January 1, 2019

Paul D's Top 5 Albums from 2018

1. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships   
2018 was a societal shit show. In response, I spent all year searching for albums that picked me up and tried to convince me that everything would be okay. The downside was that fewer albums connected with me, but the few that did hit hard. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is the medicine that hits just before flu season. It’s the shot of whiskey that gets you through the uncomfortable family gathering. It wants you to remember that life is beautiful even when it’s full of pain, you’re not alone when you’re overwhelmed, and vulnerability can lead to revelation and connection. Musically, it’s a little more disjointed than their previous release and it’s a little more prone to moments of musical indulgence, but the lyrics keep hitting home. Life is worth living. Share your pain with others and let them carry some of the load. Just get out there. Yeesh, where was this album at the BEGINNING of the year??

2. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch   
How’s this for an album sales pitch? The world is terrible. Everything we worked for as a society has been torn away and replaced with selfishness, elitism, and oppression. We’ve made bad decisions and now we’re paying for them. The wicked have won. … Sound like the album for you? Pick up Bad Witch! Nine Inch Nails produced an album that starts like a sequel to Broken, pushes the disgust and anger to eleven, and then falls into a Bowie-influenced depression. Ugly and beautiful.

3. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour          

The liner notes say it all… “This is a time to be present, to witness the beauty of this incredible world you are lucky to be alive in, despite it being more complicated than ever and being filled with so much darkness.”   Come for Kacey’s voice and clever lyrics, stay for the warmth and beauty that you can’t help but feel in every track.

4. Chvrches - Love is Dead          
You already know if Chvrches is a band for you. Chrvches fans want beautifully produced electronic pop with lyrics that, even at their most defeated, are tinged with hope. If that’s something you seek then rush out and pick up...“The Bones of What You Believe”, their first album! Then after you’ve exhausted it, pick up Love is Dead! Every secret optimist needs variety!

5. Lily Allen - No Shame

No Shame flips between being Lily Allen with her fists up fighting every nasty thing that’s been said about her and Lily Allen laying her vulnerability on the table for everyone to see. I don’t know if it all works but when the relaxed beat of Trigger Bang hits you can count me in until the end of the track.