It’s that time of the year again! 2015 has definitely been a good year for music and once again, we want to share with you our highlights of this eventful year 2015. Here’s the first episode of our Albums of the Year series.
The Wonder Years – ‘No Closer To Heaven’
After 2013’s triumphant ‘The Greatest Generation’, many were curious to see how the Philly flagship Pop Punk band would top a release that was said to be the best of their career. ‘No Closer To Heaven’ is daunting in the way that it starts a new chapter in the band’s discography : the “trilogy about growing up” formed by ‘The Upsides’, ‘Suburbia…’, and ‘The Greatest Generation’ having come to an end, this release is the aftermath. Still full of references to past songs and literature, not only is it a bloody good album, it’s a game changer and shows how The Wonder Years have evolved : from positive songs and realist pop punk to a masterpiece carrying meaningful themes like politics, religion and gun control. Every song is amazing in its own way but the title track, an acoustic song sung very softly, strikes as an emotional middle ground : the phrase “no closer to heaven” can be interpreted in many ways, wether it’s the disbelief in religion, or saying you won’t give up and try to reach the gates just yet. Overall, this is a release that will maybe start as an underdog if you’re not familiar with the band’s more recent sound but once it hits, it hits hard, and you’ll probably end up having it on repeat.
Sorority Noise – ‘Joy, Departed’
A thing I’ve found myself looking for in music lately isn’t necessarily catchiness— don’t be fooled though, some of the songs on this release are contagious and catchy — but relatibility and realism, more often than not. It’s been a weird year and I’ve been trying to find new music to play on repeat, and ‘Joy, Departed’ turned out to be just the release I was looking for. Brutally honest just like their previous release ‘Forgettable’, this album goes where a lot of bands have tried to go before and failed, or somewhat succeded but then appealed to a very watered down audience : mental illness and everything that comes with it. Nothing is sugar coated or romanticised— but that doesn’t mean this release isn’t beautifully written. If I had to pick a song of the year it’d probably be the raw and somewhat full of hope Using.
No Devotion – ‘Permanence’
Writing an Albums Of The Year feature wouldn’t feel right without this one. At the risk of repeating myself and writing the same thing as in my review, ‘Permanence’ is the most cathartic release you could hear, and after so long spent in the dark, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it being so bright may bring a few tears to your eyes. Witnessing it live made it even more impossible for me not to include it on this list : it reminded me why I do this and why I want to spend my life writing about music.
Stay tuned for the next episode!