Each week I will be doing a rundown of the best and the worst music from the past week. I'll select the best album and the worst album in the past week, as well as my favorite and least favorite song that are in the top 10. All of these reviews are just my personal opinions, so don't be too offended if I insult your favorite band.
Best New Album
Ariana Grande - My Everything
(Technically from last week, but there was very little good music this week)
Everyone is coming to the realization that Ariana Grande is not your typical Disney Channel or Nickelodeon pop star. Her maturity at only 21 can not go unnoted. Her previous album, Yours Truly, illustrated an enormous amount of potential and My Everything lives up to the hype. Her voice is superior then the vast majority of the singers currently on the charts and has even been compared to Mariah Carey. Combine this with incredible production from a variety of producers and you have a top-notch pop album.
Favorite Song: Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)
Worst New Album
Maroon 5 - V
Its no secret that Maroon 5 has gone downhill. Their debut Songs About Jane has essentially become a pop classic featuring tracks like She Will be Loved, Harder to Breathe, and This Love. Since then, Maroon 5 has essentially become a backup band for Adam Levine and their songs have become more and more bland. All of the hooks on this album are either annoying or unmemorable. Maroon 5 aren't even trying to be a real band anymore. They are corporate sell-outs trying to get a pop hit and they know it and everyone else knows it
Favorite Top 10 Track
#7 Ariana Grande - Break Free (feat Zedd)
It shouldn't be a mystery why I like this track. Grande brings the vocals and Zedd brings the dance-floor production.
Worst Top 10 Track
#2 - Meghan Trainor - All About that Bass
Let me make one thing clear: I'm not against fat-positivity. That's not the reason i don't like this song. I don't like the song because its simply a bad song, not necessarily because I disagree with the message. I hate it for the annoying vocal alterations, the chorus that has nothing to do with the verses, and the bland beat. Where the song really fails for me is how the song tries so hard to be fun yet puts a lot of focus on the lyrics which make it sound more serious then I think was intended. Compare this song to "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. They both have similar messages but Baby Got back makes it clear that it is a party song. On the other hand, "All About That Bass" is caught in this awkward place where I don't know whether to treat it as a party song or a more serious pop song like "Same Love" by Macklemore.