The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: Courtney Barnett
This year I had an even harder time coming up with my list than I did for the 2017 version of the list, which is probably obvious given there's 101 records in this year's batch (and that's after whittling about 30 off that total). But I just couldn't leave any of these hundred and one records off my list.
As with my 2017 picks, I've gone in alpha order from A-Z and nothing has a number ranking. Partially, that's because I'm pretty indecisive and it also just feels wrong to do anything other than just share the love equally. 101 ways. As always, the list ended up surprising me. Some records I thought might end up on my list are absent, and happily there were quite a few previously unknown bands that ended up stealing my heart and getting themselves in on the list. I truly hope you'll be reminded of some music you enjoyed last year, and I also hope you'll perhaps find new favorites to swoon over from here on out. My sincere and endless thanks to each and every band/artist on the list, because thanks to them 2018 was a little less insane.
Who: Courtney Barnett
What: Tell Me How You Really Feel
When: May 2018
Where: Mom + Pop
Why: You know what "they" say - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. As far as Courtney Barnett goes, it ain't broke one bit, and thankfully there's no indication that she's straying too far from her established sounds on Tell Me How You Really Feel. Much of what I said back in 2016 (about another excellent album of Barnett's) still applies here, and Barnett's penchant for freewheeling, honeyed fuzz and lyrics evocative of everyday continue to justify her mile-high pile of acclaim. Top notch.