It seems like it is becoming more and more of a challenge to make an album today because record companies are more focused on creating one or two hit singles for their artistes (at least in the case of popular music), unless of course you are already a massive artiste. On top of that, do people still listen to albums from beginning to end? Anyway, while good albums are hard to come by these days, good tracks are not.
1. Mariah Carey – Infinity
Much have been said about her voice in recent years, but that has not stop Mariah Carey from clinching a Las Vegas Residency. Released to coincide with her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, “Infinity” shows that she can still hit those high notes.
She will return to Caesars Palace in February 2016, before heading to Europe in March for the “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour”. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the official release of the remix she worked on for “Infinity”, and hopefully a new album.
2. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
The first track off his debut album, Montevallo, “Take Your Time”, I believe, is the best introduction to his music. The mid-tempo ballad while rooted in country music, also gives a glimpse of Sam Hunt’s other music influences. It is too bad the song was not nominated for any Grammy Awards.
3. Adele – When We Were Young
I have to say that I enjoy this song a lot more that “Hello”. She brings back the heartbreak/ nostalgia on this track that reminisces on the past.
4. Giorgio Moroder – Right Here, Right Now ft. Kylie Minogue
Giorgio Moroder, the godfather of dance music, released an album this year, after a 23-year hiatus. His collaboration, “Right Here, Right Now”, with Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue could not have been more fitting, given Kylie’s credibility in delivering dance floor hits.
5. Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece
My favourite song off her album of the the same title, “Piece by Piece”, sounds almost like “Because of You”, but definitely has a more positive message, especially because of what she had experienced – from her upbringing, to meeting her husband, and to finally having a child.
6. Fleur East – Sax
Even as the first runner-up of last year’s X Factor UK, Fleur East has demonstrated that she can still hold her head high, and her debut single “Sax” shows us why. It is reminiscent of “Uptown Funk”, which she performed on the show, and was a very defining moment for her. I was really looking forward to her album, Love, Sax and Flashbacks, to maybe showcase a bit more versatility in her voice/ artistry, but for anyone who has listened to it, you would probably realise that the songs sound quite similar. Not that it is a bad thing for some of us. Anyway, she both raps and sings on this uptempo song, and the best way to experience the track is to watch her perform it live.
7. Madonna – Ghosttown
A rather haunting song with an apocalyptic theme, I believe what really worked for the song is, in addition to its tune, its reflection on the world right now.
8. Miguel – Coffee
I was going to post an acoustic version of this song which he did for a performance, but it sort of lacked the sensuality that he conveyed in his original version.
9. Naughty Boy – Runnin’ (Lose It All) ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin
I probably love the music video more than I love the song, but with Beyoncé on it, it is difficult not to fall in love with the track.
10. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
In a year of much personal loss, I guess it is difficult not to hear (and connect with) this song by Wiz Khalifa, which is a tribute to the late Paul Walker. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend.” Indeed.