Obsessive Year-End List Fest 2018: Dishonorable Mentions

Here are the albums that I had the toughest time making it all the way through in 2018. At the top of the list are the merely mediocre records that I almost wanted to rescue from the “dishonorable” pile, but that just didn’t have enough good to outweigh the bad. As you get further down, the list gets more and more abysmal, to the point where I can’t even come up with a track highlight to make a case for why it’s not all bad.

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Obsessive Year-End List Fest 2014: Favorite Songs

It’s that time of year again, when I arbitrarily sort through the list of songs I’ve been obsessed with over the past 12 months, and try to whittle it down to a semi-reasonable list of 100 favorites. A lot of these were released in 2013, and a few even in 2012, but as usual, I was late to the party.

Music videos and some live performances are embedded for most of the Top 30. I didn’t want to go too far beyond that, for fear of crashing your browser. I’ve also created a Spotify playlist that explores a number of these favorites, more or less chronologically in the order that I discovered them.

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Kina Grannis – Elements: Where Nature Meets Nurture


Artist: Kina Grannis
Album: Elements
Year: 2014
Grade: B-

In Brief: The emphasis on rhythm and vocal layering helps Kina’s original songs to match the attention to detail that she puts into her viral videos. While this one still gets a bit sleepy toward the end, I feel like her songwriting has evolved enough to keep me interested once the initial novelty of her cute innocent persona and the “Hey, she covered some of my favorite indie bands!” effect have worn off.

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