Drowned in Sound's 15 Favorite Albums of 2018

Drowned in Sound's 15 Favorite Albums of 2018

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15. Manic Street Preachers - Resistance Is Futile

April 13, 2018
Critic Score
69
17 reviews

Resistance is Futile is another curious chapter in the story of a band whose imperfection is one of their most endearing features.

13. Suede - The Blue Hour

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

The darkest and most swooningly elegiac Suede album since Dog Man Star, and arguably the most imaginative and interesting of their career.

12. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

All of this is reflected in tunes that warp and slide uncomfortably, guitars that never seem to stay quite in tune, beats and hooks that dissolve before they resolve, Dev Hynes’ vocal always naked and vulnerable, with no effort made to hide his insecurities with his own ability.

11. Metric - Art of Doubt

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
72
13 reviews

10. Muncie Girls - Fixed Ideals

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

9. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
Ultimately, Young Fathers continue to prove their worth as an outlier in UK art-pop. Their very specific melting pot of identities continue to be one of the most exciting things coming out of not only Scotland (which they very much are) but in the world, today, facing an increasingly divisive political sphere of which the band's music is in constant conversation with.

8. CHVRCHES - Love is Dead

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
71
26 reviews

Chvrches may declare that love is dead; but you just fell right back into it. You won’t shake this record for a very long time. When you close your eyes, you’ll forever be able to trace the outline of its face.

7. Black Foxxes - REIðI

March 16, 2018
Critic Score
86
5 reviews
This is music for dark nights and bright mornings. Music for the cold, the lonely and the loved all at once. Music to wrap yourself in and make your own. It’s drama and joy and thrilling noise, and you need to hear it now.

6. Anna Calvi - Hunter

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

4. Gazelle Twin - Pastoral

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

Pastoral is a towering work that truly distils all of its maker's talents into a unified whole. It runs deeper than being merely being just a response to Brexit. Its a braver album than that, one that can face horror in hope for better times, one of innocence and experience.

3. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Chris is not Letissier’s masterpiece – that is surely yet to come – but it is a glorious statement of intent and a beacon of rainbow neon illuminating the current cultural and social landscape.

2. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

Joy As An Act Of Resistance is everything anyone could have wanted or expected it to be: Idles have released the most relevant and at times gut wrenching album of the year.

1. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
It is an astonishing album, cohesive but wide ranging, sometimes presenting Low as they were, more often seeing the trio forge on until guitars dissolve, words dissolve, flesh dissolves and everything becomes pure light.
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