My Top 10 Albums of 2018

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Twenty-Eighteen. This year was a year of music exploration and expression for me. I started a music review podcast (@musicmondaycast) with one of my best friends, joined the student concert committee at Purdue, and spearheaded The Bridge (@TheBridgePurdue). This was the year I learned how to merge my creativity and passion for music.

Here’s 10 of the best albums I bopped to this year!

Narrated for You // Alec Benjamin
While this is technically a mixtape, it was the collection of songs that hit me the hardest this year. When Alec released this in November I stopped listening to everything else. Alec Benjamin is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter/storyteller.

Geography // Tom Misch
According to Spotify, I spent 25 hours listening to Tom Misch this year. I’m not mad about it. Tom’s music makes me ~ feel ~

This Time // Donna Missal
Donna. Oh Donna. What a powerhouse! I was lucky enough to discover Donna right before she released her debut album this year.

ONEPOINTFIVE // Aminé
If you haven’t listened to this album from start to end, you’re missing out! I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an album with transitions like this one. When you listen to this album it’s almost like you’re listening to one really long song. Everything meshes perfectly. Plus, Rickey Thompson’s commentary sprinkled in is guaranteed to make you giggle.

Glory Sound Prep // Jon Bellion
I know everyone expected this to be my #1 album of 2018…. but…. it’s not. Don’t get me wrong - GSP is a fantastic album! I just don’t connect with this album in the same way I did with THC.
Jon is a lyrical genius and this album still slaps.

Being Human in Public // Jessie Reyez
Another powerhouse!!! Jessie has collaborated with a ton of big names this year - as well as releasing a collection of bangers! Her voice is incredibly unique and her lyrics can be both funny and meaningful. Be sure to check her out!

Sweetener // Ariana Grande
Theres nothing I can say about this album that hasn’t already been said. It’s great! It’s fun! We stan.

By The Way, I Forgive You // Brandi Carlile
I’ve been a Brandi fan since 2011 when I saw her open for Ray Lamontagne. This album is purely beautiful. Brandi is nominated for multiple awards this year, too!

Lush // Snail Mail
This teen stays true to the genre of punk! Who knew there could be so much emotion in such a tiny person. Add this entire album to your “Songs to Cry to” playlist.

Bloom // Troye Sivan
Similar to Ari, there’s not much I can say about Troye that hasn’t been said before! His voice is beautiful and his songs can make me cry. Again - we stan.

2018 gave us a butt-load of great music! I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us.

Peace out, 2018. Bring it on, 2019!
Keep Jammin’, friends!

My Top 10 Albums of 2016

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In my opinion, the only good thing to come out of 2016 was some bomb ass music. So many creative minds blessed us with their talent in beautiful albums this year.

Here we go friends - after lots of thought and personal battles - my top 10 favorite albums of 2016!! Please leave your top 10 in the comments below! 

The Human Condition - Jon Bellion
     The Human Condition is 1000000% my #1 album of the year. Jon's mind is incredibly complex. His team lives by the phrase "Beautiful Mind" after-all. Each song is meticulously put together by Jon himself, and after going to his concert this summer it was clear to me that he is as passionate about making his music as I am about listening to it!! Love him - y'all definitely need to check him out if you haven't already. 

Joanne - Lady Gaga
     If you haven't already seen it, I geeked out about this album already (check it!). This album is more beautiful every time I listen to it. This might be a top 10 album of all time for me tbh.

Blonde - Frank Ocean
     I geeked about this album the day it came out as well (check it -part 2). Frank Ocean is an exquisite human being with the voice of an angel. That is all. 

Coming Home - Leon Bridges
     If you want to take a trip back to the 1960's listen to this album ASAP. Leon's voice is so smooth it'll make you melt. This soul album has had a place on my top 10 list since it first hit my eardrums. 

Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper
     Chance is the most controversial rapper on the scene at the moment. He refuses to sign with a record label to prove he has what it takes to climb to the top on his own - and he is definitely doing it. This album has a little bit of everything in it. A bit of rap, bit of R&B, bit of hip-hop - you name it, it's here. Definitely worth a listen!

Professional Rapper - Lil Dicky
     Lil Dicky is a comedy rapper but the dude has some serious talent. His flow is incredible and his lyrics actually tell a story - unlike the "popular" rappers you hear on the radio today. This is his debut album and if the rest are anything like it, this guy will be big! 

You're a Man Now Boy - Raleigh Ritchie
     Game of Thrones fans will recognize Raleigh as Grey Worm, one of Khaleesi's trusty sidekicks. In this album he shows some serious R&B talent. His voice is pretty dope and his lyrics are deep. Check him out for sure! 

Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
     Ariana has some serious pipes, y'all. This girl definitely knows how to hit a note. Her newest album really rocked my socks this summer, too. Although it is more "mainstream", I really like Ariana's energy and style. She deserved a spot on this list. 

The Divine Feminine - Mac Miller
     I'll admit, I was a bit timid hitting play when this album first hit Spotify, but I am truly pleased! I haven't liked anything Mac has put out since Blue Slide Park in 2011. My favorite song off the album is definitely Dang! (feat. Anderson Paak). Great work Mac! 

2016 was a rollercoaster, but we had some great music to listen to during our ride! Let's hope for even better records in 2017!!

From my house to yours, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year.
Keep Jammin'!