5 albums to help you relax, combat stress

By Alex Hyde

One way to manage stress is with music; however, a three-minute song isn’t always long enough to relieve the pain.

These albums can help you kiss your stress goodbye.

Kendrick Lamar: “good kid, m.A.A.d city”

This relaxing record will surely keep your stress at bay as you vibe out to Kendrick Lamar.

Lamar’s slower-tempo songs with chill lyrics and heavy bass make listeners want to relax on the couch and never get up. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed with a big project, take a deep breath and put on “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

Recommended songs: “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Money Trees”

Sufjan Stevens: “The Avalanche”

Sufjan Stevens — a gentle, indie-folk singer-songwriter — will soothe your soul with his beautiful use of acoustics.

This record is surprisingly all outtakes and additional recordings from Stevens’ successful “Illinois” album. The soft alternate version of “Chicago,” called “Chicago (Acoustic Version),” and trippy and relaxing sounds of “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake” will slowly medicate any building stress or anxiety.

Recommended Songs: “Chicago (Acoustic Version)” and “The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake”

Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox: “Twist is the New Twerk”

Ever wonder what songs like “Thrift Shop” or “Just Dance” would sound like 100 years ago? Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox takes modern hits and plays them in a way that would make our grandparents dance.

If you want to laugh off stress, check out this creative, ultra-throwback group.

Recommended songs: “We Can’t Stop” and “Get Lucky”

Blackmill: “Reach For Glory”

Blackmill’s melodic dubstep sound is a sure-fire way to melt your stress with its hypnotic trance. Its tracks take listeners on a calm, almost sedated, ride with its slow buildups and head-nodding choruses.

“Reach For Glory” includes songs that will ease your nerves and motivate you to keep looking forward.

Recommended songs: “Journey’s End” and “Rain”

Neil Young: “Greatest Hits”

Maybe you’re sick of all these modern artists and want to enjoy some older music. Young’s classic songs, such as “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold,” are relaxing and the lyrics clear your mind if you’re feeling anxious. Take a journey with this album to rid yourself of school stress.

Recommended songs: “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold”