10.) The Neighbourhood- I Love You.
This dark pop rock album has the best of both worlds as the rock band sound is enhanced by the electronic sounds but not unbalanced at all. Their single “Sweater Weather” was played all over this past spring/summer, but every song on this album keeps those illuminati themed lyrics while having the dark garage like sound.
Favorite Song: “Afraid“
9.) Phoenix- Bankrupt!
Another album that was simply stellar from front to back. They stayed true to their sound and the deep bass and synth mixes perfectly with Mars’ vocals to create a sweet, energetic pop album.
Favorite Song: “Entertainment“
8.) Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap
If you can get past the whole ‘Sounding like Lil’ Wayne’ thing, you have a great rapper. Lyrically he’s amazing, and fun, and his beats are great. This is a new sound I can deal with.
Favorite Song: “Good Ass Intro“
7.) Ra Ra Riot- Beta Love
This album throws you back into an 80’s/90’s synth pop dance party. Combining electric guitars and synths they created an all time favorite album of mine. Brownie points for being from Syracuse and opening for the Postal Service.
Favorite Song: “Angel, Please“
6.) Capital Cities- In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
The duo from California absolutely know how to make a hook. From “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” to “Safe and Sound” to “Farrah Fawcett Hair” the songs get stuck on replay in your mind for days. Throw in some flashy electronic beats and synths with a jazzy trumpet and you have yourself Capital Cities. I cannot recommend this album enough.
Favorite Song: “Farrah Fawcett Hair (feat. Andre 3000)“
5.) Fitz and the Tantrums- More than Just A Dream
Another album that had a great dance feel to it. I saw them live at the Upstate Concert Hall along with Capital Cities and I had a blast. They combined soul with pop and dance, and it’s a combination that makes me impatient for their next album.
Favorite Song: “Out of My League“
4.) Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
I love the disco dance type vibe that Daft Punk brought to the table in this release. Almost every song made me want to move and the collaborations throughout the whole album added a modern vibe to their disco sound. “Get Lucky” topped the charts in the early summer but its not a surprise that nearly every song on this album charted.
Favorite Song: “Doin’ It Right“
3.) The Front Bottoms- Talon of the Hawk
This indie punk band from Bergen County, New Jersey made a gem in this album by combining catchy hooks and awesome riffs. After one listen through all the tracks I couldn’t get them out of my head and didn’t want to.
Favorite Song: “Twin-Size Mattress“
2.) Tegan and Sara- Heartthrob
This album was absolutely stellar. Although “Closer” became a giant hit, every single song here had the potential to be a hit. With influences from childhood idol Cindy Lauper, the Canadian indie folk duo completely changed their sound to make an extremely enjoyable dancey-pop album.
Favorite Song: “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend“
1.) Chvrches- The Bones of What You Believe
I really enjoyed the Recover EP when it came out and I was super excited for the full length album to come out. I was not disappointed as from start to finish this album was completely enjoyable and well thought out.
Favorite Song: “The Mother We Share“
Honorable Mentions: Haim- Days Are Gone, Charli XCX- True Romance, The 1975- The 1975