Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

Style: Emo, Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore

Vibe: Introspective, Angsty, Dark, Depressive, Introspective, Passionate, Poetic, Sombre

Themes: Personal, Self-Loathing, Regret, Death, Alienation

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

On this mournful offering, Cave’s poetic reflections on loss, longing, and loneliness slowly float down a river of gloomy synth drones, somber strings, and sparse piano. While not exactly uplifting, the album has a sense of peace and beauty that continues up through the repeating final refrain, “and it’s alright now”.