In case you missed them, here are this week’s album releases. Featuring: Yellowcard, Luke Bryan, Parachute, Hoodie Allen and Sirah.

 

1146734_10151780579234349_1582953976_nOcean Avenue Acoustic — Yellowcard

Jacksonville, Fla., pop-punkers, Yellowcard, resort to a little candle lighting for ambiance on the new acoustic version of their breakthrough LP, Ocean Avenue. Although the instruments are a bit different, the songs that make up Ocean Avenue remain unhindered. Watch out, MTV Unplugged. – Mike Madden

Check Out: “Life of a Salesman”

lukebryan_2013cdcvr_hCrash My Party — Luke Bryan

With country music making its way into the Top 40 with the help of Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan adds a pop spin to his new record, Crash My Party. Combining his southern voice and twangy guitars with danceable drum beats, Luke has opened the door for crossover success. Keeping true to Luke’s roots, the record also contains a few mellow, acoustic tracks for the diehard country fans. – Catherine Powell

Check Out: “Play It Again”

1001705_10151708394723518_791774123_nOvernight – Parachute

Parachute have always been good, but their third album release, Overnight, is honestly great. Coming from a sucker for pop, this album tickles my music taste in all the right places. Each track is incredibly catchy, though each has a distinct sound that expresses maturity from the band both lyrically and musically. The musical production sounds a little overdone in tracks such as “Can’t Help” and “Waiting For That Call,” but Parachute touches back down to their roots in acoustic lullaby “Disappear.” – Stacy Magallon

Check Out: “Drive You Home”

1098444_10151560646048314_836026511_nAmericoustic — Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen drops the beat, literally, on Americoustic, the acoustic follow-up to his breakthrough EP release, All American (2012). The EP, produced in part by Matt Wentworth of Our Last Night, features acoustic versions of tracks off All American, like the upbeat, bass-heavy hit “No Interruption.” The EP also offers newer songs like “Cake Boy” (not on All American), and the not-so-acoustic track “Same As Before” feat. Jared Evan. It’s true Hoodie swaps out bass and upbeat piano beats for guitars, synths and strings, but you have to swap out PBR in a red Solo cup for a Stella at some point. – Ariella Mastroianni

Check Out:  “No Interruption (Acoustic)” and “Same As Before (feat. Jared Evan)”

 

1151074_516715991733316_75522785_nInhale — Sirah

Skrillex may have put Sirah on the map, but her new EP, Inhale, is all her. The beat-driven record is almost exclusively about partying, with the exception of the ballad-like “Icarcus.” Sirah displays both her singing and rapping abilities on the album, which are layered on top of various synths and 808s. – Catherine Powell

Check Out: “On To The Next”

Written by Catherine Powell

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