Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2018

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2018

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24. Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

As well-realized as the original Twin Fantasy was, and as much as it's defined by a specific period in its creator's life, it's obvious that Toledo sees the project as a fluid work.

23. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

Nine Inch Nails’s Bad Witch wrestles with a depraved culture that's showing signs of impending collapse.

22. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

20. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

Sweetener is a reflection of Grande's growing awareness of herself as an artist and her place in the world.

19. Sofi Tukker - Treehouse

Sofi Tukker - Treehouse
April 13, 2018
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

Though Sofi Tukker’s mélange of disparate sounds and influences ... lends Treehouse an air of worldly sophistication, Hawley-Weld and Halpern never take themselves or their music too seriously. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

18. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

With Wide Awake!, Parquet Courts treats both figurative and literal forward motion as a cathartic act.

17. Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough

Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
66
21 reviews

A Productive Cough is Titus Andronicus's freshest, wildest, most unexpected work to date.

16. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

Unlike most ephemeral pop music today, Chris—like the gender-fluid character at its center—feels consequential and everlasting.

15. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Negro Swan is Blood Orange's most assured, accomplished, and significant album to date.

14. Vince Staples - FM!

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

13. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

The singer-songwriter's impossibly effortless tunesmithing remains a preternatural force. But this time, it's accompanied by heavier subjects, more personal confessionals, and a sense that Barnett's cheery melodies exist solely to keep her from being crushed by the weight of the world.

12. Mariah Carey - Caution

November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Caution feels like the album Mariah has wanted to make all along: one that literally throws caution to the wind and sees her embracing her inner weirdo.

10. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

9. Belly - DOVE

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
66
9 reviews

Just as Dove's songs adopt a comparatively traditional pop-rock bent, they're lyrically more cogent than Donelly's early world-salad compositions, with a focus on family and mature relationships.

7. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
Even as she continues to explore the dark parts of her soul lyrically, Mitski sounds more confident than ever.

6. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
Taken together, these songs present Cardi as an artist confident enough to expand her sound but smart—and some might say calculated—enough not to drift too far from her wheelhouse.

5. The Internet - Hive Mind

July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

Hive Mind is the Internet's most musically diverse and synergetic album to date.

4. Troye Sivan - Bloom

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

Bloom may be less ambitious than its predecessor, but it frequently manages to do more with less.

2. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

In shedding her sci-fi persona, Monáe has ended up making a great pop album, and a rallying call for “free-ass motherfuckers” everywhere.

1. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

At nine lean but often seemingly formless tracks, Honey feels raw and incomplete, like a work in progress—and maybe that’s the point.

Original Source: https://www.slantmagazine.com/features/article/the-25-best-albums-of-2018
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