Welcome back to the third installment of my Top 20 albums of 2020. You can find Part 1: #20-#16 Part 1: #20-#16 here and Part 2: #15-#11 here. Here’s a quick refresher on what I look for in albums as I’m building the list: Specialness:Is the album special? Is it making interesting choices that set it apart from other 2020 releases or music in general? … Continue reading Top 20 Albums of 2020: #10-#6
At the end of ever year, Spotify makes you a playlist with the songs you listened to the most. That’s nice of them. However, I can’t help but wonder… are the songs you listened to the most often really the same as your actual favorite songs? I know in some cases I listen to an album more if I plan on reviewing it, and I … Continue reading Spotify says these were my top 100 songs of 2020. Were they really?
Genre: That kind of semi-experimental synthpop that so many people are doing now that it’s arguably just regular pop. Year: 2020 Runtime: 33:27 Total Number of Tracks: 12, including two interludes that are each under a minute long. Songs you might know: – “Comfort Crowd” – “Wish I Was Sober” – “Maniac” – “Checkmate” – “The Story” My prior relationship with the album and artist: … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray
Genre: Pop Year: 2020 Runtime: 39:30 Total Number of Tracks: 13 Songs you might know: – “No Shame” – “Old Me” – “Easier” – “Teeth” – “Wildflower” My prior relationship with the album and artist: Like most people, 5 Seconds of Summer first became a blip on my radar when they started opening for One Direction. (Have I mentioned that I LOoooOOOOve One Direction lately? Because … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: C A L M by 5 Seconds of Summer
Genre: Pop with a country flavor. But by “country flavor” I mean in the way that La Croix is “fruit flavored.” Year: 2020 Runtime: 46:15 Total Number of Tracks: 13 Songs you might know: – “club” – “homecoming queen?” – “the other girl” (ft. Halsey) My prior relationship with the album and artist: I liked Kelsea Ballerini’s first two albums and have reviewed them both if you’re curious. … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini
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 … Continue reading So What the Hell Happened with Album a Day?
August 22, reputation by Taylor Swift Genre: Synthpop, with a touch of rap/hip hop influence that doesn’t really belong here. Year: 2017 Runtime: 55:38 Total Number of Tracks: 15 Songs you might know: – “…Ready For It?” – “End Game” (ft. Future and Ed Sheeran) – “Delicate” – “Look What You Made Me Do” My prior relationship with the album: The lead single of reputation was “Look What You … Continue reading An Album a Day: reputation by Taylor Swift
August 21, 1989 (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift Genre: Synthpop Year: 2014Runtime: 68:37Total Number of Tracks: 16. 13 from the standard edition, and 3 bonus songs. And for once, none of the bonus tracks are rehashes of standard edition songs. Halle-freakin-lujah. Songs you might know:– “Blank Space”– “Style”– “Out of the Woods”– “Shake It Off”– “Bad Blood”– “Wildest Dreams”– “New Romantics” (deluxe edition exclusive) My prior relationship … Continue reading An Album a Day: 1989 (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Edition
August 20, Red (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift Genre: A hodgepodge of different sorts of pop. Not quite as synth-focused as Taylor’s more recent pop, but certainly not a country album either save for 2 or 3 tracks. Year: 2012Runtime: 90:27Total Number of Tracks: 21. This consists of the 16 songs from the standard edition, 3 bonus songs, and 3 bonus versions of standard edition songs. Songs you … Continue reading An Album a Day: Red (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift
August 19, Speak Now (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift Genre: Country, but also with a touch more rock instrumentation than a typical country record. Year: 2010 Runtime: 92:16 Total Number of Tracks: 20, including six bonus tracks not on the standard edition. Of those six, three are additional songs, the other three are additional versions of songs from the standard edition. Songs you might know: – “Mine” … Continue reading An Album a Day: Speak Now (Deluxe Edition) by Taylor Swift