Picking my “Best of” list every year is not my favorite thing to do. I love reflecting back over the past twelve months, revisiting all the great new music that came out, and thinking about which ones are truly “my faves” of the year. But inevitably, I feel guilty about the albums I loved that are left off the list when limiting choices to only ten. Stressful!
But, here goes.
Skipping right over Brandi Carlile’s By the Way, I Forgive You and John Prine’s The Tree of Forgiveness (because, let’s get real, those two albums belong at the top of everyone’s Best of 2018 list,) here are the ten albums I found myself reaching for over and over again since they came out. In a nutshell, my list consists of ten albums that have moved me in one way or another (e.g. exciting up and comers, songwriters who brought me to tears, bands that had me moving in my seat, brilliant collaborations whose whole is more than the sum of their parts, and artists whose creativity and artistic approach I find remarkable.)
If I was going on a long road trip today, these ten albums are the first ones I’d grab to take with me.
In alphabetical order, not ranked.