Best Album: Dancing Queen – Cher
In the most unsurprising news of 2018, Cher’s ABBA tribute album ‘Dancing Queen’ is my best album of the year. Despite only coming out in September, it’s definitely become my most-played record. Words cannot begin to describe how much I love it.
Worst Album: Tranquility Base And Hotel Casino – Arctic Monkeys
I’m about to offend every hardcore Arctic Monkeys fan in our readership and I’m not sorry about it. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ was a mess of Alex Turner’s incessant ramblings set within a knock-off Bowie universe. It honestly could have been great, but it wasn’t.
Most Disappointing Album: Thank You For Today – Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie’s ninth release was highly anticipated but flopped at the final hurdle. ‘Thank You For Today’ felt lost and meandering, made up mostly of predictable filler tracks. Here’s hoping for a better album next time.
Most Surprising Album: Go To School – The Lemon Twigs
I’ve reviewed a whole host of records since we launched, but this one has stuck in my mind since September. ‘Go To School’ by The Lemon Twigs is, by all accounts, a musical about a murderous monkey. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly stood out. I’m still confused to be honest.
Album We Missed and Wished We’d Discovered Earlier: Mania – Fall Out Boy
We launched In Key in the bright and beautiful month of May, which means that we only got to cover seven months’ worth of 2018 releases. One album that I personally would have loved to review is Fall Out Boy’s ‘MANIA’- I would have given it at least four stars just for having llamas as mascots.
Best Live Show: Fall Out Boy – Manchester Arena
Finishing the second year and beginning the third year of my degree meant that I only attended three live shows this year. I know, shocking. Of those three, I can easily say that Fall Out Boy’s show at Manchester Arena topped the (very small) charts. The music, the pyrotechnics and Pete Wentz wearing a Manchester Bee shirt make it a clear winner.
Top Three New Artist Discoveries:
1. Ward XVI
Their music rocks and they had a chainsaw at their show.
Mitski’s experimental compositions gripped me at the first listen; she is set to be a massive star.
3. Vinyl Williams
Vinyl Williams’ album ‘Opal’ was one of the most relaxing records I’ve ever heard and has definitely helped when I’ve needed down time.
Most Anticipated Album of 2019:
There’s always the possibility of Cher releasing Dancing Queen 2.
Cher’s cover of ABBA’s ‘The Name Of The Game’. It’ll only take one listen to take over your life and you’ll find yourself singing it constantly. It’s not just a cover version, Cher has full control and makes the song her own.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Make the most of every moment and eat more cheese.
Summary of the Year in One Sentence:
It’s been a crazy one, on to the next!