Top 40 Albums of 2018

40. Re:Piano by Chad Lawson Chad Lawson re-imagines piano composition.   39. Disease by the Beartooth With an interesting mix of hardcore, pop punk, and hard rock, Beartooth provided the most intriguing heavy music for my listening palate.   38. Black Panther: The Album by Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists I haven’t seen the movie. Hopefully someday. But, the soundtrack is out of this world. Kendrick Lamar’s verse in “King’s Dead,” is probably the rap highlight of my year.   37. Lost Friends by Middle Kids This debut shows the songwriting chops of this Australian band. I expect even better as this group matures.   36. Just for Us by Francis and the Lights Francis masterfully blends electronic soundscapes with… Read More →

Top 40 Albums of 2015

40. New Alhambra by Elvis Depressedly Melodic. Rough around the edges. Biblical motifs. For the win.   39. The Helio Sequence by the Helio Sequence Percussive yet ambient. Perfect work music.   38. Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes Alabama Shakes keep marching forward with an excellent sophomore release. Bluesy, snarly, overdriven.   37. The Shape of Colour by Intervals Technical and punishing instrumental metal.   36. Positive Songs for Negative People by Frank Turner Tunes best suited for the bar on a Friday night.   35. All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes Guitar rock for the indie inclined. I do hope all my favorite bands stay together.   34. The Bearer of Bad News by Andy Shauf Why can’t… Read More →

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

The day of reckoning fast approaches for the music industry. Without the subsidy of a massive release from Adele (granted acts like Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga sure tried to replicate her superhuman feats this year), 2013 feels like a transitional year. Many have written on the shifting music scene, the death of genre, and the inability to cash in on massive marketing campaigns. In fact, the most successful album of the year might have been successful because it wasn’t marketed. I’m speaking, of course, about Beyoncé’s middle-of-the-night release. In short, music is rapidly changing—from the method of listening to the financial model necessary to support the artists. Amongst this turmoil, artists continue to make great music. My… Read More →