Musicians admiring other musicians and their hard work is one of the most beautiful occurrences you will find in this industry. Take a peek at some of our musical buddies’ picks for Best Album of the year after the jump!
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Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind – Third Studio Album from an absolute epic folk rock machine. I became a fan of Mumford & Sons back in 2010 when the album Sigh No More was circulating charts all over the world. A few friends and I agreed that “Little Lion Man” was the best sing along song since Oasis’s “Wonderwall.” After listening to Wilder Mind, it’s clear that the band has revealed yet another pocket of their well established sound in the alternative music scene. With more electric instruments and heavier drumming along with their bold melodic hooks, Mumford & Sons are well on there way to leaving a monstrous mark upon the music industry that will be remembered and appreciated for many years to come. – Lachlan Grant
Turnover, Peripheral Vision – I was a little late to the party on this record after being a fan of Turnover’s previous releases and knowing they had made a major shift in their sound and style, but after one listen I was hooked. If this record had come out in the 80’s alongside bands like The Smiths and The Cure, I wouldn’t question for a second and that’s what I feel makes this record so unique. On top of great production thanks to Will Yip and great songwriting from the band, the lyrics strike a strong chord with me making it my top pick of 2015. – Matthew LaPerche, Firestarter
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly – At a time when the whole world was going trap, K.dot went the opposite direction – jazz. From syncopated flows to voracious introspection, it’s an album that encompassed an intense range of emotions and examined what it means to be human. It is indefinitely pro-black and a black album, but that doesn’t mean it’s exclusionary and unlistenable for all others. Don’t overthink it, just enjoy it as the masterpiece it is. – Alborz Mohtashami, Crossword
Silverstein, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch – For those who know me, this shouldn’t come as any surprise. Silverstein has been one of my absolute favorite bands ever since I heard them the first time as a freshman in high school and with every release, they have gotten better and better (I am bias, I know). This record is no different with the band even exploring avenues they haven’t taken in the past in their sound to create yet another great concept record. The production is flawless with nothing but great examples of what Silverstein has been known best for for the last 10 plus years as a band. – Matthew LaPerche
Between The Buried and Me, Coma Ecliptic – BTBAM with every album have slowly morphed from a prog-death metal band to nearly completely prog. These guys have only improved with every album in their long career yet this is them at their peak, surprisingly at their least heavy. – Tim Wilkens, HEMI
Major Lazer, Peace is the Mission – I’m a little biased as Major Lazer is my favorite “band” out right now and has been for years…but I thought their latest foray into the realms of pop was undeniably catchy but also stayed true to their dance hall roots! I LOVE Major Lazer, and Lean On is always a welcome and varied change in a playlist of otherwise dull if not trite pop tunes blasting out of the radio. Be Together is probably the best track on the record, and Ariana’s tune All My Love is a total banger. – Brendan McCreary, Young Beautiful In A Hurry
The Early November, Imbue – I feel this record went under the radar for most, but definitely should not have. The Early November has been one of those staple bands from the early 2000’s Drive-Thru Records era of pop-punk / emo music and this record exemplifies that. Yes, it is a big departure in a sense from their sound of the early 2000’s as well as their most recent effort, In Currents, but the emotion you feel behind Ace Ender’s voice and the music behind it meshes perfectly. The lyrics on this record speak to me heavily as one of the major topics is trying to find a place for your music in an ever changing music scene and industry as well as finding your own place in the world as you start get older and life really begins.Definitely a must listen for anyone. – Matthew LaPerche
Giants At Large, The American Dream Is Dead
mewithoutYou, Pale Horses
– Grace Castaneda, Leave The Former
Pentimento, I, No Longer – Pentimento is the band everyone needs to be listening to and watching this year and in 2016. I, No Longer is an emotional powerhouse that leaves you wanting to hit play again the second the record is finished. With every release, Pentimento has strengthened their mid-2000’s emo/punk sound and it culminates with each song found on their second full length outing. Firestarter was lucky enough to share a basement in the Albany area with them 3 years ago for our first show as a band and it’s awesome to see how far they have come since then. – Matthew LaPerche
Purity Ring, Another Eternity
– Fyfe Monroe, Young Beautiful In A Hurry
The Wonder Years, No Closer To Heaven – What else can be said about The Wonder Years besides greatness? This band has been one of the key players in the modern revival of pop punk in the last few years beginning with the release of their second LP, The Upsides, in 2009. Since then, the band has honed their sound and craft with each following effort, the most recent being my 5th pick for album of the year. No Closer To Heaven is a symphonic roller coaster from start to end. Each member of the Philly pop punk outlet shines with excellent song writing, incredible performances from Dan and Matt vocally, and absolutely breathtaking production. In the last 6 years I’ve seen them go from an opener on a small VFW tour to 2,000 cap venue headliners which they deserve through and through and this record solidifies why they have come this far. – Matthew LaPerche
Knuckle Puck, Copacetic – I would say the best album of 2015 would have to be Copacetic by Knuckle Puck, I think what they are doing is just a step above most other pop punk bands right now. – Summer Wars