So What the Hell Happened with Album a Day?

In January of last year, I proclaimed that in 2019 I would listen to an album every day of 2019, and I did just that. You may have seen various “Album a Day” posts throughout the year.

Ultimately, I didn’t stay on top of the blogging aspect of this project to the extent I wish I had. But I also can’t say I regret this either. Music is different from movies or television. Music, and especially full albums, needs careful thought. I have had so many times when my opinions and feelings about music changing as I listened to it more that I simply did not want to rush to conclusions about things. I stand by my decision to not blog about music until I’ve listened to the full album several times and am confident in where I stand.

And yes, that policy led to less content on the blog. Listening to a new album every day while ALSO finding time to listen to all the previous albums enough times that you can fairly review them takes more time than what I have. But less content is a lesser evil to me than a) publishing overly simplistic reviews that aren’t very well thought out and likely to change anyway or b) sticking to overly basic, easily consumable music that doesn’t challenge me.

Despite the fact that I didn’t blog many of the fantastic albums I listened to, I’m so glad I did this project. It pushed me to discover new artists and actually dive into discographies rather than just listening 2-3 songs on repeat for two weeks. In 2019, I even saw Alex Lahey live, and I hadn’t even heard of her at the beginning of the year. I spent the entire month of exploring classic albums, and yes, Rumors and Purple Rain are totally worth the hype. I revisited albums I remembered from when I was younger and found that actually, Identified by Vanessa Hudgens has some guilty pleasure bops, and Into the Rush by Aly & A.j. isn’t as good as I thought it was in high school. (Insomniatic totally is though. Fight me.)

And the other thing? When you’re forcing yourself to consume so much music from across so many different genres all the time, it means so much more when you DO hear those things that just fucking sticks with you.

I remember the monologue about the bus at the end of Childish Gambino’s Camp. 

I remember hearing Lewis Capadi’s piercing vocal on “Someone You Loved” for the first time.

I remember the first time “Alligator” by Of Monsters and Men came on the radio and I felt like I HAD to listen to the whole album right away.

I remember Caitlyn Smith’s a capella high note on “Tacoma” from Starfire.

I remember the way an ad for some Netflix show turned me onto “Turn” by the Wombats, who became one of my favorite newly discovered artists of the year.

I remember the rawness of Harry Styles’ emotion on “Falling” from Fine Line.

And I remember having a hella bad day around the time AJR’s Neotheater came out, and going for a walk in the park as “100 Bad Days” came on, feeling like it was made just for me.

And yes, I even remember driving through back roads when Taylor Swift’s “Paper Rings” from Lover made my heart explode with warm fuzzy euphoria.

The way I connect with music, the way my tastes have shifted, the way I can connect with other people over music has grown so much over the course of the year. So really, there’s only one logical thing to do: don’t stop. Like, ever. For the foreseeable future, I’m going to keep listening to an album everyday. Same rules apply. I gotta listen to stuff in album order, and I can’t pause for more than four minutes. I can’t count the same album twice.

And as for the blog? I’ll review albums when I want to. There’s certainly some great ones I’d love to share with you people, but the personal enrichment I get out of listening to an album a day is too precious to jeopardize by putting a lot of content creation pressure on myself. My goal is to listen to at least 400 albums, which was my total number for 2019. I’m shooting for at least 400 albums that I didn’t listen to last year, but I’ll inevitably be revisiting at least some of them.

Now, speaking of those 400 albums. . . in case anyone was wondering:

 

  1. What If Nothing by Walk the Moon
  2. It’s About Us – Alex & Sierra
  3. Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World
  4. dont smile at me – Billie Eilish
  5. Fly by Dixie Chicks
  6. Last Young Renegade by All Time Low
  7. 19 by Adele
  8. 21 by Adele
  9. Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
  10. + by Ed Sheeran
  11. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
  12. Up All Night by One Direction
  13. Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell by Meat Loaf
  14. 5150 by Van Halen
  15. Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf
  16. Take This to Your Grave by Fall Out Boy
  17. From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy
  18. Infinity on High by Fall Out Boy
  19. Folie á Deux by Fall Out Boy
  20. Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
  21. American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall Out Boy
  22. M A N I A by Fall Out Boy
  23. Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco
  24. 5 Seconds of Summer by 5 Seconds of Summer
  25. Hot Fuss by the Killers
  26. Vices & Virtues by Panic! at the Disco
  27. RIOT! by Paramore
  28. Walk the Moon by Walk the Moon
  29. The Sound of Madness by Shinedown
  30. LM5 by Little Mix
  31. Know-It-All (Deluxe Edition) by Alessia Cara
  32. 25 by Adele
  33. Blue Neighbourhood (Deluxe Edition) by Troye Sivan
  34. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  35. Here I Am by Kelly Rowland
  36. Born to Sing by En Vogue
  37. Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
  38. H.E.R. by H.E.R.
  39. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
  40. Shade by Living Colour
  41. The Supremes by The Supremes
  42. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  43. Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
  44. The Temptin’ Temptations by The Temptations
  45. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  46. Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone
  47. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  48.  The Kids Are Alright by Chloe x Halle
  49. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
  50. ANTI by Rihanna
  51. Pink Friday (Deluxe Edition) by Nicki Minaj
  52. Funky Divas by En Vogue
  53.  Still Bill by Bill Withers
  54. Master of My Make-Believe by Santigold
  55. 99 cents by Santigold
  56. Ctrl. by SZA
  57. Hold On, I’m Comin’ by Sam & Dave
  58. Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
  59. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
  60. Lemonade by Beyonce
  61. Everything Is Love by The Carters
  62. I Am… Sasha Fierce by Beyonce
  63. All ‘n All by Earth, Wind & Fire
  64. Dua Lipa (Deluxe Edition) by Dua Lipa
  65. Body Talk by Robyn
  66. Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
  67. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  68. Illuminate by Shawn Mendes
  69. Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  70. A Little Bit Longer by Jonas Brothers
  71. Jonas Brothers by Jonas Brothers
  72. Camila by Camila Cabello
  73. Lines, Vines, and Trying Times by Jonas Brothers
  74. All at Once by The Airborne Toxic Event
  75. Breakout by Miley Cyrus
  76. Just the Beginning by Grace VanderWaal
  77. Unbroken by Demi Lovato
  78. Don’t Forget by Demi Lovato
  79. V by Vanessa Hudgens
  80. ÷ by Ed Sheeran
  81. Identified by Vanessa Hudgens
  82. Pop Psychology by Neon Trees
  83. Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life by The Wombats
  84. Insomniatic by Aly & A.j.
  85. One of the Boys by Katy Perry
  86. American Teen by Khalid
  87. Into the Rush by Aly & A.j.
  88. Headstrong by Ashley Tisdale
  89. So Wrong, It’s Right by All Time Low
  90. Talking Is Hard. by Walk the Moon
  91. Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara
  92. Evergreen by Broods
  93. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish
  94.  Days Are Gone by HAIM
  95. Something to Tell You by HAIM
  96. David Cook by David Cook
  97. Glitterbug (Deluxe Edition) by The Wombats
  98. Gone Now by Bleachers
  99. Woodstock by Portugal. The Man
  100. How Will You Know If You Never Try by COIN
  101. Strange Desire by Bleachers
  102. Free Spirit by Khalid
  103. Melodrama by Lorde
  104. Pure Heroine by Lorde
  105. I Love You Like a Brother by Alex Lahey
  106. Sainthood by Tegan and Sara
  107. Penguin Prison by Penguin Prison
  108. Conscious by Broods
  109. Deep End by Doc Robinson
  110. Chariot by Gavin DeGraw
  111. Confess by Twin Shadow
  112. Wanted on Voyage by George Ezra
  113. Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  114. Wild Things by Ladyhawke
  115. Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra
  116. We Need to Talk by Tayla Parx
  117. The Family Jewels by Marina and the Diamonds
  118. Our Own House by MisterWives
  119. Chaos and the Calm by James Bay
  120. Harry Styles by Harry Styles
  121. Side Pony by Lake Street Dive
  122. Neotheater by AJR
  123. Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? by Paloma Faith
  124. Living Room by AJR
  125. Feel Your Feelings Fool! by The Regrettes
  126. Dreaming Out Loud by OneRepublic
  127. About U by MUNA
  128. Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded by Rihanna
  129. Lungs by Florence + the Machine
  130. Pep Talks by Judah and the Lion
  131. Hands by Little Boots
  132. Badlands by Halsey
  133. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato
  134. HERO by Maren Morris
  135. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
  136. Brand New Eyes by Paramore
  137. Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
  138. Salute (Deluxe Edition) by Little Mix
  139. Same Trailer, Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
  140. Four the Record by Miranda Lambert
  141. The Best of Luck Club by Alex Lahey
  142. Ladies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell
  143. Sam’s Town by The Killers
  144. Threat To Survival by Shinedown
  145. The Spirit Room by Michelle Branch
  146. Takin’ the Long Way by Dixie Chicks
  147. Believe by Orianthi
  148. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at the Disco
  149. Metro Station by Metro Station
  150. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (Deluxe Edition) by Halsey
  151. Made in the A.M. (Deluxe Edition) by One Direction
  152. Goddess by BANKS
  153. Wide Eyed Southern Boys by .38 Special
  154. GIRL by Maren Morris
  155. The Ghost of What You Used to Be by Quietdrive
  156. Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox Twenty
  157. Tell All Your Friends by Taking Back Sunday
  158. The Wombats Proudly Present… This Modern Glitch by The Wombats
  159. The Union by The Glorious Sons
  160. Never Take Friendship Personal by Anberlin
  161. Foxy Shazam by Foxy Shazam
  162. California by Blink-182
  163. Love Drunk by Boys Like Girls
  164. My Darkest Days by My Darkest Days
  165. Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers
  166. Fallen by Evanescence
  167. Hyperion by St. Lucia
  168. Currrent Mood by Dustin Lynch
  169. Midnight Memories (Deluxe Edition) by One Direction
  170. The First Time by Kelsea Ballerini
  171. Unapologetically (deluxe) by Kelsea Ballerini
  172. Starfire by Caitlyn Smith
  173. The Tree by Lori McKenna
  174. Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies
  175. Pearl by Janis Joplin
  176. Armageddon by PRISM
  177. Flat as a Pancake by Head East
  178. Approved by the Motors by The Motors
  179. Killer by Alice Cooper
  180. Fresh by The Raspberries
  181. Collector’s Item by Heartsfield
  182. Leveled by Earth Quake
  183. Kiss (Deluxe Edition) by Carly Rae Jepsen
  184. Emotion (Deluxe Edition) by Carly Rae Jepsen
  185. Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen
  186. Now by Shania Twain
  187. Dying Star by Ruston Kelly
  188. Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves
  189. Pray For the Wicked by Panic! at the Disco
  190. Gods & Ghosts by Adam Wakefield
  191. Fitz and the Tantrums by Fitz and the Tantrums
  192. FAME by Mikky Ekko
  193. We the Kings by We the Kings
  194. Outside Inside by The Tubes
  195. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
  196. FOUR: Deluxe Edition by One Direction
  197. The Bones of What You Believe by CHVRCHES
  198. Speak Your Mind by Anne-Marie
  199. Sacred Hearts Club by Foster the People
  200. Always In Between (Deluxe Edition) by Jess Glynne
  201. Pickin’ Up the Pieces by Fitz and the Tantrums
  202. All Killer, No Filler by Sum 41
  203. Beautiful Lies by Birdy
  204. Paradise by Lana Del Ray
  205. Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
  206. Traveller by Chris Stapleton
  207. Colorblind by Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  208. Glorious by Foxes
  209. Evolve by Imagine Dragons
  210. New Surrender by Anberlin
  211. Flicker (Deluxe Edition) by Niall Horan
  212. How Does It Feel by MS MR
  213. Cleopatra by The Lumineers
  214. Blue Roses by Runaway June
  215. July 23 – Rainbow by Kesha
  216. Don’t You Worry, Honey by Sir Sly
  217. A Bad Girl in Harlem by New Politics
  218. Pieces of Me by Tiffany
  219. Beautiful Trauma by P!nk
  220. The Way That I Am by Martina McBride
  221. Poems, Prayers & Promises John Denver
  222. All We Know is Falling by Paramore
  223. The Mamas & the Papas by The Mamas & the Papas
  224. Naturally by Three Dog Night
  225. One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste
  226. MKTO by MKTO
  227. Hotel California by the Eagles
  228. The Shadow Side by Andy Black
  229. Whirlwind by Maddie Poppe
  230. Clouds by Joni Mitchell
  231. MINT by Alice Merton
  232. Every Open Eye by Chvrches
  233. This Is Gonna Hurt by Sixx A.M.
  234. Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! by Panic! at the Disco
  235. One-X by Three Days Grace
  236. Love You to Death by Tegan and Sara
  237. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance
  238. Alive by Jessie J
  239. Love is Dead by Chvrches
  240. Cage the Elephant by Cage the Elephant
  241. El Camino by The Black Keys
  242. Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko
  243. Taylor Swift (Deluxe Version) by Taylor Swift
  244. Fearless (Platinum Edition) by Taylor Swift
  245. Speak Now (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift
  246. Red (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift
  247. 1989 (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift
  248. reputation by Taylor Swift
  249. Lover by Taylor Swift
  250. Heard It In a Past Life by Maggie Rogers
  251. Blackholes and Revelations by MUSE
  252. New Again by Taking Back Sunday
  253. The Boy Who Knew Too Much by MIKA
  254. Life in Cartoon Motion by MIKA
  255. Between the Country by Ian Noe
  256. Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent by Lewis Capaldi
  257. Plural by Electric Guest
  258. Move Along by The All-American Rejects
  259. Nevermind by Nirvana
  260. Ten by Pearl Jam
  261. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
  262. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  263. Who’s Next by The Who
  264. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
  265. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
  266. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
  267. Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
  268. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  269. 1984 by Van Halen
  270. The Joshua Tree by U2
  271. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
  272. LEON by Leon
  273. OK Computer by Radiohead
  274. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
  275. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
  276. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
  277. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
  278. Tapestry by Carole King
  279. CrazySexyCool by TLC
  280. Exile on Main St. by The Rolling Stones
  281. Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  282. Abbey Road by The Beatles
  283. A Night at the Opera by Queen
  284. Graceland by Paul Simon
  285. Goodbye Yellowbrick Road by Elton John
  286. What’s Going On? by Marvin Gaye
  287. Appetite for Destruction by Guns ‘n Roses
  288. The Velvet Underground and Nico
  289. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
  290. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
  291. The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) by Lady Gaga
  292. Same Train, Different Station by Sub-Radio
  293. Room for Squares by John Mayer
  294. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
  295. My Name is Michael Holbrook by MIKA
  296. Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem
  297. Saves the World by MUNA
  298. Wolves by American Aquarium
  299. Warrior by Kesha
  300. Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
  301. Come On Over by Shania Twain
  302. The Highwoman by The Highwoman
  303. Things Change by American Aquarium
  304. Entertainer of the Year by Loretta Lynn
  305. Fleetwood Mac by Fleetwood Mac
  306. Yours Truly by Ariana Grande
  307. My Everything (Deluxe Edition) by Ariana Grande
  308. Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
  309. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  310. Thank u, Next by Ariana Grande
  311. Start Here by Maddie & Tae
  312. Enema of the State by Blink-182
  313. Revolver by The Beatles
  314. When The World Comes Down by The All-American Rejects
  315. FEVER DREAM by Of Monsters and Men
  316. Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
  317. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83
  318. MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent
  319. Back to Us by Rascal Flatts
  320. Eyes Open by Snow Patrol
  321. Songs About Jane by Maroon 5
  322. Madman Across the Water by Elton John
  323. The Click (Deluxe Edition) by AJR
  324. Storyteller by Carrie Underwood
  325. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
  326. American Idiot by Green Day
  327. The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
  328. 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day
  329. EVOLution by Sabrina Carpenter
  330. Clarity by Kim Petras
  331. Let It Enfold You by Senses Fail
  332. Let’s Rock by The Black Keys
  333. Young & Dangerous by The Struts
  334. Z by SZA
  335. Fast Times at Barrington High by The Academy Is…
  336. Talk That Talk by Rihanna
  337. Golden Child by Judith Hill
  338. Dookie by Green Day
  339. Finally Out of P.E. by Brie Larson
  340. Awaken, My Love by Childish Gambino
  341. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink-182
  342. The Architect (Zeitgeist edition) by Paloma Faith
  343. Camp by Childish Gambino
  344. Time Bomb by Alyssa Reid
  345. Around the World and Back by State Champs
  346. Bombs Away by Sheppard
  347. Where The Shadow Ends by BANNERS
  348. The College Dropout by Kanye West
  349. Thankful by Kelly Clarkson
  350. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
  351. My December by Kelly Clarkson
  352. PANG by Caroline Polachek
  353. All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson
  354. Stronger (Deluxe Edition) by Kelly Clarkson
  355. Piece By Piece by Kelly Clarkson
  356. Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson
  357. Lowborn by Anberlin
  358. Without Fear by Dermot Kennedy
  359. Betty by Betty Who
  360. No Secrets by No Secrets
  361. Can’t Hold Back by Eddie Money
  362. Debut by Bjork
  363. Post by Bjork
  364. Vespertine by Bjork
  365. Homogenic by Bjork
  366. Medulla by Bjork
  367. Volta by Bjork
  368. Biophilia by Bjork
  369. Vulnicura by Bjork
  370. Utopia by Bjork
  371. Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
  372. They Might Be Giants by They Might Be Giants
  373. Christmas Extraordinaire by Manheim Steamroller
  374. LP1 by Liam Payne 
  375. I Like Fun by They Might Be Giants
  376. Birthplace by Novo Amor
  377. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
  378. Some Nights (Spotify Exclusive Version) by fun.
  379. Fine Line by Harry Styles
  380. Romance by Camila Cabello
  381. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
  382. The Captain and Me by The Doobie Brothers
  383. Crossing the Rubicon by The Sounds
  384. Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
  385. Cheap Queen by King Princess
  386. Waiting for My Rocket to Come by Jason Mraz
  387. Travelogues by Doc Robinson
  388. No 6. Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran
  389. Toulouse Street by The Doobie Brothers
  390. Beast Epic by Iron & Wine
  391. We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. by Jason Mraz
  392. The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  393. Anxiety by Ladyhawke
  394. Spice by Spice Girls
  395. In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Shit by LOLO
  396. Sorry by Meg Myers
  397. I’ll Be Back Someday by Tegan and Sara
  398. The Stranger by Billy Joel
  399. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  400. Please Please Me by The Beatles

 

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