#1 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships When the lead single from the album starts with “We’re fucking in a car/shooting heroine/saying controversial things/just for the hell of it.” You know it’s time to pull up the lyrics and read along so you don’t miss any of Matt Healy’s brilliance. This is true for…

#2 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Twenty One Pilots Trench Twenty One Pilots raised the bar on this one. This is not just a collection of good songs, it’s so much deeper than that. Trench is everything I look for in a good album.   The songs are memorable, all of the songs. There are no skippable tracks on this one….

#3 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Brandi Carlile By The Way, I Forgive You The dark horse of the Grammy’s. Has Brandi Carlile finally become mainstream? After her six Grammy nominations including the top categories of Album, Song and Record of the Year she has to be. It’s no surprise to me, I’m just wondering why it took six albums to finally get…

#4 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Amy Shark Love Monster I didn’t realize how much I’ve been missing Alanis Morrisette until I listened to this album. Amy Shark more than fills the gap. Song after song of infectious melodies and hooks. Every listen to this album I loved it more and more. I’m really surprised that this album didn’t blow up…

#5 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness Upside Down Flowers I was first introduced to this band when they were the opening act for the Weezer/Panic! Tour a couple years ago. I was immediately impressed with them. Last year they released a new album and it landed at #2 on my list. I was surprised to find…

#6 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

The Wonder Years Sister Cities I was first introduced to The Wonder Years vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell back in 2014 when his side project landed at #2 on my list that year. The next year he was back with his full time band and put out an incredible album that landed at #10 on my…

#7 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

The Struts Young & Dangerous I have a feeling that if Freddie Mercury was still with us making music with Queen it would sound a lot like this album. It’s flamboyant glam rock with arena sized anthems. Just watch the video for Primadonna Like Me and you will see what I mean. Every song on…

#8 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Brian Fallon Sleepwalkers Brian Fallon has been on my list twice over the years (#1 in 2010 and #6 in 2014) with his band The Gaslight Anthem. This is the second solo record from lead singer Brian Fallon. His solo stuff is not really a departure from what he was doing with his band. It…

#9 My Favorite Albums Of 2018

Black Foxxes REIðI Black Foxxes first album blew me away back in 2016 which put them on my list at #7 that year. This year they continued with another raw grunge emotional masterpiece. There is just something about Mark Holley’s voice that draws me in. He puts so much raw emotion into these songs that…