We’re two months into the year and the words are flowing while music pumps out of our cellphones, computers and iPods, the best thing about it? The music just keeps getting better. Everyone from Zayn and his first solo release PILLOWTALK to Rihanna and her new album ANTI and Beyoncé’s surprise release single Formation whose video and single I haven’t stopped listening to and watching since it came out days ago. The pure magic in the music mentioned above got me thinking about the three albums, Little Mix’s Get Weird, The Neighbourhood’s Wiped Out and Pentatonix’s debut album of original music Pentatonix from 2015 that I still listen to religiously and trust me, they’re worth it.
First up: Wiped Out by The Neighbourhood. If you aren’t familiar you should be, Sweater Weather isn’t their first song and it isn’t their best. In fact, in my opinion, that title belongs to the track “Single” on the Wiped Out album. It’s hard not to swoon as lead singer Jesse Rutherford begs a father named Dave to forgive him and let his daughter date him again. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the title track, Baby Come Home 2/Valentines, Daddy Issues, Prey, and Cry Baby which each received the highest honor of being mentioned in one of my tweets or Facebook statuses. I don’t know if people still do that but trust me, I had to. Wiped Out is brilliant from start to finish and expertly weaves the themes of love, loss and desire throughout each song. I would even dare say this is their most honest work yet. Go ahead, go out and give Wiped Out a listen, you’ll thank me later. Soon, you’ll be able to experience them live, The boys are heading out on tour soon! (you can find the dates here.)
I’ve been a fan of Pentatonix for as long as I can remember, devouring their YouTube videos in-between college classes and dancing in my room alone. So, in 2015 when they released their first album almost entirely of originals I was excited but skeptical. They are immensely talented of course, but often times when you’re excited as I was, the album never lives up to its hype. This, was not the case. In fact, there was not a song on this album that I did not love including the four covers on the deluxe album; Justin Bieber’s Where Are U Now, Omi’s Cheerleader, Shai’s If I Ever Fall In Love ft. Jason Derulo, and Major Lazer’s Lean On were given a breath of new life under the care of members Kevin Olusola, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, and Avi Kaplan. Hoying’s vocals on Rose Gold, Grassi’s high note on Can’t Sleep Love, Maldonado’s vocals on Water, Kaplan’s vocals on Light in The Hallway and Olusola’s rap on Sing are among the albums highlights but you’d be losing if you didn’t give the entire album a listen.
Little Mix’s Get Weird was a happy surprise for me. After the dust their album Salute was paid, I was worried we might not get another one, but thank goodness we did because Get Weird is amazing! I personally love Secret Love Song ft. Jason Derulo which is their newest single, (you can watch the video here.) Secret Love Song part 2, Grown, Love Me or Leave Me, Lightning and OMG but again, the entire album is worth listening to as Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Amelia Thirlwall prove that they aren’t a girl group to be messed with or dismissed. The album is full of a nice mixture of fun upbeat 80s influenced pop and beautiful ballads chalk full of emotion.
All of these albums are not only worth a listen, but they’re worth a tap of the repeat button, and if I know anything as a self-proclaimed music connoisseur you will want to repeat them. If you love both fun and upbeat music and melancholy songs with a message, all three of these albums are the perfect thing for you. After all, doesn’t music make everything better?