The best albums of 2018 — we’re almost there!

In no order. My dedicated team of interns is still sorting through data.

ALBUMS

Cupcakke – Ephorize
U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
Mr. Fingers – Cerebral Hemispheres
Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes
tUnE-yArDs – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
Ravyn Lenae – Crush
Tracy Thorn – Record
Migos – Culture II
The Breeders – All Nerve
Ashley Monroe – Sparrow
Tal National – Tantabara
Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
Bali Baby – Baylor Swift
Amen Nunes – Freedom
Speedy Ortiz – Twerp Verse
Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Pusha T – Daytona
Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism
John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM
Belly – Dove
Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive
Troye Sivan – Bloom
The Chills – Snowbound
Mitski – Be the Cowboy
Noname – Room 25
Eric Church – Desperate Man
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
Vince Staples – FM!
Alex Anwantder – Latinoamericana
Cloud Nothings – Last Building Burning

5 thoughts on “The best albums of 2018 — we’re almost there!

  1. I’m so illiterate at what’s happening this decade with albums, Alfred. Nevertheless it seems like a very eclectic group and happy to see Merril Garbus so high! I always thought of her as a lab-human experiment when a mad Dr. Frankenstein somehow puts together David Byrne and Tina Weymouth in the same body.

  2. People often say that very good lengthy films feel shorter than they actually are. I wouldn’t make great claims for SR3MM beyond “Powerglide,” but it’s a triple album that’s an easy and pleasant listen. That’s difficult to pull off.

    EPHORIZE is on my tentative top 10 list, but EDEN struck me as somewhat weaker, especially because its choice of beats seems drawn from the same checklist of styles. Is that the reason it’s missing from this, or are you waiting to pass final judgment on it?

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