Audiophiles: Albums to add to your Spring Break travel playlist
Midterms are almost over—for now—and tickets are booked. All we have to do is pack our suitcases and leave, or stay. Either way, Spring Break fever has descended upon Wash. U.’s campus. Everyone is ready for the relaxation and rejuvenation that a week off from class, meetings and rehearsals is destined to bring. So sit back, relax and add some of these albums to your travel queue.
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you to add Justin Bieber’s first album in five years to your travel playlist. For those of us who spent our middle school years in purple hoodies learning every word to “Never Say Never” and thinking we were all that as we rapped Ludacris’s lines in “Baby,” this album holds a special place in our hearts. Even if you don’t find yourself in this category of former Beliebers, this album is still really good. You would think that after five years JBiebs would have lost his touch, or that nothing could top his 2015 album “Purpose.” You thought wrong.
“Fine Line” is a happy album. It sounds the way that happiness feels—hopeful, full of possibilities and not too heavy, but it also has a surprising depth to it. This album is the type of album you would expect to play in the background of a movie montage of a spring break road trip or a walk on the beach. “Adore You” is most definitely a spring break theme song; the drum beats and mix of falsetto that are so indicative of Styles’ albums are perfect for speeding down the interstate, with all your closest friends singing along, as are “Watermelon Sugar” and “Golden.”
Not a new album, but not one so old we forget about it, “Teenage Dream” is the bubblegum pop album that’s perfect for spring break. Hits like “Teenage Dream,” “Firework” and “California Gurls” grace this album with the nostalgia of more carefree times spent listening to these songs on your iPod. And to be fair, isn’t spring break about letting go and just having fun? It’s fun, it’s kind of silly and not unfamiliar. This is the kind of upbeat album that you need to clear the clouds that have hung over all of us until now.
Beach Bunny makes the kind of indie/power-pop music we wished we were cool enough to listen to when we were thirteen, but instead listened to The Cab, Cartel and Panic! at the Disco—and still do. I recently discovered Beach Bunny and I must say that I’m in love. “Dream Boy” and “Cuffing Season” are two of my favorites on this album, although you can’t go wrong with any of them. It’s content is not particularly groundbreaking, but lead singer Lili Trifilio’s voice makes it feel that way. You can’t help but smile when you listen to the songs. Although not on this album, “Prom Queen” is my favorite song by Beach Bunny, which some might recognize from TikTok.