Another year, another list of great albums! Which were your favourite albums of 2018? Here are mine (in no particular order):
Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else
This Brighton based alt-pop band broke through this year with their debut album. I pretty much love every song on this album, and the production is so juicy!
George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s
This one took a while for me to get into for some reason, but once I did I was hooked. Shotgun was arguably the single of the year. Absolute banger!
Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child
Once you get over the initial fact that she sounds so much like Adele, you quickly realise that this album is so much more than an Adele rip-off. Top-notch songwriting, especially on songs like Rebel Heart and You Say, make this a brilliant cross over album.
Jacob Banks – Village
After his inclusion on last years list, I was excited for the debut album and it didn’t disappoint. The perfect blend of soul and pop and a voice that demands your attention.
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Florence is like a thorn amongst a sea of roses… in the very best way. Her voice and songs stand out against the array of female pop saturating the radio these days, and she sticks in you!
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
This album is probably the biggest surprise inclusion for me. After their two singles (which I didn’t love) and another pretentiously long album title, I was not expecting to like this album. I was wrong.
Bryony Dunn – Full Bloom (EP)
*Full disclosure: Bryony is a friend and I worked with her on this EP. Normally I wouldn’t include anything that I’ve been involved with on my list, but I’m such a big fan of Bryony and this EP that I had to include it. Perhaps the best thing I could say about this is: even if I didn’t know Bryony, I’d still be a fan of her music.
Mumford and Sons – Delta
Mumford are back. This album has a depth to it that was missing from their last release. Great songwriting and lyrics as always, but they feel like the old Mumford again, whilst still moving forward.
Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Ariana is the queen of pop right now. This is definitely her most mature offering to date, and it feels like she’s found a sweet spot (pun intended). Flawless vocals and incredible production from Pharrell Williams – dream team!
Years & Years – Palo Santo
Clever pop with vocals that tackle some big issues. This album hits so many of the right notes both sonically and lyrically.
Here is a playlist of some of my favourite songs from my favourite albums in 2018: