Pleasures turned a happy marriage of a million ideas into one of Tampa Bay's best new albums

Best local albums of 2018.

click to enlarge Pleasures, which released 'Body Pop' in 2018. - Bandcamp/Pleasures
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Pleasures, which released 'Body Pop' in 2018.


Pleasures: Body Pop Katherine Kelly Larson never seemed to be running away from anything specifically when she hit the road on seeming countless extended tours across the country, but the Pleasures principal seems to have found another layer of herself on the new album from her long-running pysch-rock band.

A happy marriage of the millions of ideas bouncing around the band’s new three-piece lineup (longtime Larson collaborator Morgan Soltes, new-ish drummer Roger Lanfranchi), Body Pop also explores a new level of happiness that Larson found after getting married while still touching some of the desolate themes, like worthlessness, which got attention on previous Pleasures releases.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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