Music Monday: Favorite Albums of the Year

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I do months in review posts religiously. In these, I include new material I’ve watched, read and listened to, with my favorites in bold.

Here are some of my absolute favorite albums I listened to for the first time in the last year or so:

Icon for Hire by Icon for Hire: My brother got me into this lesser known rock band and we got to see them live together this past May! Their vocalist has one of my favorite voices of all-time and they write about important topics such as a woman’s place in the music industry and mental health. Top tracks: Cynics and Critics, Watch Me and Hope of Morning.

Puzzle by Biffy Clyro: Although I’ve been a fan of Biffy Clyro for about five years now, I never actively listened to Puzzle until a few months before I saw them live last March. It’s a bit more solemn than I care for, but it still has some amazing songs that make for easy listening. Top tracks: Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, Saturday Superhouse and Get Fucked Stud.

The Artist In The Ambulance by Thrice: After getting into a few tracks, I decided to give the whole album a listen. Thrice is one of my favorite bands and this is my second favorite album of theirs after Beggars. Top tracks: Silhouette, Hoods on Peregrine and The Melting Point of Wax.

Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys: I first got into Arctic Monkeys a few years ago with the release of arguably their most popular album AM. I loved AM for so long, it was hard to imagine I could like any of their work as much as that album, but Favourite Worst Nightmare takes the cake. Top tracks: D Is for Dangerous, 505 and Only Ones Who Know.

Take to the Skies by Enter Shikari: Again, although I’ve liked Enter Shikari for quite some time now, I never actively listened to their first album until they announced its ten year anniversary tour. With songs that fade into one another, this album is best described as a subliminal journey into Enter Shikari’s post-hardcore and electronic roots. Top tracks: Jonny Sniper, Labyrinth and Sorry, You’re Not a Winner.

Born to Die by Lana del Rey: Lana del Rey is closely associated with an artist I love, Marina and the Diamonds. I decided to give her breakthrough album a try and I’m pretty sure it’s one of my new favorites of all time. It’s an emotionally charged album with the perfect amount of melancholy and bliss. Top tracks: Video Games, Dark Paradise and Born to Die.

Menos el Oso by Minus the Bear: Minus the Bear can only be described as “chill.” They’re very easily listening and their lyrics are incredible. Top tracks: Fulfill the Dream, The Fix and El Torrente.

Lost Forever // Lost Together by Architects: I really enjoyed their most recent album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us and per suggestion of my friend Diego, I checked out another one Architects’ albums Lost Forever // Lost Together. Diego has great taste so needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Architects are not only great artists (from Brighton, too!), but awesome people, advocating for animal rights, calling out creepy men who grope girls at gigs and being active in the political world. I can’t wait to see them for the first time in February! Top tracks: Naysayer, C.A.N.C.E.R. and Youth Is Wasted On The Young.

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