A week ago, I posted my ten favorite albums of 2015. Now, with 2016 settling in, I'm going to go through the albums I'm most excited for in 2016. And they're all available for pre order now!
1. Death of a Bachelor - Panic! at the Disco - Brendon Urie's vocals have always been a favorite of mine; I love how theatrical they are. Now, with Brendon being the sole member of Panic! at the Disco, his vocals take center stage. He tries his hand at jazz in the title song "Death of a Bachelor", at pop in "LA Devotee", at hip hop in "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time" and at Queen-esq theatrics in "Emperor's New Clothes". This is Urie's world and we're all just living in it. January 15
2. Taking One For The Team - Simple Plan - Simple Plan has been teasing this album for months with the hashtag #SPalbum5 on Instagram and Twitter, and now they're finally releasing it! We have heard three songs so far: "Boom!", with a classic Simple Plan sound; "I Don't Wanna Be Sad", an official departure from their emo style of earlier albums, and "I Don't Wanna Go to Bed", with a totally new sound for the quintet. I'm personally excited to hear "Everything Sucks", "P.S. I Hate You", and "Perfectly Perfect". They are not the kids they were in 2004, their music has grown with them. I'm excited to see where they take us next. February 19
3. I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - The 1975 - We have only heard two songs off The 1975's next album, but if the rest of the album is just as good as "UGH!" and "Love Me" are, we have a lot to look forward to. The 1975 have a very unique sound that I have fallen in love with recently, one that's reminiscent of 70s rock. It's glamorous, and it stands out from the hundreds of bands in the alternative rock scene. This next album is only going to distinguish them more. February 26
4. Limitless - Tonight Alive - The Australian band's first two LPs, What Are You So Scared Of? and The Other Side are incredible albums. Now, after three years of riding on the success of The Other Side, the band has put together their third album Limitless. They have released four songs off the album, with the fourth, "How Does It Feel?", being released earlier today. The rest are "To Be Free", "Human Interaction", and "Drive". The writing is as strong as ever, with "To Be Free" and "Human Interaction" being my personal favorites. Their sound is definitely more pop-sounding than before, but it is distinctly the same Tonight Alive that we fell in love with. March 4
All these albums are currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Tonight Alive has announced a tour with co-headliners Set It Off that will be in the Baltimore area on March 8. Simple Plan has announced a tour and dates for Europe and the UK, but there is currently no word on US dates. We're still waiting for possible tour announcements from The 1975 and Panic! at the Disco. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my headphones on!