Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors
After a stellar debut, Imagine Dragons return with their sophomore effort in Smoke + Mirrors. Teaming up again with producer Alex da Kid, Imagine Dragons looks to build off their quick rise up the charts, and things start off strong with the first single “I Bet My Life”.
Sonny & The Sunsets – Talent Night at the Ashram
The fifth studio album by Sonny Smith and crew was originally slated to be a short film, but quickly turned into an album and the film was ditched. The album provides a psych sound, but has a vintage, folk tinge to it, and mixed with songs about individual characters make this an interesting listening experience.
The Amazing – Picture You
Following up 2012’s Gentle Stream is the third studio album from the Swedish indie rockers. Drawing inspiration from Led Zeppelin, The Amazing’s newest release has a calm, relaxing tone to it, not different from the War on Drugs in a musical sense.
Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) – Terraplan
Steve Earle’s newest release is almost entirely a blues album, choosing to jump in with both feet into the blues world that he knows so well. Combine his excellent finger-picking skills with an upbeat tempo and deep, concerning lyrics might make this album an early contender in best blues album for 2015.