#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…

#1 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways Producer – Butch Vig Let me preface this review for people who don’t know the concept of this album. Sonic Highways is eight songs each recorded in a different city and iconic studio that were collectively important in shaping american music. Each city and song was featured in an eight…

#2 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other Producer – Ace Enders Hands down, this is the greatest concept album ever written. Aaron West is broken down after finding out his wife has left him. He ends up leaving town to get away from the pain of losing the love of…

#3 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye Producer – Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ryan Ulyate First listen of this album I shunned it. I had to check it out because it’s Tom Petty but the first listen was not what I was expecting. Second listen, I got it. I had to give it another…

#4 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Royal Blood – Royal Blood Producer – Tom Dalgety, Mike Kerr, Ben Thatcher The debut album from this British duo group rocks harder than anything The White Stripes have ever done. This is raw pure rock music much like the original Nirvana album was. It’s not overproduced yet has an amazing sense of direction. Bass and…

#5 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line Producer – Eric Valentine On their first album since 2007 Nickel Creek have easily picked up right where they left off. Bluegrass songs infused with pop arrangements and melodies performed by three virtuosic musicians. You will never find more talent in a three piece group then you do in…

#6 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt Producer – Mike Crossey The last time Gaslight Anthem were on my list they were number one with 2010’s American Slang. Their new album Get Hurt is every bit as good. This new album stays true to their Jersey sound but also explores some new territories. “Stay Vicious” is…

#7 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End Producer – Ric Ocasek Weezer put out some of their best work this year. Jam packed with great hooks and clever lyrics, this is their best album since the original blue record. Lead single “Back to the Shack” sums it all up best singing “Back to…

#8 – My Favorite Albums Of 2014

Maroon 5 – V Producer – Max Martin (exec), Ammo, Astma & Rocwell, Benny Blanco, Johan Carlsson, Cirkut, Jason Evigan, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Adam Levine, Andre Lindal, The Monsters and the Strangerz, OzGo, Shellback, Stargate, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella I have a love hate relationship with Maroon 5. Let me start with the hate. I became…