Lover – Taylor Swift

**** From the moment Lover’s lead single “ME!” featuring the nails-on-chalkboard grating voice of Brendon Urie operating as a depressing foil to Taylor Swift’s infectiously endearing charm, I’ve been skeptical of her latest project. To pull such a 180 from the polarizing yet bold reputation seemed like an overly calculated move that didn’t bode well,…

20 Greatest Albums of 2018

My life went through some pretty significant changes in 2018. I changed jobs twice and finally got a place of my own. And while everything has largely been an improvement, many of my new responsibilities (and my lack of a regular commute) significantly cut into my music listening time this year. Yet even though I…

Music From the Big Pink (1968)

**** Armed with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, kinetic melodies, and plenty of weirdo moments, the now legendary Music From the Big Pink is the kind of album that probably sounded a lot more revolutionary in 1968 than it does today. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate the influence it has had on many of music’s most…

Low – David Bowie (1977)

**** Few artists in the history of modern music are as diverse as David Bowie was. Most great artists are able to evolve over the course of their careers; Bowie did it over the course of singular albums. Compare the grounded sentimentality of “Be My Wife” with the extraterrestrial wail of “Warszawa.” For the uninitiated,…

Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)

***** I can’t remember what I was expecting when I went into Is This the Life We Really Want?, Roger Waters’ first studio release in my lifetime. While I’ve been a casual Pink Floyd fan since I first got into music, they’ve never really been one of my favorites. Often, I find myself gravitating toward…

50 Greatest Songs of 2017

As much as I love music lists, I often find year-end catalogs, particularly ones ranking songs rather than albums, to be quite weak. There is a tendency to focus on hits or to only include one song per artist. Not only is this disrespectful to artists beyond the Top 40 who may have had killer…

20 Greatest Albums of 2017

Critics and music-lovers tend to look back on the year in review and profess that it was a great year regardless of how much good music was actually released. It’s an annoying trend, but it’s also because if you know where to look, good music is always waiting to be discovered. There was something for…