Besides having talent that goes far beyond most, never have I ever seen an artist as dedicated and loyal to their fans as Dylan Lloyd. He even shouts out one fan a week on for his signature “Fan Love Friday“, which even has it’s own website now. All you other bands and artists take notes. Dylan seems to have the perfect formula to success. This past weekend, Chicago native singer/songwriter further proved that fact by releasing what is probably one of my favorite albums of the year. The album is titled “Per Aspera Ad Astra” which translates from Latin to “Through hardships to the stars”. I’ve had the pleasure of being friends with Dylan for a few years now and I can tell you first hand he’s no stranger to hardship. Like many other great artists, his music typically reflects the latest chapter of his life. This album in particular paints a story of overcoming the adversity of lost love that will surely hit you right in the feels. His beautiful, soulful voice blends perfectly with the groovy drum beats, tasteful guitar riffs and deeply emotional lyrics. Not to mention the catchy choruses that will stay stuck in your head for weeks and have you singing them in the shower. Track by track, the quality and flow of the album is fantastic too. Producer, Joel Tock did an excellent job. Whether you’re going through a break up, wanting some good music to listen to while you cook or simply just love music, this is the album for you. You’d be foolish not buy it.