Sean's Top Picks: Favorite Albums of 2016
Well, finally! 2016 is coming to a close. What a wild ride it was. From major celebrity deaths, to underdogs winning championships. Doesn't matter what it was: music, politics, celebrities. Everything grabbed a major stir. But at the end of the day. We all listened to our favorite songs to help get through our days or our weeks. 2016 put out some pretty good albums. Some I expected to be amazing, others came as a shock and impressed me. Doesn't matter what genre you prefer, at the end of the day it's just music. I'm here to rank my top ten favorite albums of this year including favorite songs!
I would like to point out that California by Blink 182, Awaken, My Love by Childish Gambino, and Cody by Joyce Manor are all amazing albums but are not my top ten. But I highly suggest you check those albums out as they are incredible.
10. Too Close To Touch - I Haven’t Been Myself
Too Close To Touch is one of the few bands I've been promoting all year, mainly because this band deserves more attention. They're incredible live and lyrically speaking this album is heartfelt and emotional. Songs like Crooked Smile will get you instantly while Eiley will simply make you cry. There are songs that are still giving me a hard time sticking to my head but this album is worth checking out yourself.
Favorite Song: The Art of Eye Contact
09. Capsize - A Reintroduction…
Capsize is another band I try to promote on the daily. I've been into them since I first heard "You Can't Come Home The Same". They just reminded me of the post hardcore/metalcore music I used to listen to with my brother back in '05, '06. It was a refreshing feeling. A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me is 10 tracks of nostalgia. Ranging from familiar sounds of Underoath, to The Used and even From First To Last. Most of Daniels inspirations into writing this. Admittedly there are forgettable songs, but there are also songs you want to come back to like XX (Sew My Eyes), Safe Place, and You Got The Wrong Idea. Definitely a recommend if you're down for some 2005 metalcore.
Favorite Song: You Got The Wrong Idea
08. letlive. - If I’m The Devil…
This album was the album that I always wanted letlive. to experiment on. Granted, as a huge letlive. fan, this did give me multiple listens before I start to dig a lot of the tracks off this album. But there are some killer songs that got me instantly like Nu Romantics, Who You Are Not, A Weak Ago, Reluctantly Dead, and Another Offensive Song. But after a few listens the whole album became a masterpiece. The transition between Another Offensive Song to If I'm The Devil...is amazing.
Favorite Song: Who You Are Not
07. Pierce The Veil - Misadventures
Here's an album that really impressed me. Collide with the Sky I honestly hated. Not gonna put it lightly. It wasn't my favorite by them at all. The only song I really listen to off that album is Tangled In The Great Escape. Misadventures reminds me of their very first full length album A Flair For The Dramatic, straight to the point and completely themselves. Their previous album it felt like they were trying too hard to make an album for their age demographic. I learned that this album took months to make and had some dramatic moments between the band just to make. Songs like Dive In, Circles, Today I Saw The Whole World and Gold Metal Ribbon all gives me emotional feels. I haven't felt that way since I first heard A Flair for the Dramatic. And that was only half the songs off the album I listed that gave me that feeling. Sambuka is a instant masterpiece and Bedless, even though it reminds me of Collide With The Sky, is pretty catchy. Just check this album out. There is possibly one song that'll make you go "Cool."
Favorite Song: Gold Metal Ribbon
06. Issues - Headspace
Here's one album that seriously caught me by surprise. Issues returned this year with Headspace which in my opinion was the album I was hoping Issues would release since the release of their EP Black Diamonds. A mixture of R&B and post hardcore. That hybrid is so refreshing to hear. Especially in this album with tracks like Home Soon, COMA, and Slow Me Down. Give it a listen.
Favorite Song: Home Soon
05. Panic! At The Disco - Death of a Bachelor
Doing th top five was the hardest because the last few here are actually my top favorites and It was hard to figure out which one was my #1. Death of a Bachelor was released earlier this year and it was a instant love. Unpopular opinion but I really love Brendon Urie' newer material where he mixes pop music with some 50s influence and emo lyrics. It's a incredible combination and if you listen to this album with an open mind just like I did. This may be one of your faves as well.
Favorite Song: House of Memories
04. Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership
Believe it or not, I had a hard time getting into this album. Besides their first single Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise I had a hard time getting into it. Everyone else didn't have this problem so of course I was an outsider on this. But the more I listened to Mothership the more I started to like it. Now I can't get enough of it. Now it's so hard to choose a favorite off this album so instead of one I'm going to list four: Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise, Here Comes the Winner, Exposed, Chocolate Jackalope.
03. Waterparks - Double Dare
Waterparks is a poppy pop punk band from Houston TX that I knew would be the talk of the town once I first photographed them earlier this year. This is the band that I urge people to listen to. They're so amazing and every single song sounds different in a way but still manages to keep that Waterparks sound. That's what I love. Hawaii reminding me of All Time Low, Take Her To The Moon reminiscing of Breathe Carolina. You might hear a little Sum 41 when you listen to Little Violence. Boys Like Girls in Made In America. Double Dare in full is worth a listen and I promise you there will be at least one song that will be stuck in your head afterwards.
Favorite Song: It Follows
02. Balance and Composure - Light We Made
Every album B&C has released before Light We Made, I always liked two or four songs off the album then after that the album dies down for me. Which is why Light We Made extremely impressed me. It's actually something different. Not only from Balance and Composure but in this scene in general. It's technical, it's sexy, it's catchy. As soon as they released Postcard I just couldn't stop listening to it. I would play it 6 times a day. Once I finally heard the album in full. I fell in love. The album opens with Midnight Zone. Wow..just..wow. I personally give this album a 10/10. I demand you to at least check out Midnight Zone and For A Walk because these two songs gave me the good kind of goosebumps.
Favorite Song: For A Walk
01. Emarosa - 131
When Bradley joined Emarosa I was highly impressed. Their previous album sounded like the typical Emarosa album. Which is good to an extent. The album got a little stale at times. 131 is more personal and sometimes made me forget that this bands been active for years. 131 made Emarosa sound like a completely new band and it's amazing. Songs like Hurt, Miracle and Blue really hits you where it hurts but also incredible. After hearing this album once I had to listen to it some more. Whether when I was showering, editing, driving around, this album was my go to album which makes 131 by Emarosa my #1 favorite album of 2016
Favorite Song: Blue