Top 50 Albums Of 2018

Another year in the books and a ton of music has been added to the catalog of sonic enlightenment. These 50 albums were my favorites this year, and it’s fine if you don’t agree. I continue to try to branch out some, but my wheelhouse is pretty well-defined at this point. You’ll notice a lot of the stuff near the top is familiar territory for me, with perhaps one or two exceptions.

Some things that surprised me this year: The triumphant return of Razorlight, the vocals on that Dirty Projectors record, how watered down mainstream rap has become, the willingness of publications to undermine their integrity with clickbait like putting Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener in their top ten albums of the year, that Prince’s Piano And A Microphone album didn’t end up in my top 50, and that Drake continues to dominate the charts despite not releasing a good album since Take Care.

50. We Were Promised Jetpacks-The More I Sleep the Less I Dream

49. Katie Toupin-Moroccan Ballroom

48. Lindi Ortega-Liberty

47. H.C. McEntire-Lionheart

46. The Summervilles-All Is Lost

45. Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes-Fashion

44. Rhye-Blood

43. Denzel Curry-Ta13OO

42. Black Thought-Streams Of Thought Vol 1 & 2

41. Lauren Ruth Ward-Well Hell

40. Arkells-Rally Cry

39. Razorlight-Olympus Sleeping

38. Brandi Carlile-By The Way, I Forgive You

37. Screaming Females-All At Once

36. The Voidz-Virtue

35. Miya Folick-Premonitions

34. Anderson.PAAK-Oxnard

33. Hop Along-Bark Your Head Off, Dog

32. Villagers-The Art Of Pretending To Swim

31. Ric Wilson-Banba

30. Spiritualized-And Nothing Hurt

29. Joey Dosik-Inside Voice

28. Dan Rico-Dreamy

27. Slothrust-The Pact

26. Colter Wall-Songs Of The Plains

25. Kamasi Washington-Heaven & Earth

24. Okkervil River-In The Rainbow Rain

23. The Magic Numbers-Runaways

22. Natalie Prass-The Future And The Past

21. Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis-Wild! Wild! Wild!

20. St. Lenox-Ten Fables Of Young Ambition And Passionate Love

19. Saba-CARE FOR ME

18. Blood Orange-Negro Swan

17. Ike Reilly-Crooked Love

16. Mt Eerie-Now Only

15. Black Panther Soundtrack

14. The Dirty Projectors-Lamp Lit Prose

13. Jeff Tweedy-Warm

12. Haley Heynderickx-I Need To Start A Garden

11. Titus Andronicus-A Productive Cough

10. Khruangbin-Con Todo El Mundo

9. Ravyn Lenae-Crush

8. Hinds-I Don’t Run

7. Odetta Hartman-Old Rockhounds Never Die

6. First Aid Kit-Ruins

5. Tracyanne & Danny-Tracyanne & Danny

4. Sons Of An Illustrious Father-Deus Sex Machina: Or, Moving Slowly Beyond Nikola Tesla

3. Janelle Monáe-Dirty Computer

2. Bruce Springsteen-Springsteen On Broadway

1. Ezra Furman-Transangelic Exodus