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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 by babyBlueSedan (2018)  

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Guess it's about time I make one of these. I've been pretty ambivalent about listening to music lately so I haven't listened to much from 2018, but I'll throw what I have heard here. If you want to know how this chart works check my other recent year charts because I'm too lazy to paste it here. Basically check out anything I rated 65 or above.

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Chart updated: 3 days ago (Created: 03/24/2018 16:39). Chart size: 100 albums.

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Now OnlyUnited States Mount Eerie
100/100
Rambler-songwriter

I wasn't super into A Crow Looked At Me, because as heartbreaking and touching as it was it was a bit of a painful listen. Not just because of the subject matter but because the songs didn't always flow very well. This one's got all of the touching sadness as well as some real songs.

Distortion is my song of the year so far and I could probably write a few paragraphs alone on why that song is so great. Instead I'll just say that the last verse is one of the saddest things I've ever heard and that Phil's description of death gets me every time:

"And then distortion
And then the silence of space
The night palace
The ocean blurring"

There's also the verse about how he almost got someone pregnant, which eventually ends up with him rambling existentially about how his ancestors will remember him and how his life is nothing but a series of events but then abruptly ends with "but she had her period eventually and I went back to being 23." But enough about that song. The title track is great because a lot of it is reflecting on his previous album and how such a dark piece of work got him the accolades that it did. It also has an out-of-nowhere chorus that I won't spoil if you haven't heard it but it's simultaneously the funniest and most shocking part of the album.
(First added to chart: 04/05/2018)
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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HistorianUnited States Lucy Dacus
85/100
Reflective singer songwriter with rock out moments

There are some really great opening lines on this thing, like "Waiting for your short hair to grow back to the way you like it, I regret ever implying you could be better," which seems like it was written specifically for me to appreciate. Also "The first time I tasted somebody else's spit I had a coughing fit." The lyrics tend to cool off after this opening greatness, but that doesn't mean the songs aren't worth listening to. There's a lot of introspection here that really tickles my fancy, and the songs know exactly when to rock out. Night Shift is one of my favorite songs of the year, and the rest ain't too shabby either.
(First added to chart: 04/05/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 2018:44Rank Score:138
Rank in 2010s1,651Overall Rank:9,751
Average Rating:  77/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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3. (=)

Golden HourUnited States Kacey Musgraves
85/100
Glam country pop

I feel a bit disappointed by this only because everyone is raving about it and I think it's merely very good. It treads a weird place behind country and straight up pop, and at times I wish it leaned further in either direction. But there are some tremendous songs here - Space Cowboy is one of my favorites of the year - and I can see it getting a lot of plays from me.
(First added to chart: 05/03/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 2018:29Rank Score:208
Rank in 2010s1,137Overall Rank:7,184
Average Rating:  75/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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4. (=)

SkylightUnited States Pinegrove
85/100
Country emo

If you haven't read the Pitchfork article about Evan Stephens Hall and the accusations against him, I highly recommend reading it. While the explanation doesn't really make me forgive him
(I'm not the person that should be forgiving him but I don't know what other word to use) I think it at least makes me feel better about continuing to listen to Pinegrove. At the heart of their music is a sense of trying to become better while still figuring life out, and Hall's response to the whole situation seems to fit in line with that theme. I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to Cardinal quite the same way again, but there's something to be said about an artist who knows they were in the wrong and are looking to make amends.

Lost in the shuffle of Skylight being shelved and then coming out with tons more information on the Hall situation is that the album was completely written and recorded before the allegations were made public. So this isn't an apology record, and if you're looking for insight into what Hall learned you're not going to find it here. It's mostly just a continuation of Cardinal, though it feels much less focused on relationships and more focused on overcoming life's obstacles. For me the standout is Darkness, where hall sings about having darkness on his mind and hoping to find someone who understands. There's a great line about being angry and knowing that being angry is weak, which is the kind of vulnerability and self-awareness I loved on Cardinal. On Skylight Hall sings that "whatever you're feeling is natural" which has already helped me through a couple rough nights.

The thing that makes Skylight stand out a bit from Cardinal is that it feels very pieced together given that a few of the songs are only a minute or so long. But it really helps the album flow well, and one of those songs (Thanksgiving) is one of the best songs here and another (Angelina) is an old Pinegrove song that I'm really really glad found its way onto an album.
(First added to chart: 10/29/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 2018:136Rank Score:43
Rank in 2010s4,609Overall Rank:22,781
Average Rating:  78/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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5. (=)

Boygenius EPUnited States Boygenius
80/100
Supergroup folk

What do you get when you add

1. My favorite new songwriter and creator of my 2017 AOTY
2. The creator of a top 3 2018 album
3. A songwriter I've never enjoyed

The answer is a pretty decent EP. I obviously enjoy Bridgers's song the best, but there isn't a dull moment here. Would have loved a full album though.
(First added to chart: 11/19/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 2018:90Rank Score:59
Rank in 2010s3,804Overall Rank:19,524
Average Rating:  77/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Bark Your Head Off, DogUnited States Hop Along
80/100
Female-fronted folk/indie rock

Painted Shut was an album that I liked upon release but got really into lately. Over the past year it's become an album I put on whenever I can't decide what to listen to, and as such I'd become really excited for the follow-up. I was initially a biiit disappointed, because this new one doesn't rock nearly as hard as Painted Shut. But I couldn't stop listening to it, and now I'm thinking it might be better. It's a much more detailed, nuanced album and tries a lot more interesting things.

Besides, I never liked Hop Along because they rocked out. I liked them because:

- Frances Quinlan is the best rock vocalist of the decade. This album doesn't change that opinion of mine.

- They right songs about really interesting things. Painted Shut contained songs about: the life of Jackson C. Frank, being visited by a Jehovah's Witness, seeing a father abuse his son and not knowing what to do, seeing your ex's new girlfriend while working as a waitress, and meeting a waitress in West Virginia who looks just like you. Very simple concepts, but they got very deep somehow. The songs on this new one aren't much different, though they're also not as easy to pin down. But there's a song about getting freaked out by a running fox and another that I think might be inspired by Something Wicked This Way Comes (Not Abel). But the best song is Prior Things, which starts with some amazing strings and this untouchable opening line:

"Just a few minutes after taking them I realized
Hundreds of buzzing flies were all over me"
(First added to chart: 06/06/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 2018:43Rank Score:139
Rank in 2010s1,633Overall Rank:9,655
Average Rating:  75/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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7. (=)

BeyondlessDenmark Iceage
75/100
Drunken post punk

It would take a lot for me to say an Iceage album is better than Plowing Into the Field of Love, but this is still a solid try. Iceage is back with the slurred Danish vocals, which is the perfect addition to their shambolic version of post punk. Catch It is the best song here, there's really no weak track on this fist-pumping joy ride.
(First added to chart: 06/07/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 2018:45Rank Score:132
Rank in 2010s1,714Overall Rank:10,057
Average Rating:  75/100 (90 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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8. (=)

Double NegativeUnited States Low
75/100
Post industrial slowcore

I've been trying to get into Low ever since I started liking slowcore, but so far they haven't clicked. They've just always been too slow with not enough variety. Which still sounds like something I'd like; I even saw them live at a festival and it was a great experience. But their albums haven't done much for me.

That said, this is the album of theirs that I liked the most, and I hope it gets me into the band. The "glitchy" "experimental" parts aren't a lot to write home about on their own, but combined with the vocals and slow pace it makes for a good atmosphere. There are a couple traditional slowcore songs as well, and they end up being my favorite things here.
(First added to chart: 10/19/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 2018:33Rank Score:170
Rank in 2010s1,375Overall Rank:8,327
Average Rating:  77/100 (88 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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9. (=)

Our Raw HeartUnited States Yob
75/100
Post doom sludge

I was expecting some riffs and instead got some doom riffs mixed with Neurosis-style atmospheric sludge. I am not a fan of Neurosis, but YOB do their style well. The first couple tracks are more traditional stoner-doom, and in the middle it slows down into the atmospheric sludge territory. It ends with a bang though. Beauty in Falling Leaves is my favorite song, and the title track ends the album with a bang. Would have a higher rating if not for the more meandering stuff in the middle.
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 2018:383Rank Score:15
Rank in 2010s8,236Overall Rank:35,333
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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10. (=)

How To Socialise & Make FriendsAustralia Camp Cope
75/100
Nonchalant rock

I may be a cis white male but this album is pretty kickass. This is a so-easy-it's-lazy comparison but it really feels a lot like Exile in Guyville in places. Not so much because of the subject matter (Exile was much more about self-reflection and this album focuses more on society's gender norms and such) but because of the passionate yet not really dynamic vocals and nonchalant instrumentation. But it still carves it's own path, with some really memorable lines and catchy grooves. There's a bit of a dry stretch in the middle, but the closer more than makes up for that.
(First added to chart: 04/05/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 2018:78Rank Score:67
Rank in 2010s3,440Overall Rank:17,988
Average Rating:  71/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 composition

Artist Albums %


The Internet 1 1%
Janelle Monáe 1 1%
Vince Staples 1 1%
Pinegrove 1 1%
Big Red Machine 1 1%
Blood Orange 1 1%
Yves Tumor 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 70 70%
United Kingdom 12 12%
Australia 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Canada 3 3%
Sweden 1 1%
Austria 1 1%
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 3 from 28th to 25th
Dirty Computer
by Janelle Monáe
climbers Up 2 from 34th to 32nd
Honey
by Robyn
climbers Up 2 from 33rd to 31st
Love Is Dead
by Chvrches
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 33 from 27th to 60th
DiCaprio 2
by J.I.D.
fallers Down 17 from 64th to 81st
Lush
by Snail Mail
fallers Down 7 from 26th to 33rd
Knock Knock
by DJ Koze
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newentries A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
by The 1975

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Thanks for the Whitney Ballen rec...this shit is amazing.
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