Serena Ryder’s Harmony puts me in a good mood. The lyrics, though a bit clichéd and overplayed, instantaneously put a smile on my face. The musical diversity between tracks is evident — upbeat “What I Wouldn’t Do” and catchy “Fated To Love” are on a completely different map in comparison to ballad “Please, Baby Please.” No two songs are relatively alike, and that unique flavor of rock folk mixed with subtle pop is my favorite part of this album. – Stacy Magallon
Hall of Fame – Big Sean
Big Sean has been featured on songs from everyone this year, including pop-icon Justin Bieber and rockers Fall Out Boy. So for his new album Hall of Fame, he invited all his friends to lend their talents. With guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Ellie Goulding and more, it’s easy to listen to the entire album without getting bored. Hall Of Fame isn’t different from most rap records in terms of lyrical content, but Big Sean has a unique style of spitting his lines that makes the album stand out. Big Sean has proved he’s not just a guest appearance: he’s the real deal.
Check Out: “It’s Time”
Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold is back with their sixth studio album Hail to the King, with help from producer Mike Elizondo, whose credits include the group’s Nightmare as well as work with prog-metalheads, Mastodon. Look for theater-sized riffage from guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. Hail to the King seems to dive into even more darkness and depth — if that’s a possibility — setting a pace that has been full steam ahead since day one. – Mike Madden
Check Out: “This Means War”