Inspired by @donkey83 (Most Disappointing albums of 2018) but with a positive spin, what have been the most pleasant surprises for you this year? Not necessarily your AOTY but albums or bands who have caught you off guard.
For me, I’d say Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer. Always loved her voice and love her as a performer, but this was the first full album of hers that chimed with me for some reason.
Alkaline Trio’s arguable return to form on Is This Thing Cursed? following 13 years of fine-to-awful releases (and especially surprising considering how much time Skiba is spending on Blink-182)
Discovering Spanish Love Songs, an also-ran LA punk band on a tiny label with no budget who came out of nowhere with my favourite album of the year, Schmaltz. The best parts of contemporary menzingers and The Greatest Generation-era Wonder Years mashed up into a flaweless record of upbeat, catchy self-loathing.