Friday, 6 January 2017

The Soundtrack to 2016

albums of 2016 soundtrack of my year panic! at the disco death of a bachelor delirium ellie goulding sia 1000 forms of fear e-mo-tion carly rae jepsen review

With 2016 being a financially difficult time for me, new music was more of a luxury than anything else. Because of this, I ended up only purchasing a mere 4 albums this year, and decided to pop them all into one post rather than making this a 'top 3' or 'top 5', which is what I'd originally planned to do. I can't pick a favourite album of these anyway, as they're all amazing! Let me know if you've listened to any of these.


Ughhhhhhhhhh where do I start? Back way back when, when I first launched my 'The Now Playing Playlist' series, I talked about Panic!'s new single, Hallelujah, that was from their upcoming 2016 album, and it was love the first time I heard it. I feel like I waited forever for their Death of a Bachelor album to finally drop, and when it did I immediately ordered a copy, and as soon as it arrived I synced it straight onto my phone. At first it felt very familiar - I first got into Panic! after falling head-over-heels for their Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! album - and as I listened to it I realised it still had that same pop flair from their previous album, but there were also some rockier vibes and if anything, it was just as unique in its own right as the previous album was. I also appreciate the Sinatra-esque nods in some of the songs, and if Brendon ever wanted to make a swing album, I'd be 100% behind it. *heart-eye emoji*

I can't really describe my love for this album, I'm so crap at talking about music and trying to describe how fucking good it is. You just have to listen to it, I promise it's amazing, especially if you too enjoyed their 2013 release. I hope this means Panic! will get better with every new album release. Also, if you haven't seen it, check out their performance of Victorious on The Ellen Show - it's brilliant. They also did a fab performance there a few years back for This is Gospel. 

STANDOUT TRACKS: Victorious; Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time; Emperor's New Clothes; Death of a Bachelor; LA Devotee; House of Memories; The Good, The Bad and the Dirty.


Like most people, I'm pretty sure Sia stole my heart back when she featured on David Guetta's killer track Titanium, a song I'm still fond of to this day, but I was virtually unaware of her and her solo career until the whole Elastic Heart so-called 'controversy' which led me to looking into her music and live performances. Her voice totally blows my mind, and I love how it's so beautifully unique yet works so well with her pop sound. I mean, I love Adele, but her music isn't really my thing. Sia's so chill and down-to-earth in interviews which I love - and it's one of those things she has in common with Adele, too, and why I admire them so much. 

Without a doubt, if you loved Sia's hits from this album, you'll love the rest of it. I can't wait to get her latest release!

STANDOUT TRACKS: Chandelier; Big Girls Cry; Burn the Pages; Elastic Heart; Free the Animal; Fire Meet Gasoline; Dressed in Black.


You'll be familiar with how much I love this album if you watched my July Favourites video last year, where I couldn't not mention this. I bought it right before Jack and I went to Turkey so that I could get familiar with it whilst I was there and it would then remind me of the holiday - and it does. I love Ellie Goulding, and have done since around the age of 17. This album is no exception - to me, Delirium is a natural evolution in her albums. Although a lot of people may feel she has changed since releasing 'Burn' - my least favourite of her tracks, ever, I admit - I think this is very Ellie Goulding. She's always done pop, in fact, she's how I got interested in pop music, and she's always done it well. This album is heavy in pop music that makes you want to dance and jump, and her vocals are as beautifully unique as ever. 

STANDOUT TRACKS: Aftertaste; Something in the Way You Move; Keep On Dancin'; On My Mind; Codes; Don't Need Nobody; Army; Lost & Found.


Carly Rae Jepsen is definitely a lady everyone pins down as being a bubblegum popstar - a lot of style but not much substance. I think Emotion proves everybody wrong. Don't get me wrong, I adored Kiss, but Emotion pretty much took over my life for the last few months of 2016. It's definitely still the bubblegum pop you'd expect from Carly, but there are so many deeper lyrics and the whole album has been created with an 80's influence in mind and it just screams with retro vibes that I find incredibly addictive (hence my love of 80's music in general). I heard I Really Like You first, obviously as it was a huge hit, and I adore the video for it, and when I was in Turkey with Jack I heard Run Away With Me playing in a bar and immediately looked it up to find it was Carly - I'm not sure who I expected the song to be by, because it couldn't be by anyone else, but I couldn't put my finger on it at first. Run Away With Me was my first love of the album, but the more I listened, the more I realised how bouncy, fun and retro-influenced every track was. It's a perfectly executed album, and I adore Carly's vocals both live and in studio.

STANDOUT TRACKS: Run Away With Me; I Really Like You; All That; Boy Problems; Making the Most of the Night; Your Type; Let's Get Lost; LA Hallucinations; Warm Blood.

What albums made it to your favourites of 2016?


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