The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: The Wombats
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: The Wombats
What: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
When: February 2018
Where: The Wombats
Why: I've got a bit of a soft spot for Liverpool, and I've also got a bit of a soft spot for Liverpool's The Wombats. BPWRYL is perhaps one of the poppiest records on my list, but there's more then a subtle pucker of the sardonic to the enticingly sugary, ridiculously catchy songs. It also happens to be one of my most-played records of the entire year. Burning love and partying with abandon feature across the album, but there's some serious feels happening in songs like "Turn" and "I Don't Know Why I Like You But I Do," not to mention some cheeky, barbed lyrics wrestling with getting older embedded in these shimmy-friendly songs. Basically, to say The Wombats have gotten under my skin would be quite an understatement.