What do Adele, Kat Dahlia, Fifth Harmony, Natalia Jiménez, Demi Lovato and Raquel Sofia have in common? Their albums have all made Sinister Girlz’s Best of 2015 list. These diverse list of artists all brought their A game and produced outstanding albums this year.
Whether it was the undeniable raw emotional charge of garage rockers Le Butcherettes. Their album, “A Raw Youth,” lives up to its name but it’s not just angry power rock it’s an aggressive, anthemic record full of heart. Or “Belasco” by the band Tits of Clay that was already crowned Fan Favorite earlier this month as voted by fans. These albums all have a unique voice and point of view and have been on repeat on my ipod ever since.
The year kicked off with a strong showing from Cuban-American singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia and her outstanding debut album, “My Garden.” Her raspy vocals set to rhythmic up-tempo tunes are the perfect combination for this Gangsta from Miami with a heart of gold.
The following month the ladies of Fifth Harmony proved they were Bo$$ with the released of their debut album, “Reflection.” The album, which contains hits like, “Sledgehammer” and “Worth It” earned the ladies tons of airplay, award nominations and a spot on our Best of the year list.
Spanish singer-songwriter and Latin Grammy nominee Natalia Jiménez blew audiences away with her catchy and positive sophomore solo album, “Creo En Mi” (I believe in me). Whether she’s telling off an ex-lover in her mariachi infused “Quedate Con Ella” (Stay with her) or belting out the chorus to the titled track, there’s no denying that something shines brightly in Natalia.
Fast-forward to September a month that proved to be a great one for music. With Raquel Sofia’s explosive debut, “Te Quiero Los Domingos” (I Love You on Sundays) her edgy, Latin pop-rock sound made us instant fans. Her hit single, “Te Amo Idiota” (I Love You Idiot) proved that heartache can give you a sense of humor.
The following week Tits of Clay, the Angry Inch of the Broadway show, “Hedwig and The Angry Inch,” also made their debut with the aforementioned voted Fan Favorite, “Belasco”. And not to be outdone Le Butcherettes partnered up with Iggy Pop and gave us “A Raw Youth” the week after.
On October 15th Demi Lovato reclaimed her pop throne with her highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Confident.” After her summer chart topper, the #1 single, “Cool for the Summer,” multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato proved she has the goods. Her album, “Confident” is full of pop goodness. The anthemic titled track, “Confident” asks, “What’s wrong with being confident?” and there’s nothing wrong with it when you have pipes like Ms. Lovato.
One word: Adele. There are no words to describe how outstanding Adele’s new album, “25” is. From start to finish it is an immersive experience. Each track depicts the end of a love affair in a way only Adele could. Her vocals are stronger than before and lyrically she has never been better.