The Top 5 Coming Of Age Albums Of 2015
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2015

  • Posted by: Erin Walsh

In my last semester of college, I am learning so much, all the time, about myself and the world around me. It's pretty overwhelming, and this transition into adulthood really just makes me feel like I never have a firm grasp on what's going on. In some of my favorite albums of 2015, I realized this coming of age struggle I'm facing isn't one I'm facing alone. Here are 5 albums that have helped me and my battle with change, and if you're feeling anything like me or these artists, these records are right up your alley.

twenty one pilots - Blurryface

I've always been a fan of twenty one pilots but I somehow never even downloaded their first album off Fueled By Ramen, Vessel that featured the hit single "Car Radio." When I heard their summer release Blurryface, I instantly synced the album into my computer and listened to it on repeat. These guys capture the twenty-something experience and helped me through a summer that was jam-packed with confusion and displaced feelings.

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young,
How come I'm never able to identify where it's coming from,
I'd make a candle out of it if I ever found it,
Try to sell it, never sell out of it, I'd probably only sell one,

It'd be to my brother, 'cause we have the same nose,
Same clothes homegrown a stone's throw from a creek we used to roam,
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered,
Out of student loans and treehouse homes we all would take the latter.





Tame Impala - Currents

Currents is arguably one of the best albums of the year. Musically, it does so much. The album is so simple lyrically but somehow the lyrics still resonate with great force. Whether it's getting over the long-term relationship of your past or simply discovering you're ready for the future you've been waiting for, this album is the perfect remedy for fearing change.

Life is moving, can't you see
There's no future left for you and me
I was holding and I was searching endlessly
But baby, now there's nothing left that I can do so
So don't be blue
There is another future waiting there for you





The Front Bottoms - Back On Top

I'm always ignorant to the universal appeal the Front Bottoms because of my super personal relationship with this band, but when I was playing this album in my room, my roommate stormed in demanding I send her each track. It was the bridge of "Plastic Flowers" that she overheard, and she felt it was exactly what she needed for her insecure feelings in her ever-changing environment.

Listen just because something burns bright,
It doesn't mean it's gonna burn forever
So all these people around you saying
"You got so much further to go"
"It's gonna get worse before it gets better"
I don't know
I don't know if that's true
You know thanks so much for coming
And on this next part let's sing it all together

I believe that someone's got a plan for me
They got a plan for me even if I don't know it yet
I believe that someone somewhere has got a plan for me
They got a plan for me even if I don't know it yet





Bully - Feels Like

Alicia Bognanno of Bully appeals to me with her raw lyrics and even rawer singing voice. I've just been introduced to Bully in the past month working at Baeble, and Bognanno is right there with me in needing some guidance when everything around is always changing. In "Trying" from Feels Like, she sounds just about as lost as I am half the time.

I can't get out
There's no flawless education just a stupid degree
The feeling of growing so far from myself
I can't reach, I can't reach, I can't reach
But I brush it off, cause I want it bad
And there's no dusting up
When you want like that, here's a ship
There's a wreck, better keep yourself in check cause
All these loaded questions gonna eat you alive





Best Coast - California Nights

Though this album is for sure a breakup album if I've ever heard one, going through a breakup is a time in someone's life when everything changes, so it still appeals to me. "When Will I Change" is a great track off the record that expresses the pressures of young adulthood.

The weight of the world
Crashes down on my shoulders
I'm a big girl now
But I don't feel much older

And I think of the end,
It plays my mind all of the time
I wish that I had a friend
Who would just tell me I'm fine
Tell me I'm fine
It's not that bad
And I have no reason to be sad
But I find a way
Almost everyday to stay this way

When will I change


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