My top 10 Best Music Albums of 2018…

Well, here it is. These 10 albums are my choices for what I think is the best of 2018. I didn’t buy much new music in the year 2018 ’cause I don’t keep up with the music industry that much. Toward the end of the year though, I finally got around to buying more new music ’cause there were some albums that I wanted to hear.

Here’s what I could find that I thought were the best. I’ll name only 10. I’ll explain why I like the album so much and I’ll post a song from each album too… enjoy the list, y’all…

10. La Luz – Floating Features

(This is an all girl group who writes their own songs and plays their own instruments. The genre they play is rock music but it sounds more like surf rock music to me. The type of music that you would hear while near a beach and walking down a boardwalk. This is surf rock music that you would hear in the 60’s and the kind of songs you would hear in a Quentin Tarantino movie. These ladies play great and they play tight as hell too. Lots of killer guitar playing all over this record too. Shana Cleveland is a killer singer and guitarist. She can play both rhythm and lead quite well. I listened to this album like three or four times. This album had to be on here.)

9. Stone Temple Pilots (self titled 2018 album)

(At first I was skeptical of STP moving on without Scott Weiland but then I thought, fuck it… I’ll just accept it and try to check them out with their new singer. I was actually blown away. Their new singer, Jeff Gutt is actually a great rock vocalist. This is actually a great album and I couldn’t stop listening to this one. To those that turned away from STP ’cause they moved on without, Scott, give this album a chance like I did. It’s a pretty great album and the guys in STP still got it. Don’t be quick to hate. Just listen to them and the new STP era will grow on you.)

8. Nita Strauss – Controlled Chaos

(So Nita Strauss the iconic shred guitarist has been in the music industry for a while now but she hasn’t released her own album until now. She hasn’t really released anything before this ’cause from what I understand, she was just a session musician and now she’s a full time solo artist. This album is pretty killer and I was blown away. Nita rocks on the guitar. She can shred, she can play heavy rhythm… she can do all the stuff on guitar that men can do.)

7. Joe Bonamassa – Redemption

(Joe Bonamassa is one of my favorite electric guitarists and blues musicians. The last few Bonamassa albums were pretty good but I think this one was his best record in a very long time. You want to hear tight blues rock, you’ll get exactly that on this album. Joe was on fire on this album throughout. He’s getting better vocally too. If you want to hear Joe shredding on guitar, you’ll get that all throughout this record. This album will get you headbanging throughout the whole thing. I couldn’t stop listening to this one so it had to be included.)

6. Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

(I’ve never really listened to Clutch before until now and after hearing this album makes me want to listen to a lot more of them. I can see why rock and metal fans love this band so much ’cause they are addicting to listen to. This band is pretty tight and they play with lots of energy. Neal Fallon is definitely one of the best rock vocalists out there. A badass album and I’m gonna be listening to it a lot, I think.)

5. Slash & Myles Kennedy – Living the Dream

(I’ve been following Slash’s solo career for a long while and heard everything Slash and Myles Kennedy has done together. The new album they just put out “Living the Dream” with the Conspirators was the best they’ve done. Pretty amazing guitar tones and sick playing by Slash like usual. Myles singing will give you goosebumps too. I think Myles is one of the best singers in rock n’ roll and he is underrated too.)

4. Greta Van Fleet – Anthem of the Peaceful Army

(So Greta Van Fleet finally releases their debut studio album. This band sparked so much buzz in the industry lately and I finally decided to check them out when they released “From The Fires”. I’ve been a fan of Greta Van Fleet ever since. When they released this album, they still impress me. They didn’t disappoint once again. “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” is a pretty solid album. Yeah, many love to accuse them of being Led Zeppelin copycats… maybe they do sound like Led Zep a little bit but if you listen to this album, you’ll hear so many other influences going on. All 4 musicians play killer and Josh’s singing is just out of this world.)

3. Ghost – Prequelle 

(I’ve been a fan of Ghost for a long while and finally got their album “Prequelle” earlier this year and I couldn’t stop listening to it ever since. It’s a beautiful album. Every song is so great on it. This is one of those albums you can listen to over and over and never get tired of it. Tobias Forge really is a great singer and songwriter. What I love about this band is that they make every song they write stay in your head and it stays there forever. That’s what great songwriting is to me. This band knows how to sound musical and they do a good job of it. I love this album dearly so this had to be high on the list.)

2. Judas Priest – Firepower

(I never was a big Judas Priest fan over the years of my life and I never bought their records until now. I bought two of their albums, “British Steele” and their new record “Firepower”. Throughout the metal community, they’ve been saying how amazing their new album “Firepower” really is so I finally got it for myself and they were right. It’s a pretty sick album all the way through. Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner are both pretty sick guitarists. Lots of great riffs and tasty guitar solos all over this record. Plus, Rob Halford’s vocals are incredible. Makes me want to listen to a lot more Judas Priest ’cause they are a great band. I’d like to collect their whole discography.)

1. Alice In Chains – Rainier Fog

(The new Alice In Chains record “Rainier Fog” is pretty amazing shit. I’ve been listening to it all week repeatedly so it had to be my number 1 choice. At first, I was a little skeptical of the William Duval era of Alice In Chains but they are making some pretty sick music. “Black Gives Way to Blue”, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” and now “Rainier Fog” are all pretty great albums but “Rainier Fog” was the best record they have done. Jerry Cantrell is killing it.)

 

There you have it, y’all. I post the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 pretty soon.

Kev

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