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My favourite Emo/Punk-pop/Punk revival albums in the 2010s

When we're talking about the Emo genre, many people will think of either the seminal second wave emo in the 1990s, or the commercial peak in the third wave emo in the 2000s, and believe the genre sort of died out in the 2010s. But that doesn't mean there aren't any good albums in the genre during this decade. Here are some brilliant ones in the emo or punk-pop or punk revival genre during this decade that is my favourite.
1Jimmy Eat World
Integrity Blues

It can be very risky when you incorporate polished electronic rock in your punk-pop routes, but JEW just succeeded this rather ambitious experimentation, becoming their best album since 2004's Future or even 2001's Bleed American, and their highest charting album in the U.K., while it's sure and certain they are here to stay.
2The Used
The Canyon

Another ambitious sonic experiment by recording straight-to-tape and making in the double-album format, the screamo legends proofed that with the right production to fit your emotions can create something moving, while exhibiting their maturity in the album by incorporating sociopolitical themes well, and it's quite sure that the band showed that they are still a force to be reckon with. A sonic canyon to be marvelled.
3Brand New
Science Fiction

Showcasing their landmark anxiety and depression in a more mature style, the acclaimed Long Island-band's long-waited fifth LP (and likely to be their last one) still shows why they are one of the most important bands in the genre, by infusing every music genre they experimented in the 2000s and more mature outlook on life, giving fans something nostalgic and something "brand new".

Another punk-pop album that incorporates electronic rock, the 2013 album finds the trio experimented various genres in the album, from their usual punk-pop, alt-rock to synth-pop and dance-pop, showcased that Paramore is reborn again with new aesthetics after a rather disastrous line-up change.
5American Football
American Football (LP2)

Their first album in 17 years, the second wave emo legends just did what they did back in their seminal debut album, same jazzy chords, same rather plain vocals, same shifting time signatures, you name every features in the first album, except it was carved with lyrics about ageing and family life, that shows how does the band evolve during the hiatus.
6Panic! at the Disco
Death of a Bachelor

Who said you cannot be funny, theatrical and glorious in a punk-pop album? Brendon Urie just shows that. With lyrics that regards of partying, changing and glory of being a celebrity, it shows that with enough ambition to do so, an album that showcased the band's (or Urie's solo project) ability for being mature and hilarious can be made.
7Rise Against
The Black Market

Unlike their previous albums that inclined on fighting sociopolitical issues, the band's seventh studio album exhibited the band's detour to personal issues, which showcased their most intimate and universal moments, showing that you don't have to be intense down-right political to show that your progression to maturity. For hardcore fans, it may be disappointing, but look deeply, and you'll find that it will be one album that is actually quite rewarding.
8My Chemical Romance
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Yes, this album may show their detour from gothic Emo to straight-up punk-pop, which is not really what hardcore fans wanted. But this still showcased the band's ambition to make another concept album just like their 2006 magnum opus The Black Parade, while showcasing MCR's funnest and most serious moments and their evolution to maturity.

A darker and heavier effort than their previous ones, AFI is at their gloomiest at album number nine, with frontman Davey Havok showcased the Trent Reznor-like intensity and darkness, unlike some of their best-known efforts that is more hilarious. It's a sign for the band to switch to a more mature direction and sound, while being their most dystopian both sonically and lyrically.

Just like Paramore, this album indicated that just because you had a rather ugly lineup change, doesn't mean it is the end. Sometimes, it could mean you will have an opportunity to rejuvenate your own sound, and blink-182 just did it, with them capturing early career nostalgia and broadening their nostalgia, giving an album that satisfies both old and new fans.
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