinctly… them. I love love love the upbeat pop-y songs (Bad Behaviour, AM I RIGHT?), but I’m a sucker for a bit of melancholy too, and Taxi really delivers.
Oh, and those interludes??? I am here for the interlude trend.
you me at six: night people
I distinctly remember the day this album came out, because I spent an hour wandering aimlessly through my neighbourhood listening to it. It is intense. I’ve loved ymas for years, but even I was starting to forget about them until Night People came out. At the risk of sounding like my dad, it just… rocks. No ifs, ands, or buts. I swear Josh’s voice gets deeper and more.. growly? with every album, and I am NOT complaining about it. If you need a soundtrack to an epic party, or maybe just an angry stomp around the block, look no further.
the front bottoms: going grey
If you follow me on instagram you may have already figured out how I feel about this album. If not, I will tell you: I love it.
Putting this album on is like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s not exactly ground breaking, but it’s familiar, and sweet, and well put together, with just enough evolution to make things interesting. Plus we all know the real beauty of the Front Bottoms is their oddly specific and yet somehow totally relatable lyrics, and Going Grey has no shortage of those. My personal favourite song is Peace Sign.
neck deep: the peace and the panic
Okay so we all know the generic pop-punk bands all sound the same. I get it, you’re way too cool for that… but, like, I’m not? And this album has some great tracks on it — some of which even introduce a little something different. This album mostly made the list because of the song In Bloom, tbh — I must have listened to it a thousand times this year, and I’m still not sick of it. Between that and 19 Seventy Sumthin’, I think this record deserves to be on the list.
++ of course, a few honourable mentions:
all time low: last young renegades
halsey: hopeless fountain kingdom
sleep on it: overexposed
There was no shortage of bullshit this year, but 2017 did give us some pretty epic tunes, and this is in no way a comprehensive list. Where were you jamming this year? And who are you most looking forward to hearing from in 2018??