Preppy Urban Kids' Follow Up
The indie music world was changed when Preppy Urban Kids released their first album five years ago. Never before had we heard Paul Simon melodies drowned out by thousands of African drums. Now, with "Follow Up", Preppy Urban Kids have grown up and matured, i.e., the music is slower and more boring. "Follow Up" is a more "grown up", "mature", and "adult-oriented-and-not-in-the-porn-way" album, but being "adult" is not at all indicative of quality. Just ask every single adult who works a shitty office job they hate. "Follow Up" is the aural equivalent of putting on a nice sweater and sitting at home with a glass of scotch - a metaphor that sounds like a compliment, but when you think about it, is really, really sad.
The Album With The Song Of the Summer On It
Is this a one song record? Yes. But this song was the song of the summer, as determined by the thousands of Vines where that song is incidentally playing in the background, YouTube parodies where the cast of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games sing the song. There was also a cover from Cool Ranch Doritos and the good folks at Frito-Lay. We all followed the branded content and hashtagged our outrage to the manufactured controversy appropriately, but at the end of the day, this album unquestionably has the song of the summer on it. Summer being the influential taste-maker season that it is, there is no choice but to make "Album With The Song of The Summer On It" one of the best albums of the year. Congratulations to the Song of the Summer and the 11 other songs that sound like background music for a Final Cut Pro tutorial.