Meghan Trainor – Thank You
Look, I’ll confess to liking All About That Bass. I’ll even confess to finding Lips Are Moving to be a listenable song. What I won’t confess to is liking anything about the song No that has already been released off of this album. It sounds like a song that was written for a Disney Channel original movie, and nothing about that is meant to be complimentary. Pop music in and of itself isn’t bad. It wouldn’t be popular music if it had no merit, but in this case the only merit I can find is that it has a positive message and isn’t offensive. That doesn’t mean the music sounds good. So to this album, I say “No thank you.”
DevilDriver – Trust No One
DevilDriver is one of those bands that embodies everything that not metal music listeners think all metal bands are. Driving guitars with lots of power chords, scream-growling lyrics, and frantic drumming. And to their credit, DevilDriver pounds that point home with the first few releases off of this album, Daybreak and My Night Sky. It’s basically the equivalent of radio rock, but just dialed way way up on the heavy scale. None of that is to say that DevilDriver should be dismissed, because they do what they do really well, and Trust No One is a continuation of that. Metal fans, check it out. If you like Meghan Trainor, you’re gonna have a bad time.
Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
Hatebreed is all about fast paced, heavy, in your face music. It’s like a sonic, brass-knuckle punch in the teeth. It kicks your other music’s ass, hand it to you on a silver platter, then demands more. I’ve been in my fair share of mosh pits, and I can honestly say, without any question in my mind, that Hatebreed’s pits are the most violent and chaotic pits you can imagine. It’s the only time I have seen a concert come to a grinding halt so that an ambulance could pull into the venue and drag someone out. And this all happened around noon at a festival, they weren’t even the headliner for that show. In any case, The Concrete Confessional is Hatebreed doing what they do. It is just as brutal as what they’ve been offering since day one.
Kygo – Cloud Nine
Cloud Nine is the debut album for Kygo. It’s electronic music, something in the vein of MGMT but not nearly as consistent since most of the vocals seem to be provided by guest singers. Most of what I’ve heard of this album has been pretty low tempo and pop-ish. I like it and I think fans of MGMT or Foxes will probably enjoy it, too. Foxes even makes an appearance on this album.
3OH!3 – Night Sports (rap, hip-hop)
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers (R&B)
Jessy Lanza – Oh No! (synthpop, dance)
Kvelertak – Nattesferd (heavy metal)
Pierce the Veil – Misadventures (punk, hardcore)