Album of 2019

Hits

  • Alter Bridge – Walk the Sky
  • Bring Me the Horizon – amo
  • Dream Theater – Distance over Time
  • Jimmy Eat World – Surviving
  • The Maine – You Are OK
  • Rammstein – RAMMSTEIN
  • The Raven Age – Conspiracy
  • Set It Off – Midnight
  • Sum 41 – Order in Decline
  • Tool – Fear Inoculum
  • Work of Art – Exhibits

Misses

  • Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands
  • Khalid – Free Spirit
  • Labrinth, Sia & Diplo present… LSD
  • Logic – Supermarket (Soundtrack) & Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust?
  • Saint Asonia – Flawed Design
  • Switchfoot – Native Tongue

Shoutouts

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!

The hype is justified. One of the best pop records of the last decade.

Taylor Swift – Lover

The first six songs are OK, but from then on in, it’s a solid pop album.

Weezer – Weezer (Teal Album)

Great interpretations of songs I love.

Top 5 Albums

  1. The Maine – You Are OK

A really mature effort from a band that has grown in leaps and bounds from it’s early pop punk outings. Played it a lot when it first came out and going back to it, it’s still really enjoyable.

  1. Jimmy Eat World – Surviving

I will insist this is their best record since Futures. The last couple of albums have been a bit all over the shop, but this one is where they finally refined their sound and got it back to where I think it’s still familiar but quite new.

  1. Bring Me the Horizon – amo

Never ever would have thought I would give BMTH credit, but it’s what a mainstream rock album would sound like in 2019. The electro/synth vibe and the overall lack of the scream vocals have alienated the old school fans, but I think it’s their best work yet.

  1. Work of Art – Exhibits

With a credits list that features some of the biggest and best in 70s/80s AOR, this continues on the platform set by their previous record. Stunning vocal work, killer guitar, wonderful keyboard work, it’s all you would really want out of a proper throwback-style album.

  1. Dream Theater – Distance over Time

One of DT’s top five albums ever. Yes, I said it. (Images and Words, Awake, Scenes from a Memory and Octavarium are the other four) The perfect response to those, like me, who thought they over indulged a little bit on The Astonishing. All the influences are there, but there are very strong Deep Purple, Rush and especially Yes vibes in places. Utter prog metal brilliance.

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