“Carrie & Lowell” is arguably my favorite album of 2015. A
eulogy for his mother, a woman who was absent for the majority
of his life, Sufjan mourns her death and goes further wondering
about the meaning of death and why it took his mother away.
He tackles the themes of love, loss, and death to the point that
makes “Carrie & Lowell” is Sufjan’s best album surpassing even
2005’s critically-acclaimed “Illinois”. Melancholic, soft, thought-provoking
are all words that describe Carrie & Lowell, but it is
that it is not just a set of songs, it is an experience.
Coming off of 2012’s equally great “Lonerism”, Tame Impala
continue to improve upon that great neo-psychedelic sound
that they always bring to the table. “Currents” is awesome and
I believe that everyone should listen to it, or at least try it out.
Tame Impala is one of the best rock bands today and this album
shows why. Simply said, they sweep you off of your feet with their
show-stopping tracks like “Eventually” and “Love/Paranoia”,
there is no reason that you have not taken the addictive drug
that is Tame Impala
There is no avoiding it. No other album has ever been lauded as an “instant classic” as
much as Kendrick Lamar’s ode to hip-hop. “To Pimp a Butterfly”, while not my favorite album
by Kendrick Lamar, is perhaps the most critically acclaimed album that has come to pass in
twenty years and will, without a doubt, be cemented as a landmark for the hip-hop genre.
Be wary, this album is not a full of bangers and party anthems, but instead takes a more
serious route. Kendrick’s cutting tone and deeply emotional lyrics on songs such as “These
Walls” or “The Blacker the Berry” signaled a new age in hip-hop.
“I Love You, Honeybear” is the second studio album released
by indie folk artist Josh Tillman. The album is a deep and
personal look into Tillman’s life. If anything at all, you should
just listen to the best song on the album which is too crudely
named to be placed in this publication.
“Summertime ‘06” was released as the debut studio album for
rapper Vince Staples. Coming off of the great EP “Hell Can Wait”,
Vince Staples shows the world that he is already a big player. If
there is any album that this can be compared to it would be “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. Highlight tracks from the album are “Birds & Bees”, “Lift Me Up” and “Norf Norf”.
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