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The Skinny's Top 50 Albums of 2018

The Skinny's Top 50 Albums of 2018

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49. Her's - Invitation to Her's

Her's - Invitation to Her's
August 24, 2018
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

48. Porches - The House

Porches - The House
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
70
20 reviews

The House, Aaron Maine's third album as Porches, is an incessantly earnest portrayal of love and regret, decay and change. It is never not self-serious as Maine's lilting voice takes a diaristic approach, singing personal songs full of longing and desire over computerised keys and synths.

47. Shame - Songs of Praise

January 12, 2018
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

46. Tomberlin - At Weddings

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

At Weddings shows Tomberlin tapping into a tentative inner strength, creating a soothing record that ends up resisting its self-doubts and reaches out its hand.

45. U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

In a Poem Unlimited lives up to its aim and its name. It’s a reflection of abuse that feels all-encompassing, and of this era. It’s a timeless gem of an album that is about as powerful as pop music can be.

44. Amanda Shires - To The Sunset

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
10 reviews

With a hint of Nanci Griffith and Conor Oberst, Amanda Shires is on fine form sounding nothing short of Presidential on To the Sunset.

43. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Double Negative is a magnificent and courageous record, if you’re ready for it.

42. Swearin' - Fall into the Sun

Swearin' - Fall into the Sun
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

Swearin' reunite after a short time away with their best album to date. But this time they approach their usual razor-sharp riffs and pop-punk melodies with a new sense of confidence and maturity

40. Skee Mask - Compro

May 15, 2018
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

39. Superorganism - Superorganism

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

Superorganism's self-titled debut album recalls the energy and fun of early-mid 00s electro indie pop but ultimately lacks in substance.

38. Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

This has been billed as his most reflective album, a chance to make connections across his musical career but there’s a quiet confidence too, delivering some of his most intricate arrangements and roaming far beyond the Americana tag that he was often filed under.

37. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
Iceage continue to be one of the most exciting bands in music.

35. Snail Mail - Lush

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

On Lush, Snail Mail maestro Lindsey Jordan always has something important to say, and it’s worth listening to. Lush is a debut burst forth in full technicolour.

34. Fatherson - Sum of All Your Parts

Fatherson - Sum of All Your Parts
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

33. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

Mostly ... Con Todo el Mundo is a celebration of what shared creativity and influence can bring – something the world needs a bit more of these days.

32. Amen Dunes - Freedom

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

31. Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Altogether, Working Class Woman is an incredibly cohesive art-house album with a perfect combination of electronic music and spoken word, and if it doesn’t punch through the roof of clubs everywhere at least Davidson will be sorted as a kick-ass life coach.

30. Mastersystem - Dance Music

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
Much as Hutchison as a songwriter, and Frightened Rabbit at their collective peak, are excellent, one of the last adjectives one would use to describe them is "fun". So what a pleasure it is to hear this new project which, while lyrically still filled with the (increasingly ageing) concerns and anxieties Hutchison is known for writing about, is musically reminiscent of all your favourite early 90s alt-rock and indie bands.

28. Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
You absolutely can hear the fingerprints of Prass' influences across these tracks, but as well as the Dusty Springfield and Karen Carpenter tones that colour her first record, there's bits of Dionne Warwick, Laura Nyro and Diana Ross. More than that though, you're hearing a songwriter who seems to know exactly what she wants to make, and has all the tools to do that. A glorious, glorious album.

27. Half Waif - Lavender

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

She’s always been a powerful performer, but she’s nailed the careful art of crafting an album with Lavender; its stories, themes and tunes echo each other powerfully.

25. Martha Ffion - Sunday Best

Martha Ffion - Sunday Best
March 9, 2018
Critic Score
80
1 review

Boasting memorable songs front to back, Sunday Best is a confident debut chock-full of understated pleasures, one that hints Martha Ffion will only get better as her career progresses.

23. Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Bark Your Head Off, Dog is another great Hop Along album, intimate and grand in a way only few can do.

22. Kali Uchis - Isolation

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

21. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

There’s rarely time these days to sit down and really listen to an album beginning to end, but that’s what Jon Hopkins wants you to do with Singularity, and if you can afford the just-over-an-hour-long runtime then you’ll get so much more out of this record than you thought possible.

20. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

19. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

A sparkling pop album that flourishes in both English and French, Chris is a supremely confident introduction to the next phase of Christine and the Queens.

18. Nao - Saturn

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

NAO assuredly ascends into the stratosphere with sophomore album Saturn, an open diary that leaves you both rooting for and absorbed in the afflictions of the angelic singer.

17. Confidence Man - Confident Music For Confident People

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
87
9 reviews

Confidence Man are a band who know exactly what they want; with a fucking excellent sense of humour to boot, they shouldn't be taken too seriously. Confident Music for Confident People is littered with unexpected flourishes, comical call-and-responses and an overriding element of fun. It's surely the party of the year.

15. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs revels in keeping you off balance; it impresses, inspires and occasionally overwhelms, but it never outstays its welcome. A fantastic statement from an endlessly evolving band shouting louder than ever.

14. Dream Wife - Dream Wife

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Dream Wife is brimming with grungey, glam melters and dreamy pop melodies that perfectly capture the enthusiasm and confidence of Dream Wife's live shows, without sounding too over-polished.

12. Beach House - 7

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

While the fruits of their reinvention aren't always compelling here, 7 is still a solid first step heralding Beach House's next phase.

11. Kathryn Joseph - From When I Wake the Want Is

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

On her second album, Scottish pianist and singer Kathryn Joseph continues to excel at both the light and the dark without ever being grey, and it's the constant exchange between pain and beauty that makes this album is a roaring success.

10. Nils Frahm - All Melody

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

9. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
Indulgent? Possibly, but it works, because this record – even the longest tracks – is punchy, witty and razor sharp.

8. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews
Despite the gentle forays into new styles, the universally relatable stories are still well and present, with enough morbid humour, intricately drawn character studies and down-to-earth wisdom to keep you coming back again and again.

5. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

4. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

While Joy as an Act of Resistance might not flow perfectly as an album, many of its songs when taken on their own raise some serious hell.

3. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

If Bury Me at Makeout Creek marked Mitski’s “breakthrough” and seismic shift from piano to punk rage on guitar, and Puberty 2 grappled with finding happiness in the reality of adulthood, Be the Cowboy is a new frontier.

2. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

In its 13 tracks and just shy of 40 minutes, Wide Awake! shows perhaps the band's broadest emotional range to date with a healthy dollop of anger on display. There is rather a lot to be angry about right now, but Parquet Courts remind us to, at least, dance and have a good time, despite the impending apocalypse.

1. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Cocoa Sugar slaps sugary boy band choruses against tongue-twister rap, via surreal imagery borrowed from the Bible and a sprinkling of the kind of idioms your nan might use. It’s a potent mix, and their best album yet.

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