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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 by JamesMowbray (2018)  

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1. (=)

AviaryUnited States Julia Holter
Julia Holter's 'Aviary' is a stunning avant-garde epic that experiments with sounds from so many areas, but maintains a cohesive, emotional centre of gravity. The range on display here is staggering. The album opens with the (barely) organised chaos of 'Turn the Light On', where a powerful vocal performance fights against the mass of drums strings and other instruments that drive the track. It closes with 'Why Sad Song?', a quiet contemplative track with sparse instrumentation where the vocals are the core of the song. The rest of the album perfectly bridges the significant gap between these tracks, to make for an immensely varied album that never loses sight of what it is.
(First added to chart: 10/29/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 2018:16Rank Score:292
Rank in 2010s816Overall Rank:5,506
Average Rating:  79/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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2. (20) Up18

You Won't Get What You WantUnited States Daughters
There are lots of records that can be described as angry or depressing, but there are very few that are as utterly nightmarish as 'You Won't Get What You Want'. The project carries a lot of different sound, but almost all of them are emotionally exhausting. 'City Song' introduces the album with a sense of dread, and it's not long into the album before 'Satan In the Wait' amps this up until it's almost unbearable. Towards the end of the record the dread is realised with tracks like 'The Reason They Hate Me' and 'Guest House' releasing the potential that the early sections of the record build up, to make for uniquely hopeless sounding music.
(First added to chart: 10/29/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 2018:13Rank Score:372
Rank in 2010s628Overall Rank:4,526
Average Rating:  84/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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3. (2) Down1

7United States Beach House
'Depression Cherry' and 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' were both very good albums, but it was beginning to feel like Beach House were approaching a creative dead end after the build up found across their first four albums. However, with '7', the duo's best album to date, all these fears are put to rest. Opener 'Dark Spring' has a shoegazey feel to it, with the drums that open the track being vaguely reminiscent of those that open the My Bloody Valentine track 'Only Shallow'. 'Black Car' begins sounding tiny in scope, but elements are carefully added over the course of the track until it becomes the highlight of the record. There's still a lot here that works on the successes of the last three albums, 'Drunk in LA' and 'L'inconnue' especially make for brilliant dream pop tracks.
(First added to chart: 05/15/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 2018:2Rank Score:949
Rank in 2010s249Overall Rank:2,193
Average Rating:  80/100 (403 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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4. (3) Down1

Twin Fantasy (Face To Face)United States Car Seat Headrest
I guess it's a re-recording and not a new album for this year, but 'Twin Fantasy: Face To Face' has a kind of different feel to the original. For me the cleaner sound improves a lot of the tracks significantly, since the cleaner sound makes it easier for the instruments to match the emotion of the vocals. 'Bodys' and 'Beach Life In Death' particularly benefit from this, with the latter being the best track this year. There are a few other changes across the album that have varying degrees of success, but the impact of the change in sound alone makes this album absolutely essential. It feels like the musical equivalent of a remaster and director's cut of one of your favourite films.
(First added to chart: 03/07/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 2018:1Rank Score:1,060
Rank in 2010s224Overall Rank:2,008
Average Rating:  82/100 (468 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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5. (4) Down1

TA13OOUnited States Denzel Curry
'Taboo' is split into three parts: light, grey and dark. This immediately gives the structure of an album that gets darker and heavier as it goes, and the tracks on here completely achieve this. There are some issues with the light portion. The lyrical themes of 'Black Balloons' and 'Taboo' are certainly not light, but I guess they appear this way in comparison to the final, dark section. This is where the record is at it's best. 'The Blackest Balloon' really does feel like a horror movie; the rage on 'Percz' is justified and in your face; 'Vengeance' is perfect horrorcore, with some of the best feature of the year; and 'BMT' is the only way to top these tracks in terms of visceral horror.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 2018:18Rank Score:264
Rank in 2010s902Overall Rank:5,961
Average Rating:  81/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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6. (5) Down1

Now OnlyUnited States Mount Eerie
'Now Only' shares some similarities with 2017's 'A Crow Looked At Me', but feels like it occupies a quite different space. It is still a uniquely sad and bleak album, but there is more going on musically, and the rawness of it's predecessor doesn't quite carry over completely. This is good for the record as it now has the freedom to be musically interesting without losing the emotional impact that make the last two Mount Eerie releases stand out in Phil's already deeply impactful discography.
(First added to chart: 03/23/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 2018:15Rank Score:295
Rank in 2010s807Overall Rank:5,466
Average Rating:  74/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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7. (6) Down1

Heaven And EarthUnited States Kamasi Washington

(First added to chart: 06/26/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 2018:23Rank Score:253
Rank in 2010s954Overall Rank:6,191
Average Rating:  79/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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8. (7) Down1

Some Rap SongsUnited States Earl Sweatshirt
It's a good thing that 'Some Rap Songs' is brief album, since it takes a few listens to fully appreciate what Earl is trying to make here, and how well he achieves it. At first only a few of the 15 tracks will stick, but once the individual loops have got a hold of you, they provide a perfect background for the bleak introspective lyricism. This is Earl's most cohesive album, and whilst it's not as dark as the first half of 'IDLS' or any section of 'Solace', a lot of what's on here is coming from a negative space. It's yet again, a very personal project and this is helped by the rough sound of the recording. It feels almost as if these tracks were made in the spur of the moment, giving the emotions conveyed a greater intensity. The album closes with 'Peanut' and 'Riot', where the former is the darkest point of the album, where Earl reflects on the death of his dad earlier this year. 'Riot' reworks a track by his dad's late friend Hugh Masekala and has a triumphant feel to it, giving the final two tracks a balance of 'rest in peace' on one hand and 'rest in power' on the other.
(First added to chart: 12/06/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 2018:27Rank Score:221
Rank in 2010s1,083Overall Rank:6,876
Average Rating:  80/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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9. (8) Down1

Ordinary Corrupt Human LoveUnited States Deafheaven

(First added to chart: 08/01/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 2018:31Rank Score:179
Rank in 2010s1,312Overall Rank:8,015
Average Rating:  78/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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10. (9) Down1

2012 - 2017United States Against All Logic

(First added to chart: 03/07/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 2018:10Rank Score:423
Rank in 2010s546Overall Rank:4,082
Average Rating:  80/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 composition

Artist Albums %


André 3000 1 1%
Mary Lattimore & Meg Baird 1 1%
Frankie Cosmos 1 1%
Kids See Ghosts 1 1%
Mac Miller 1 1%
Blood Orange 1 1%
Saba 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 61 61%
United Kingdom 23 23%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Sweden 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Italy 2 2%
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 18 from 20th to 2nd
You Won't Get What You Want
by Daughters
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 2nd to 3rd
7
by Beach House
fallers Down 1 from 3rd to 4th
Twin Fantasy (Face To Face)
by Car Seat Headrest
fallers Down 1 from 4th to 5th
TA13OO
by Denzel Curry

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