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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2018

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2018

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10. Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss

Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

abysskiss continues to keep Lenker's songwriting hot streak going — more than enough to tide us over until the next Big Thief record.

9. Elisapie - The Ballad of the Runaway Girl

Elisapie - The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

8. Odetta Hartman - Old Rockhounds Never Die

Odetta Hartman - Old Rockhounds Never Die
August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

7. Neko Case - Hell-On

Neko Case - Hell-On
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

Hell-On is incredibly dense and eclectic; each moment sonically plays up Case's lyrics and her inimitable delivery — which can turn from tough to vulnerable, to casually wry and to siren-esque within a few lines.

6. Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love

Marlon Williams - Make Way for Love
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
The result is a stunning work that will draw you back to repeated, if oft intense, listening.

5. Mount Eerie - Now Only

Mount Eerie - Now Only
March 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

There are only six tracks here, but they cover massive lyrical ground ... Combined with spare arrangements that highlight hypnotic acoustic strums, moody keys and even a some fuzz-drenched rock-outs, the result is an emotionally nuanced meditation on death that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

4. Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

Heynderickx's music sounds fresh and improvised, as much about process as it is about poetry and craft.

3. Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel

Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

The last two Pistol Annies albums ranged from very good to brilliant; this album seems to be a breakthrough, a masterpiece that extends their already formidable gifts.

2. Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death

Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
In the end, Rose Waterfalls' chameleonic two names are just another example of all the change, metamorphosis, turning and movement of the record.

1. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
Original Source: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaim_s_top_10_folk_and_country_albums-best_of_2018
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