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 2017

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2017 has been... a ride. Music served as an excellent escape form the craziness happening around us this year. 2017 served as a year of exploration for me when it comes to music. My "favorite genre" changed, my passion for music grew, and I couldn't be happier about it! 

Let's get into it, shall we?! 

5 Day Mischon - Tom Misch
Yes, I am going to start this list off with an EP. Get over it!!! This is an exquisite piece of work! Tom Misch is an angel. A super sick, beat making, angel. Keep an eye on this guy, new music coming April 2018!!! 

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
Oh Kendrick, you have my heart. This album is everything I could've asked for and more.  For the first time since 2009, I bought a CD for my car - and it was this one. That alone should tell you how f***ing awesome this album is!!

Ctrl - SZA
oooooomahgawd.  This album is heavenly. This artist is heavenly. That's all i really need to say. Just listen to it!! 

Love You Really - Elli Ingram
This album and I have a newfound love - meaning I found it two days ago and haven't been able to turn it off! Elli has a really dope sound and I think y'all should check her out!

dont smile at me - Billie Eilish
This ethereal indie album is pretty dope. Billie has plays with a lot of different sounds while keeping true to her Indie genre. I like!!! 

blkswn - Smino
Smino does a wonderful job of merging hip-hop and soul/funk. This album gives you a very special feeling every time you listen to it. I'm confident that Smino will continue to blow us away with his unique sound! 

After Laughter - Paramore
Ugh. Paramore. Hayley Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Paramore does a great job altering their sound ever so slightly to connect with newer audiences without losing their punk. This album is nothing but fun! 

SweetSexySavage - Kehlani
KEHLANI. omahgawd. She's angelic. This album just makes me dance!!! 

Yes Lawd! - NxWorries
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge have created the jazziest, funkiest, danciest album of the year. These two artists are unbelievably talented and their music never fails to make me happy. 

War & Leisure - Miguel
Miguel has the smoothest voice of 2017 - hands down! I don't know if it makes sense to describe a voice as handsome but that's what it is! This album is classic Miguel & there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

2017 proved to be a great year for music! Let's hope for even better albums in 2018!!

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