Welcome to the first round of purchases for 2022. Yes, I know, it never seems to end…my wife and wallet keep telling me that, but I don’t listen…obviously. And this week was another stellar month and a few really good deals as well…at least I think so. The first set of purchases were from gift cards left over from Christmas that I hadn’t spent and it was tough to decide. First I went with a vinyl I had been wanting for awhile and finding an original vinyl pressing was going to be expense so I went withe re-issue from Music on Vinyl for Extreme!!
The other items I picked up on those gift cards were the studio albums I was missing for Robbie Williams…I figured no time better than to complete that collection so I did. There were four left and here they are… Now I just need to the rare stuff that I am missing…challenge accepted!!
The band Lit actually started way back in 1988. The were first known as a band called Razzle, then they dissolved and back Stain. They released a demo and signed with a record label in 1995, but there was a problem. The name Stain was already claimed, so they changed their name to Lit. Their debut album was released in 1997 and the rest is history.
The members from the classic Lit era (the late 90’s to early 2000’s) was A. Jay Popoff, Jeremy Popoff, Kevin Baldes and Allen Shellenberger. The would make their first 4 Lit albums together before the line-up changed slightly in later years. The members weren’t the only thing to change as did their sound. They went from this Southern California Pop Punk type sound to more of a Pop Rock beachy feel all the way to Country on their last album. Quite a journey.
I have followed them ever since their 2nd album ‘A Place in the Sun’ all the way until today, but I haven’t enjoyed the entire journey. There have been hits and misses as with most bands. If they continue with the Country sound though, I am pretty much done with them. But until we see what happens, let’s go through their catalog and rank the albums from Worst to First.
The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2018 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, Country, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre and that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. There aren’t the trendy indie bands on everyone else’s top albums list. These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way. So, we might as well get started…
The #1 Album of 2018
Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart: Man, what can I say about this guy. He is my favorite singer/songwriter out their right now and has been for sometime. Within just a couple listens to this album I felt like I knew all the words and I was singing right along like I had grown up with these songs. And how do you know an album is great, you keep singing it when you aren’t even listening to it. Yes, I was and I am still singing. The songs “Mine”, “Way Way Back”, “Used To Be” “Long Distant Runner” and “Best Drugs” are some of my favorites but there is not a bad song. Perfect!!
Lit, the Pop punk, power pop, California rock band is back after five years with a new album and a very different sound. They went from California Rock to California Country and why I have no idea. They have always been a rock band; although that sound has changed a little over the years as they have grown as writers and musicians, they were still rock at heart.
Now I will admit, if you listen to their lyrics on their old albums, they could be Country songs as the word-play they do in the songs is similar to what you hear in Country music, only better because it was rock & roll. Their music always made me feel good like I should be partying out on the beach with music blaring and a surf board in my hand (I have never surfed, but I wanted to if there were no sharks and no one watching to laugh).
We are up to 2012 for my Throwback Thursday list. I feel 2012 was a relatively weak year for new music. This year, it was mostly rock that got me going. Only one country artist made the list (sort of country and she made the honorable mention at that). Not much else excited me, but the ones that did I really enjoyed. Here are my Top albums for 2012 (in no particular order).
Lit – The View From The Bottom: So glad these guys came back and did another album. It had been way too long since their last album. Their return was well worth the wait. A great collection of songs and was probably my 2nd favorite album of the year. I loved “Miss You Gone”, “The Wall” and “Same Shit, Different Drink” just to name a few. Just good, fun, rock & roll.