U2 have clearly had their ears to the 'streets' and have found inspiration from a number of different sources. The fact that they were able to lean on all of these influences without it sounding contrived is maybe their greatest accomplishment. And as someone who's not a die hard U2 fan, I thoroughly enjoyed their modern sound - it felt relevant yet still very much true to who U2 are. Songs of Experience feels like a true return to form for the legendary band and a worthy (and voluntary) addition to my music library.
December had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Miguel, N.E.R.D, JAY-Z, and SZA; and it also featured some interesting trailers for Ready Player One, Sicario 2: Soldado, and You Were Never Really Here. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video.