Here’s a list of all of my favorite albums of the year, in no particular order other than the order I listened to them in.
(I’ll be updating this list as I go through the year.)
Father John Misty – “Pure Comedy”
Oh. my. God.
I love this album so much. A wonderful dive into the human experience and a study into what makes humans human. After falling in love with 2015’s “I Love You, Honeybear,” I was very excited to hear what FJM would be putting out next. The four singles for this album, especially “Total Entertainment Forever” and “Ballad of the Dying Man” had me super pumped for the album as a whole would sound like. I was not disappointed. This may end up becoming my favorite album of the year.
Mount Eerie – “A Crow Looked at Me”
This is easily one of the saddest albums I’ve ever listened to. A tragically personal and in depth examination and explanation of what it’s like to lose the one you love to cancer. I listened to this album while at work; I shouldn’t have. It’s way too sad to listen in public. I encourage everyone to listen to this album and buy it if you want. It’s amazing and awful and beautiful and tragic.
Joey Bada$$ – “All Amerikkkan Badass”
Joey can write a hook. A look at race relations in contemporary United States, identifying both Joey Bada$$’s personal feelings and the feelings of the black community in general. So many great songs that are written lyrically and musically with such depth that truly show his wide and deepening musical ability on tracks like “Temptation” and “Y DON’T U LOVE ME?”
Paramore – “After Laughter”
It’s been a while since I’ve been excited for a Paramore album, since some/most of the original members have left the band. But as Zac Farro, the original drummer, was coming back for this album, I figured I would check it out. The two singles I’d heard before listening to the full album, “Hard Times” and “Told You So,” were promising. I liked the kind of 80’s synth rock they were experimenting with. The entire album stretches past that frame and dabbles in their old emo rock and even a little experimental. It’s actually pretty good, and definitely an album I will be returning to again.