1. High as Hope – Florence + the Machine
Nine years after their debut album, Florence + the Machine delivered possibly their best album yet. Lead singer, Florence Welch once again put on a vocal spectacle with hit after hit. After quitting alcohol a few years ago, Welch might somehow sound her best with a new sense of clarity. High as Hope isn’t built off just one single but a complete album that is enjoyable to listen to throughout.
- Big God
2. The Now Now – Gorillaz
The trip-hop-hip-hop-pop-rock-cartoon band released their sixth studio album and it is everything a Gorillaz fan would expect it to be. The Now Now is a mixture of chill electronic-rock and hip hop songs that has a very distinct flow which is glued together with an ‘80s synth sound. Where it’s lacking is a stand-out hit like their debut album with Clint Eastwood or Demon Days with Feel Good Inc. Although not perfect, The Now Now is the type of album you can listen to from beginning to end, which is sadly hard to find nowadays.
3. Scorpion – Drake
Arguably the most anticipated album of the year, Drake released his fifth studio album, Scorpion. Drake has already had one of the most successful careers in hip hop and R&B so any album he releases fans can expect to hear a combination of the two. Like so many others, I’ve been a fan of Drake but not keen on his trap style hip hop music lately. This 25-song album has a mixture of both. In my opinion, it’s a tad too long and I tend to not enjoy the trap songs but there are plenty of great ones as well. All four of his previous studio albums have been No. 1 in American and regardless of my opinion, Scorpion will likely be as well.
- Sandra’s Rose
- Blue Tint
4. Gravity – Bullet for My Valentine
From a band that has its origins in metal, Bullet for My Valentine seemed to depart from what fans have come to expected with their sixth studio album, Gravity. With absolutely no guitar solo, this album sounds much more like a hard pop-rock collection of songs made for the radio. With a sound that is much more similar to something like Hawthorne Heights, traditional Bullet for My Valentine fans will surely be upset while pop-rock fans will play tracks on repeat.
- Leap Of Faith
Mad Love The Prequel – Sean Paul
First of all, I have to give respect to this 45-year-old singer/rapper for still doing his thing. With hits like Gimme The Light, Like Glue, Get Busy, I’m Still In Love With You, We Be Burnin’, Give It Up To Me, Temperature and Baby Boy with Beyoncé, Sean Paul has been dominating the charts since the early 2000s. Although Mad Love The Prequel is not an album I would listen to personally, this Jamaican rapper still knows how to make hits. Anyone that enjoys high-tempo club music will surely be pleased with hearing Sean Paul on yet another album filled with big names like Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and Migos.
- Bad Love
- Mad Love
- No Lie