#13 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Good Charlotte Youth Authority 2016 was really the year for Pop-Punk from returning classic acts and new bands alike. Good Charlotte is another blast from the past that plotted an amazing comeback with this record. Favorite Tracks – 40oz. Dream, Life Can’t Get Much Better Listen To Youth Authority Watch The Videos Advertisements

#14 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Candlebox Disappearing In Airports At one time Candlebox was lumped into the grunge/90’s alternative genre when they debuted. They were pretty much destined to become one of those “remember these guys” bands that would only show up in nostalgic playlists. Well, 23 years and six studio albums later they have proven their ability to stand…

#15 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Taking Back Sunday Tidal Wave This band has always impressed me enough to keep them on the list every time they put out a new album. Tidal Wave is no exception. Another great collection of angst infused Emo-Punk songs that I can listen to on repeat. Favorite Tracks – You Can’t Look Back, I Felt…

#16 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Blink 182 California Everything you would expect from a Blink 182 album and more. Just some really infectious Pop-Punk songs that will get you singing along. Travis Barker’s drumming is just an absolute joy to listen to. Favorite Tracks – Bored To Death, Los Angeles Listen To California Watch The Videos

#17 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Bastille Wild World 19 songs, 66 minutes and no filler. I am a big fan of bands that can incorporate different audio clips from movies and such to enhance the meaning of the song. I used to play around with this concept with my own songs back in the day. Bastille execute it beautifully. Favorite…

#18 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Nothing But Thieves Nothing But Thieves Just a great Alt-Rock album that I just listened to over and over again this year. Very reminiscent of Muse and early Radiohead. Favorite Tracks – Ban All The Music, If I Get High Listen to Nothing But Thieves Watch The Videos

#19 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Metallica Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Finally a new Metallica album!! This one was worth the wait too. They do an amazing job of revisiting their thrash days of Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. They finally got the engineering right on this one too. This is without a doubt their best record since their infamous Black…

#20 – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale Bon Jovi return with a new look and a revitalized sound. Loaded with great Arena Rock anthems that hook you on first listen. Ritchie Sambora’s replacement Phil X does an amazing filling what should have been a huge void in their sound. Favorite Tracks – Living…

Coming Soon – My Favorite Albums of 2016

Starting December 5th My Favorite Albums of 2016 I believe this year will be my last for My Favorite Albums. It has started to become more of a chore and less of the enjoyment that I used to get out of it. I originally started doing this to help promote lesser known albums that I…

#1 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Producer – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove, Bill Sherman In reality a musical about founding father and star of the US $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton, should not even rank. But in actual reality it ranks as one of the best musicals I have ever heard and equally the greatest…

#2 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams Producer – Rik Simpson, Stargate Heralded as Coldplay’s final album A Head Full Of Dreams is the perfect epilogue to one of the all time greatest bands. While I don’t feel this is truly the last we will hear from them I do believe this story arc of…

#3 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind Producer – James Ford Mumford & Sons have transformed from a Hipster Folk/Bluegrass group to an Alt Rock mega-force. I never really got into their previous two albums but after seeing them play SNL to promote this album I was mesmerized at their new sound. I joked that they…

#4 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface Producer – Ricky Reed, Mike Elizonodo, Mike Crossey, Tim Anderson, Tyler Joseph I wasn’t expecting to like this album so much. I especially didn’t expect to love it on first listen. I think most of it has to do with how the song “Stressed Out” so closely matched my adolescent…

#5 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi Producer – Rich Costey There is something about the way Death Cab for Cutie writes songs about relationships. They just seem so much more real and heartfelt than anything else I have ever heard. If you are looking for a song to sum up your relationships past or present…

#6 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free Producer – Dave Cobb This album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Country, Folk and Rock charts and Number 6 overall. That is a huge accomplishment to have that much instant crossover appeal. One listen and I was hooked. I don’t usually listen to a lot of…

#7 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

James Taylor – Before This World Producer – Dave O’Donnell James Taylor is like a fine wine that gets better with age. It been a long 13 years of waiting for a album of new music but the wait has paid off. Taylor’s songwriting is top notch and his voice is a soulful as ever….

#8 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho Producer – Jake Sinclair, Fall Out Boy, Butch Walker, J.R. Rotem, Omega, SebastiAn, Young Wolf, Hatchlings Fall Out Boy continue to amaze me with how incredibly good they are. They are without a doubt one of the best hard rock acts around. Could you even imagine a Foo Fighter/Fall…

#9 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Collective Soul See What You Started By Continuing Producer – Ed Roland Collective Soul are back and better than ever. See What You Started By Continuing brings a return to their guitar driven sound of the 90’s. This album is definitely their best since 1999’s Dosage. Singles like This, AYTA and Exposed are instant classics….

#10 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven Producer – Steve Evetts I was first introduced to The Wonder Years lead vocalist last year on his side project Arron West and the Roaring Twenties my #2 Pick for 2014. When I heard his full time band was releasing a new album I couldn’t wait to…

#11 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Fences – Lesser Oceans Producer – Fences, Jaquire King This album was one of the earlier finds I had this year. Upon first listen I knew it was destined to make my list. Beginning to end there is not a single bad song on this album. Favorite Tracks – The Lake, Dusty Beds Listen to…

#12 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit Producer – Jordan Fish, Oliver Sykes For the most part I have avoided listening to Bring Me The Horizon. Their Metalcore sound is just something I have never been into. After hearing some buzz about their departure from the Metalcore sound and vering more towards a less…

#13 My Favorite Albums Of 2015

Elsie Binx – Smile and a Bullet Producer – Kevin Wesley Williams This local Detroit act recorded and released an extremely impressive crowd funded album. A slightly more rocking pop-rock album has hints of the late nineties and early 2000’s. So much so that the first track “Best of Me” sounds like a nineties sitcom…