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Crack Magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2018

Crack Magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2018

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50. Dean Blunt - Soul on Fire

Dean Blunt - Soul on Fire
September 19, 2018
Critic Score
62
2 reviews

49. Mariah Carey - Caution

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

47. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

From the moment it begins, Double Negative sounds like being inside a violent storm, holding up a mirror to the turbulence of the world right now.

45. Eartheater - IRISIRI

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
74
7 reviews

At times, this record can feel uncomfortable, with its abundance of vocal falsettos and staccato synths, but it is in this discomfort that IRISIRI reveals itself.

44. Helena Hauff - Qualm

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

While she isn’t the first in recent years to shun hi-tech production tools, Hauff makes her machines bleed better than most.

43. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Typically dense with historical reference points, as well as contemporary interrogations of real-world issues, Dirty Computer is the ecstatic protest album for an era that will keep people pondering its cultural significance for generations to come.

42. Bruce - Sonder Somatic

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

39. Kali Uchis - Isolation

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

38. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

It’s clear that through this album’s 16 introspective, tender and heart-rending tracks, this is the kind of world Dev Hynes is striving to create through his music: one where the negro swan isn’t only desired, but allowed to soar.

37. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

With Age Of, 0PN has once again taken things up a notch.

36. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
87
24 reviews

32. Snail Mail - Lush

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

On her debut album as Snail Mail, Jordan pines for a series of former lovers throughout the album, and it’s refreshing to hear the emotions which we usually thrash out in our own heads being clearly communicated with no shame.

31. Ryuichi Sakamoto - async remodels

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async remodels
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

30. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
It might not be formally radical, but the tunes are irresistible, and Washington and his band The Next Step have a winning charisma.

28. Deena Abdelwahed - Khonnar

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

27. Teyana Taylor - K.T.S.E.

June 23, 2018
Critic Score
73
12 reviews

26. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

25. Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

23. Kamaal Williams - The Return

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
For jazz and funk lovers, it’s a gem.

20. Various Artists - Kulør 001

October 11, 2018
Critic Score
82
1 review

19. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

17. Mac Miller - Swimming

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

16. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

This is an album that navigates the ambiguous waters of sexuality and identity, relationships and selfhood, with a steady, sure hand.

15. Shinichi Atobe - Heat

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

14. DJ Taye - Still Trippin'

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

DJ Taye’s creative, rich debut album Still Trippin’ is footwork at its best.

13. The Internet - Hive Mind

July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
A brilliant, electric album to keep you dancing through the summer.

12. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

While Beyondless is a record that honours the lineage of the great musicians that came before Iceage, this music is too alive and too lustful to be sterilised by the praise of rockist bores. It’s the sound of a band who’ve been bound together by music since they were kids, and they’ve not lost an ounce of passion along the way.

10. Skee Mask - Compro

May 15, 2018
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

8. Nines - Crop Circle

April 20, 2018
Critic Score
75
1 review

7. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

There’s ... a certain sense of growth from her breakthrough album, 2016’s Puberty 2 – this is bolder, more ambitious and experimental.

6. Playboi Carti - Die Lit

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

5. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
89
26 reviews

A heady, confusing rush of present-day fury and hope for a brighter future, Joy as An Act of Resistance is a record that bristles with the political and emotional energy of punk’s very best.

4. Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love

September 5, 2018
Critic Score
83
12 reviews
This is a mission statement from an artist who knows that the trademark of their sound is not so much the sound itself, but its ability to take hold of the listener and bring them into the fold. It is the manifestation of a vision, now fully realised, projected to us from within.

2. Tirzah - Devotion

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

1. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES is every bit the full-length statement of purpose SOPHIE’s fans have waited years for; a maturation and refinement of her brand of meta plasticine electro that reflects the sharpened sense of focus that accompanies its creator strutting purposefully into the spotlight.

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