Another week, another top-five album list. As this series begins a new phase, we’d like to look at five albums that have a radically distinct feel. The majority are about self-discovery, journeys, personal flair, and emotion. As always, if you like it, check out last week’s 5 albums.
Victor by VIC MENSA
Victor gives a glimpse into VIC MENSA’s trials and journeys. As he raps, sings, and speaks through the album, you hear and understand the significance. “Sunday Morning Intro,” featuring Omari Hardwick, is a noteworthy song. It sets the scene for the album and provides insight into the struggles MENSA has gone through. It’s a powerful moment self-realization, perfect for the opening of Victor. The production of the album is impeccable; samples grip each song as MENSA dives deep with his raps and witty lines. “RUMORS” is a prime example of the short yet punchy lyrics and sound that MENSA cultivates. “STRAWBERRY LOUIS VUITTON,” featuring Marta and Thundercat, is innovative and unique. The production and background sounds elevates the complexity of the song. VIC MENSA has exceeded all expectations in Victor. Follow his social media pages for more.
chemistry (deluxe) by Kelly Clarkson
With eight more tracks out of the vault, Kelly Clarkson has released her deluxe edition of chemistry. Since 2004, Kelly has given us the greatest hits of the century and has continued her powerful strife with even more music. Chemistry (Deluxe) has extended the album into a full experience. “Roses” stands out with its “no apologies” lyrics. It is utterly independent and emulates the classic Kelly Clarkson sound that we know and love. The deluxe version also includes a live performance of her hit “mine” and a David Guetta remix of “favorite kind of high.” Both of the versions have the same lyrics and roots, yet they each demonstrate uniqueness and individuality. Kelly truly makes the chemistry album shine with these new additions added.
Honey by Vakili Band
Releasing their third album, Vakili Band is not backing down. Honey is a celebratory album that demands all the attention. The classical 80s rock vibe is present and prominent throughout the album, Honey. Even with just nine tracks, the band captures all the elements of a classic buzz-worthy rock band. “Why Can’t You Say” is sexy and captivating. Behind the vocals, you can hear the harmonica taking direction in the song. It perfectly describes a part of what frontwoman Lily Vakili says makes Honey, Honey.
“The album is about the centrality of desire in all its forms. It’s our ability as humans to experience intense joy, through sex, music, poetry and art. That shouldn’t be denied; it should be embraced. We need to acknowledge it and connect to the sublime.”
~ Lily Vakili
On tour now, Vakili Ban has added new tour dates to their list. Check it out on their website.
CMF2 by Corey Taylor
As Corey Taylor’s first solo studio album, CMF2 is uniquely sound. The pressing rock and metal influences radiate on CMF2. The album beats to the rhythm of the drums and pressing vocals. CMF2 is diverse in music genre and style. Songs like “Breath Of Fresh Smoke,” “The Box,” and “Someday I’ll Change Your Mind” calm the vibe, requiring different sounds of the electric guitar. On the other hand songs like “Starmate,” “We Are The Rest,” and “Post Traumatic Blues” envelop harder metal rock sounds. CMF2 is a project that is innovative and sound. It captures audiences regardless of genre and sound. Each song fits the vibe and sequence of the overall album.
Blood Harmony by O.N.E The Duo
The mother-daughter duo, O.N.E The Duo, has brought real authenticity and country to the table. Blood Harmony is the perfect blend of sound and new wave sequences. What makes their music truly unique is the amalgamation of their multicultural backgrounds. Prana Supreme hails from Atlanta, and Tekitha has her roots in Sacramento, creating a rich and diverse musical tapestry from coast to coast. “Feels Good” is upbeat, and the message within the lyrics welcomes all genres to dance and groove along into the night. “Til You Called My Name” incorporates tamborine tingles as the duo sings the country-rooted song. With so much variety and care, O.N.E. The Duo is a group not to be messed with. Their musical genius leads them into the light of trailblazers of both country and R&B blends.
That’s all, folks! Out of all the 5 albums, I challenge you to find one song out of your “league” and add it to a playlist of your own. Keep an eye out for more from Glasse here on our website.