Figuring out what my top 5 albums of 2014 were, proved to be not as hard as I imagined it to be. There weren’t many options for me to choose from because I have a small amount of albums that I loved in 2014. I changed my mind a few times, and while I was writing my final list I stumbled upon an album I hadn’t heard since February, and I changed my mind again last minute. I had to cut an album of one of my favourite artists off the list to make room for this refound album. In the end I’m happy with my list and this is what 2014 was to me.

5

My EverythingΙAriana Grande

Ariana Grande was the “It Girl” of 2014, from her VMA performance, her new album, and recently being nominated for a Grammy. Less than a year after her breakout album “Yours Truly”, her sophomore album “My Everything” topped the charts once again. Grande recently became one of four women to have three singles charting in the top ten of the Hot 100 simultaneously, with songs “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”. And this album has a more mature R&B sound that suits her soaring vocal abilities. This album shows Grande coming into her own and showing us who she really is. This album is still cohesive amid the power ballads and groovy dance tunes, and I could see myself listening to this album for a long time.

4

Mind Over MatterΙYoung the Giant

Young the Giant waited three years to put out their second album but it was well worth the wait. This is the album I fell in love with all over again and I’m glad it made my final list. “Mind Over Matter” is indie-rock at its finest, with laid back California vibes and powerful vocals. “Mind Over Matter”, and “It’s About Time” are the strongest songs on the album, lead guitar lines, keyboard melodies, and synth strings, make these songs catchy yet powerful. Forlorn lyrics are mixed with layers of synth and it has a euphoric feeling that immerses you and makes you feel like you are far away. This album is better than Young the Giant’s debut and it adds depth to their already successful alternative rock sound.

3

So Long, See You TomorrowΙBombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have really outdone themselves on their album “So Long, See You Tomorrow”. They have a unique sound that is so distinctively them, and I would describe this album as indie-techno with hints of cultural impact. The percussion and instrumentation are influenced from African and Asian cultures from lead singer, Jack Steadman’s, travels. The way these exotic sounds are juxtaposed with the modern pop-synth style makes this album fresh and highly intriguing. If you were to only listen to one song, I would recommend “Carry Me” because it truly an experience from its distorted drum breaks to the heavily processed guitars. The rest of this euphoric indie-electronic record is in one word, superb.

2

The BalconyΙCatfish and the Bottlemen

“The Balcony” by Catfish and the Bottlemen is my favourite album of 2014, without a doubt. This band is an ode to classic rock bands and they have a style that is uncommon amid the plethora of indie-pop/rock bands. Catfish and the Bottlemen come out strong with “Kathleen” and don’t slow down until the final two songs of the album. They have a lot of youthful energy, and they scream it into their lyrics. The lead singer, Vann McCann, has a raspy, deep voice which suits the songs perfectly. Guitar-heavy riffs and powerhouse drums are a staple to this band, and they execute it extremely well. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these Llandudno lads, and I can’t wait to see them on their American tour.

1

Room 93ΙHalsey

“Room 93” is an EP but I couldn’t bear to not put it on my top 5 albums of 2014. Halsey puts her emotions out on the table for everyone to see and she has no regrets. This EP is a diary of her escapades of living in New Jersey, and she doesn’t hold back from talking about sex and other gritty realities. “Hurricane” makes you feel free and challenges women stereotypes with lyrics “I’m a wanderess, I’m a one-night stand”. Halsey has a raw, unique voice and she has the ability to tell a story, which many artists have difficulty doing. My favourite off the EP is “Trouble”, it’s a stripped down piano ballad and you can hear the pain in Halsey’s voice as she sings about a toxic relationship. This electro-indie EP is mesmerizing and I recommend everyone to listen to it.

Figuring out what my top 5 albums of 2014 were, proved to be not as hard as I imagined it to be. There weren’t many options for me to choose from because I have a small amount of albums that I loved in 2014. I changed my mind a few times, and while I was writing my final list I stumbled upon an album I hadn’t heard since February, and I changed my mind again last minute. I had to cut an album of one of my favourite artists off the list to make room for this refound album. In the end I’m happy with my list and this is what 2014 was to me.

5

My EverythingΙAriana Grande

Ariana Grande was the “It Girl” of 2014, from her VMA performance, her new album, and recently being nominated for a Grammy. Less than a year after her breakout album “Yours Truly”, her sophomore album “My Everything” topped the charts once again. Grande recently became one of four women to have three singles charting in the top ten of the Hot 100 simultaneously, with songs “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”. And this album has a more mature R&B sound that suits her soaring vocal abilities. This album shows Grande coming into her own and showing us who she really is. This album is still cohesive amid the power ballads and groovy dance tunes, and I could see myself listening to this album for a long time.

4

Mind Over MatterΙYoung the Giant

Young the Giant waited three years to put out their second album but it was well worth the wait. This is the album I fell in love with all over again and I’m glad it made my final list. “Mind Over Matter” is indie-rock at its finest, with laid back California vibes and powerful vocals. “Mind Over Matter”, and “It’s About Time” are the strongest songs on the album, lead guitar lines, keyboard melodies, and synth strings, make these songs catchy yet powerful. Forlorn lyrics are mixed with layers of synth and it has a euphoric feeling that immerses you and makes you feel like you are far away. This album is better than Young the Giant’s debut and it adds depth to their already successful alternative rock sound.

3

So Long, See You TomorrowΙBombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have really outdone themselves on their album “So Long, See You Tomorrow”. They have a unique sound that is so distinctively them, and I would describe this album as indie-techno with hints of cultural impact. The percussion and instrumentation are influenced from African and Asian cultures from lead singer, Jack Steadman’s, travels. The way these exotic sounds are juxtaposed with the modern pop-synth style makes this album fresh and highly intriguing. If you were to only listen to one song, I would recommend “Carry Me” because it truly an experience from its distorted drum breaks to the heavily processed guitars. The rest of this euphoric indie-electronic record is in one word, superb.

2

The BalconyΙCatfish and the Bottlemen

“The Balcony” by Catfish and the Bottlemen is my favourite album of 2014, without a doubt. This band is an ode to classic rock bands and they have a style that is uncommon amid the plethora of indie-pop/rock bands. Catfish and the Bottlemen come out strong with “Kathleen” and don’t slow down until the final two songs of the album. They have a lot of youthful energy, and they scream it into their lyrics. The lead singer, Vann McCann, has a raspy, deep voice which suits the songs perfectly. Guitar-heavy riffs and powerhouse drums are a staple to this band, and they execute it extremely well. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these Llandudno lads, and I can’t wait to see them on their American tour.

1

Room 93ΙHalsey

“Room 93” is an EP but I couldn’t bear to not put it on my top 5 albums of 2014. Halsey puts her emotions out on the table for everyone to see and she has no regrets. This EP is a diary of her escapades of living in New Jersey, and she doesn’t hold back from talking about sex and other gritty realities. “Hurricane” makes you feel free and challenges women stereotypes with lyrics “I’m a wanderess, I’m a one-night stand”. Halsey has a raw, unique voice and she has the ability to tell a story, which many artists have difficulty doing. My favourite off the EP is “Trouble”, it’s a stripped down piano ballad and you can hear the pain in Halsey’s voice as she sings about a toxic relationship. This electro-indie EP is mesmerizing and I recommend everyone to listen to it.

Figuring out what my top 5 albums of 2014 were, proved to be not as hard as I imagined it to be. There weren’t many options for me to choose from because I have a small amount of albums that I loved in 2014. I changed my mind a few times, and while I was writing my final list I stumbled upon an album I hadn’t heard since February, and I changed my mind again last minute. I had to cut an album of one of my favourite artists off the list to make room for this refound album. In the end I’m happy with my list and this is what 2014 was to me.

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5

My EverythingΙAriana Grande

Ariana Grande was the “It Girl” of 2014, from her VMA performance, her new album, and recently being nominated for a Grammy. Less than a year after her breakout album “Yours Truly”, her sophomore album “My Everything” topped the charts once again. Grande recently became one of four women to have three singles charting in the top ten of the Hot 100 simultaneously, with songs “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”. And this album has a more mature R&B sound that suits her soaring vocal abilities. This album shows Grande coming into her own and showing us who she really is. This album is still cohesive amid the power ballads and groovy dance tunes, and I could see myself listening to this album for a long time.

4

Mind Over MatterΙYoung the Giant

Young the Giant waited three years to put out their second album but it was well worth the wait. This is the album I fell in love with all over again and I’m glad it made my final list. “Mind Over Matter” is indie-rock at its finest, with laid back California vibes and powerful vocals. “Mind Over Matter”, and “It’s About Time” are the strongest songs on the album, lead guitar lines, keyboard melodies, and synth strings, make these songs catchy yet powerful. Forlorn lyrics are mixed with layers of synth and it has a euphoric feeling that immerses you and makes you feel like you are far away. This album is better than Young the Giant’s debut and it adds depth to their already successful alternative rock sound.

3

So Long, See You TomorrowΙBombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club have really outdone themselves on their album “So Long, See You Tomorrow”. They have a unique sound that is so distinctively them, and I would describe this album as indie-techno with hints of cultural impact. The percussion and instrumentation are influenced from African and Asian cultures from lead singer, Jack Steadman’s, travels. The way these exotic sounds are juxtaposed with the modern pop-synth style makes this album fresh and highly intriguing. If you were to only listen to one song, I would recommend “Carry Me” because it truly an experience from its distorted drum breaks to the heavily processed guitars. The rest of this euphoric indie-electronic record is in one word, superb.

2

The BalconyΙCatfish and the Bottlemen

“The Balcony” by Catfish and the Bottlemen is my favourite album of 2014, without a doubt. This band is an ode to classic rock bands and they have a style that is uncommon amid the plethora of indie-pop/rock bands. Catfish and the Bottlemen come out strong with “Kathleen” and don’t slow down until the final two songs of the album. They have a lot of youthful energy, and they scream it into their lyrics. The lead singer, Vann McCann, has a raspy, deep voice which suits the songs perfectly. Guitar-heavy riffs and powerhouse drums are a staple to this band, and they execute it extremely well. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these Llandudno lads, and I can’t wait to see them on their American tour.

1

Room 93ΙHalsey

“Room 93” is an EP but I couldn’t bear to not put it on my top 5 albums of 2014. Halsey puts her emotions out on the table for everyone to see and she has no regrets. This EP is a diary of her escapades of living in New Jersey, and she doesn’t hold back from talking about sex and other gritty realities. “Hurricane” makes you feel free and challenges women stereotypes with lyrics “I’m a wanderess, I’m a one-night stand”. Halsey has a raw, unique voice and she has the ability to tell a story, which many artists have difficulty doing. My favourite off the EP is “Trouble”, it’s a stripped down piano ballad and you can hear the pain in Halsey’s voice as she sings about a toxic relationship. This electro-indie EP is mesmerizing and I recommend everyone to listen to it.

The 1975 put on a great show, there are no questions about it. This would be my second time seeing them, but since I am a bigger fan now, I am more excited to see them than I was the first time. The last 20 minutes before The 1975 were scheduled to come on the lights started to slowly dim, the change was so slight that I thought my mind was playing tricks on me. The hauntingly still noise playing was filled with electricity and was getting the crowd more excited with each passing moment. Then the rectangles started flickering on and off and then finally in sea of fog The 1975 appeared minus the lead singer. After a few moments Matty Healy appeared with his infamous wine bottle and drunk swagger. The opening song ‘The City’ starts playing and the crowd goes wild with screams and dancing. The 1975 then go into So Far (It’s Alright), Milk, and M.O.NE.Y. After these set of songs Matty slurs “Hello we’re The 1975, and we’re from Manchester.  Let’s go f***ing bananas Los Angeles.”

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My personal favourite songs of the night were You, Robbers, Heart Out, The City and Sex.  Matty Healy is definitely what makes The 1975’s live performance so memorable. His slight drunkness adds to the performance and he made the audience go crazy when he fell offstage, went into the crowd to take pictures, and fumbled through a few lyrics. He puts so much emotion in each performance with his constant head banging and abundance of energy.

One great thing about The 1975 live is that they can captivate the audience with their fast songs just as much as their slow ones. And one of the most beautiful moments of the night was when Adam Hann, and John Waugh, the saxophonist, played ‘HNSCC’ and surprisingly ‘12’, which isn’t on the setlist. The sax and guitar contemplate each other so well and that moment confirmed why I love The 1975.

After going offstage for a few minutes The 1975 came back onstage for their encore of Robbers, Chocolate, and Sex. ‘Sex’ was brilliant. The light show for The 1975 is all in black and white, but when ‘Sex’ plays the rectangles glow a pink color, and the fact that Sex is their rock song, the energy in the venue was insane. As the band leaves the stage after that special performance, you are just in awe of what you have just seen. The concert was such a mind-blowing experience and everyone should see The 1975 live because they put on the best show you will ever see.

©Alex//thefifthalex

Week 13 Classmate Interview – Rachel Price

During this past week, I was cruising around a little bit when Kiara and I were approached by the very nice and personable Rachel Price. I quickly learned that she is from Cypress. Yet again, Rachel fell victim to my obliviousness to Southern California.

Rachel is a sophomore just as am I. Speaking with her, I obviously got to know Rachel on a new level, but I did not expect that we would be so similar to one another. One thing that did separate us was her cast. I have never broken a bone and she said she had not really until recently. We all laughed at the comments that Rachel had verbalized.

Rachel was telling us how she had ridden a mechanical bull. I was so jealous because that is one thing that I haven’t done yet in my lifetime. I could tell that this girl was adventurous. She is also very athletic. She skates and she claims to have played soccer for a long time, but since she came to school, she does not do it for school because she want to focus on her academics. She plays soccer for recreational purposes.

In addition to this, Price claims to be interested in helping little children. I could tell that she had very good intentions in life. Right now, Rachel is studying Psychology; however, she does not know yet whether she wants to be a psychologist or a therapist for young children. One experience that changed her life was her time working with her mother and little kids. She hadn’t done it before then. I think one thing that supports her desire to work with children is because she is also very artistic in a way. She likes to paint and to draw.

Recently, Rachel quit her first job for her own reasons, but because of her personality and her helpful, loving grandparents, she will probably have no problem finding a job. During this conversation, we had good laughs and we talked a lot about life. So, I know there is much more to know about Rachel. I am going to be looking here and I hope you all do as well!