Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

10. PUP
The Dream Is Over
(Royal Mountain Records)

PUP know how to make a bad time sound good. From touring frustration to fights with your significant other, The Dream Is Over takes what could amount to a really shitty year and turns it into a ripping punk record. The whole band is on point here, from Stefan Babcock's vocals (I'm a big fan of the way he says "vomit") to the pure, gnarly guitar sound.

PUP's second record also brings more dynamic to their sound, from the nightmare horror of "The Coast" to the reckless jackassery of "My Life Is Over and I Couldn't Be Happier." For all its rawness, the album ends on a rather poignant moment with album closer "Pine Point," a reflective coda to the rest of the album. On The Dream Is Over, PUP embrace failure to create a beautiful, bone-breaking, puke-riddled masterpiece.
Corey Henderson