Jan 29, 2019

Best Albums of 2018

2018 didn't feel to me to be a landmark year in music. Of course there was plenty of great stuff and discoveries aplenty but it felt a little short on masterpieces. There were two albums though that stood above the rest for me. Both released early in the year. Ty Segall, the most prolific artist working today?, gave us his magnum opus in January. A huge sprawling epic album that showed off his unique ability to rock out and also deliver a killer melody. Speaking of epic Car Seat Headrest went back to their 2011 album Twin Fantasy and totally re recorded and reworked the entire album. An emotional epic journey that I probably listened to more than album of 2018. There were notable releases by almost veterans in Beach House, Mount Eerie and Neko Case that totally satisfied. But there were also great discoveries in artists on their first or second or even third record. Such as Hop Along, Lucy Dacus, Vundabar or Lala Lala. Also a great year for women in music. So many talented artists out there. 7 of my top 20 were by female acts or fronted bands.

1. Freedom's Goblin-Ty Segall
2. Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)-Car Seat Headrest
3. 7-Beach House
4. God's Favorite Customer-Father John Misty
5. This One's For The Dancer and This One's For The Dancer's Bouquet-Moonface
6. Now Only-Mount Eerie
7. Bark Your Head Off, Dog-Hop Along
8. Some Rap Songs-Earl Sweatshirt
9. Hell-On-Neko Case
10. Be the Cowboy-Mitski
11. A Love Sleeps Deep-The Moondoggies
12. Historian-Lucy Dacus
13. Bottle It In-Kurt Vile
14. Kill the Lights-Tony Molina
15. The Whole Thing Is Just There-Young Jesus
16. Wanderer-Cat Power
17. Smell Smoke-Vundabar
18. I'll Sing-Shannen Moser
19. Skylight-Pinegrove
20. C'est La Vie-Phosphorescent
21. Smote Reverser-Oh Sees
22. Sparkle Hard-Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
23. Pissing Stars-Efrim Manuel Menuck
24. Popular Fiction-Gold Connections
25. Hope Downs-Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
26. The Lamb-Lala Lala
27. FM!-Vince Staples
28. WARM-Jeff Tweedy
29. A Productive Cough-Titus Andronicus
30. Snares Like A Haircut-No Age
31. Rebound-Eleanor Friedberger
32. I Need to Start a Garden-Haley Heynderickx
33. Joy-Ty Segall & White Fence
34. Marauder-Interpol
35. Sweet Unknown-Erika Wennerstrom
36. I'm Bad Now-Nap Eyes
37. How to Socialise and Make Friends-Camp Cope
38. The Diet-Cullen Omori
39. Lush-Snail Mail
40. Double Negative-Low
41. Ye-Kanye West
42. Lamp Lit Prose-Dirty Projectors
43. Vide Noir-Lord Huron
44. Goat Girl-Goat Girl
45. Dance Music-Mastersystem
46. A Poem Unlimited-U.S. Girls
47. Thunder Follows The Light-Mutual Benefit
48. In The Break-Night Shop
49. Abysskiss-Adrianne Lenker
50. In the Rainbow Rain-Okkervil River


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