One last #WOWBestof2015 post! If you read the WOW Report, you know what’s up when it comes to good music for the most part, right? I mean, who am I to be telling you what you should be listening to? I’m sure most of you could introduce this pop-loving princess to a new album or 10 (and please do on WOW’s Facebook page!) Regardless, these are my picks for albums you may have looked over but should give another chance.
Honorable Mention: Selena Gomez – Revival
I’ve been a huge fan of Selena Gomez the pop star since her first album, Kiss & Tell, with her “band” Selena Gomez & the Scene. Sure, her early stuff was basically teeny-bop to the nth degree, but she matured with every album and my inner tween loved every minute of it. Until this album. On my first listen I hated it. But since then, it’s grown on me with every spin. Enough so that I put it on this list. Get Revival on iTunes.
Everyone always told me I would love Grimes; I just never really listened to her music. That changed this year with her newest album, Art Angels, with its lead single “Flesh without Blood.” It blew me away! If any of her past albums are like this one, I’m going to be spending a lot of money on iTunes in 2016 catching up. Get Art Angels on iTunes.
I have to admit I only recently discovered Courtney Barnett in the past couple of weeks. Her album was released in March to critical acclaim, and rightfully so! Her big single “Pedestrian at Best” sounds like a cross between namesake Courtney Love, “If It Makes You Happy”-era Sheryl Crow, and The Breeders. In other words, ’90s bliss in 2015. Get Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit on iTunes.
I LIVED for Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire back in the day on the Disney Channel, and “Come Clean,” which was the theme song to Laguna Beach, was MY SHIT. Fun fact: I once got a perfect score singing that song on some PlayStation karaoke game. Anyway, who even knew Hilary was planning on doing the singing thing anymore. I thought she was having fun being a mom and would stick to acting. She is, after all, on Younger on TV Land, and I’ve heard it’s really good. Lucky us that she decided to release another album, my favorite of hers ever! It’s super poppy, and the girl has NEVER looked better. She better work. Get Breathe in. Breathe out. on iTunes.